Trump campaign spokesperson: Media ignored violence in streets until Biden mentioned it

Trump campaign spokesperson: Media ignored violence in streets until Biden mentioned it
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Hogan Gidley, a spokesperson for President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE's reelection campaign, said Sunday that the media ignored "the violence in our streets" during demonstrations until Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE mentioned it.

Gidley accused the media of being “complicit” in the violence and for ignoring it for 90 days, the amount of time protests in Portland, Ore. have lasted since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. 

“Ninety days we've been talking about the death, the destruction, the looting, the rioting,” he told Fox News’s “MediaBuzz.” “President Trump has offered to send in federal assets into many towns, many cities across this country. Democrat-controlled areas, those governors, those mayors refuse to let that happen.”


“The media complicit in that, ignored it for 90 days,” he added. “And then all of a sudden, a few days ago, Joe Biden says something about violence in our streets and it's incredible, the media found Jesus all of a sudden on the topic.”

Host Howard Kurtz pushed back on Gidley’s allegations, saying “there’s been all kinds of coverage of the violence in Seattle and Portland and now in Kenosha.”

“But with descriptors that they were peaceful,” Gidley answered. “Joe Biden himself called them peaceful protests. In fact, he said it was the police that were inciting the violence.”

The White House spokesperson also called the Biden campaign’s claim that the president is inciting violence “absolutely ridiculous” and a “flat-out lie.”

“The president’s been the one talking about violence in our streets and how we make our families feel safe again,” he said. 

“The last couple days have been completely mind-blowing to me and very revealing as to the media's purely political agenda,” he added.


Gidley’s comments come as protests continue in Portland, Oregon, and have erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over police treatment Black people. Both cities saw fatal shootings within the last week, while Trump has called for local and state officials to restore order. 

The protests in Portland have continued since Floyd’s death in May and had prompted the Trump administration to send federal authorities to quell the demonstrations in July before withdrawing them.  

Demonstrations started in Kenosha last week after a video circulated showing a police officer shooting Jacob Blake in the back at least seven times. 

Local and state officials in Portland have refused federal assistance, while Kenosha officials eventually accepted the aid after two people were fatally shot last week. 

In an interview last week, Biden accused Trump of "rooting" for violence amid the protests. 

--This report was updated on August 31 at 7:45 a.m.