Trump hits Biden for 1994 crime bill support

Trump hits Biden for 1994 crime bill support
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE called out former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE in a set of tweets Monday for his support of the 1994 crime bill.

"Super Predator was the term associated with the 1994 Crime Bill that Sleepy Joe Biden was so heavily involved in passing," Trump tweeted.

"That was a dark period in American History, but has Sleepy Joe apologized? No!"

Biden, who is among the 2020 presidential hopefuls but at the time was a senator from Delaware, was instrumental in pushing for the crime bill, which critics have said led to a spike in incarceration, particularly among African Americans.


The legislation offered states financial incentives to impose stricter sentencing laws and enacted a three-strikes rule that imposed a mandatory life sentence if a person with two or more prior convictions was found guilty of a violent crime.

The former vice president has defended his role in the legislation saying its gun control language, including an assault weapons ban, helped "beat the NRA," referring to the National Rifle Association, and denying its association with the resulting increase in incarceration.

Biden has been blasted for the bill by two of his fellow 2020 Democratic hopefuls, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll MORE (D-Calif.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York City coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000 California to release up to 3,500 non-violent inmates amid coronavirus outbreak On The Money: Infrastructure bill gains new steam as coronavirus worsens | Trump officials detail new small-business loan program | Outbreak poses threat to mortgage industry MORE.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump said African Americans "will not be able" to vote for candidates who supported the 1994 bill. Trump has signed criminal justice reforms that advocates say benefit the African American community, though his past comments about issues ranging from the Central Park Five to black athletes kneeling during the national anthem have drawn accusations of racism. Trump's approval rating among black voters has never cleared 20 percent, according to Gallup polling.