Trump hits Biden for 1994 crime bill support

Trump hits Biden for 1994 crime bill support
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE called out former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' 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 HarrisKavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law 'CON laws' limit the health care competition Biden aims to deliver JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians MORE (D-Calif.) and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNYC George Floyd statue to be relocated after vandalism On The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag De Blasio urges NYC businesses to require coronavirus vaccines 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.