Trump condemns riots and looting in Philadelphia

Trump condemns riots and looting in Philadelphia
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President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE said Wednesday that the federal government is looking into the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia while condemning the rioting that followed his death.

“What I am witnessing is terrible and, frankly, the mayor or whoever it is that is allowing people to riot and loot and not stop them is also just a horrible thing,” Trump told reporters during a press conference at his Las Vegas hotel.

“I saw the event, everybody did. It was on television. It was a terrible event,” Trump continued. “I guess that is being looked at very strongly. The federal government is looking at it also but the rioting in Philadelphia, you have to stop it. They have to stop it. It is a local thing, as you know.”

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Trump called on the state to mobilize its National Guard to address the riots and looting, which Pennsylvania Gov. Tom WolfTom WolfEd Gainey sworn in as Pittsburgh's first Black mayor The COVID-19 endgame may be here Pennsylvania GOP Senate votes to bar school children from COVID-19 requirement MORE (D) had already done earlier Wednesday.

The president also sought to blame the unrest on Democratic-run states and cities, saying that “Republicans don’t have it” and characterizing Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNew York woman arrested after allegedly spitting on Jewish children Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as Vatican ambassador Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE as weak on crime. He claimed at one point that police were told to “stand back” and not “do anything” to quell the riots. Trump did not say how he came to understand this but said he heard it “on very good authority.”

“This is a group that [Biden] supports. He doesn’t want to condemn them,” Trump said. “You have to condemn them, you have to be strong, you cannot have chaos like that and he will be very, very weak.”

In fact, Biden condemned the violence during an appearance in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday prior to Trump’s press conference.

"There is no excuse whatsoever for the looting and the violence. None whatsoever," Biden said outside of a polling station after voting. “I think to be able to protest is a totally legitimate, totally reasonable.”

Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, was shot dead during a confrontation with police on Monday after officers responded to a report of an individual carrying a weapon. Video was captured of the incident.

An attorney representing the Wallace family said Tuesday that relatives had called police for an ambulance because Wallace was suffering from a mental crisis at the time.