Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters
President Trump on Monday ripped members of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign for donating money to a fund that helps arrested protesters pay bail in Minnesota amid demonstrations over the police-involved death of George Floyd.
The president in a tweet accused the former vice president’s staff of “working to get the anarchists out of jail.”
“Joe doesn’t know anything about it, he is clueless, but they will be the real power, not Joe,” Trump added. “They will be calling the shots! Big tax increases for all, Plus!”
Sleepy Joe Biden’s people are so Radical Left that they are working to get the Anarchists out of jail, and probably more. Joe doesn’t know anything about it, he is clueless, but they will be the real power, not Joe. They will be calling the shots! Big tax increases for all, Plus!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2020
Over the weekend, several Biden staffers went on Twitter to say that they would direct money to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a group that opposes cash bail and is putting up money to help arrested protesters avoid imprisonment ahead of their trials.
A Reuters analysis found that 13 Biden campaign staffers had posted about their donations to the group.
The Hill reached out to the Biden campaign on Monday morning for comment.
Minnesota officials announced on Sunday night that they arrested 150 people as part of an effort to enforce Gov. Tim Walz’s (D) curfew aimed at curbing protests that have erupted across the nation in response to Floyd’s death.
Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged in Floyd’s death after video emerged showing him restraining Floyd by kneeling on his neck.
Officials initially blamed outside agitators for the civil unrest in the state, but later walked back the remarks as arrest records revealed that many of the protesters live in Minnesota.
In a statement over the weekend, Biden said that protests are an acceptable response to police brutality, but he warned against violence and destruction of property.
“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response,” Biden said. “But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”
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