Biden campaign adviser: Trump 'has been trying to incite violence this entire summer'

Biden campaign adviser: Trump 'has been trying to incite violence this entire summer'
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Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE's deputy campaign manager Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldWe knew media would coddle Biden — here's why it's much worse Strong words but weak response when a Biden aide breaks the rules White House press aide suspended for threatening Politico reporter MORE accused President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE on Sunday of “inciting violence” with his response to unrest in American cities.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Bedingfield noted that the previous guest, Trump campaign adviser Lara TrumpLara TrumpWhy Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment now Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Graham: Lara Trump is biggest winner of impeachment trial MORE, had falsely claimed Biden waited months to condemn violence at protests.

“That’s absolutely not true,” Bedingfield said, noting Biden’s condemnation of violence “right after” George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis in May.

“Part of why we are in the state of chaos that we’re in in this country is because Donald Trump has failed to lead on the coronavirus. He failed to take it seriously from the outset, and he’s failed to be a uniter. He’s failed to lead,” she said. “Trump has been trying to incite violence this entire summer.”

“He’s had every opportunity to speak as a leader to this nation, to speak to people who are in trouble but also people who are looking around and are afraid, who see chaos,” Bedingfield added. “He has encouraged his supporters to go out, to be aggressive.”

Bedingfield also pointed to comments by counselor to the president Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway calls for thorough Lincoln Project probe: 'The lying has to stop' Claudia Conway advances on 'American Idol,' parents Kellyanne, George appear The swift death of the media darlings known as the Lincoln Project MORE implying violence in the streets is to the president’s electoral advantage.

“He has at every opportunity tried to fan the flames here, and that is the reason we are living in Donald Trump’s America,” she added. “He is trying to make an argument about Joe Biden’s America pointing to things that are happening in Donald Trump’s America.”

Wallace pressed Bedingfield on comments Biden made in an interview suggesting that, as president, he would reimpose mass coronavirus lockdown measures if advised to do so by experts.

Bedingfield said such a step could be necessary “because Donald Trump has not successfully managed this crisis. We have over 180,000 Americans dead. We have a virus coursing unchecked throughout our country. We have people unable to send their kids back to school.”