Trump and Biden React to Killing of Conservative Activist Amid Violence in Portland

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stand in flag-adorned pickup trucks during their caravan through Portland, Oregon, U.S. August 29, 2020. Picture taken August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Mathieu Lewis-Rolland

Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, former vice president Joe Biden, have both denounced the violence in Portland, Oregon, which included the recent slaying of a conservative activist.

Over the weekend, a conservative activist identified as Aaron “Jay” Danielson of the group Patriot Prayer was shot and killed amid the protests in Portland as his group staged a caravan procession in support of the president.

In a tweet posted Sunday, Trump criticized Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for his handling of the ongoing unrest in the West Coast city, triggered by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, months ago.

“Portland is a mess, and it has been for many years. If this joke of a mayor doesn’t clean it up, we will go in and do it for them!” tweeted the president.

In an earlier tweet from last week, Trump labeled Wheeler “incompetent,” adding that if the mayor “doesn’t get control of his city and stop the Anarchists, Agitators, Rioters and Looters, causing great danger to innocent people, we will go in and take care of matters the way they should have been taken care of 100 days ago!”

Trump went on to criticize Biden, arguing that his Democratic opponent and other Democrats were not sufficiently denouncing leftwing violence in Portland and elsewhere.

“When is Slow Joe Biden going to criticize the Anarchists, Thugs & Agitators in ANTIFA?” tweeted Trump on Sunday. “When is he going to suggest bringing up the National Guard in BADLY RUN & Crime Infested Democrat Cities & States? Remember, he can’t lose the Crazy Bernie Super Liberal vote!”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski