Trump hits Biden for 1994 crime bill support

Trump hits Biden for 1994 crime bill support
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE called out former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage Pelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' 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.

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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 HarrisConway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Beleaguered Biden turns to must-win South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioBloomberg compared civil libertarians, teachers union to NRA 'extremists' in 2013: report De Blasio endorses Sanders for president While Klobuchar surges, Warren flounders 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.