Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit MORE's deputy campaign manager Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldThe Memo: Economy's speed-bumps could worsen Biden's troubles White House pitches House Democrats on messaging for .5T spending plan Biden scraps plans to spend night in Delaware MORE accused President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default 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 TrumpPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' 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 ConwayPsaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards Defense & National Security: The post-airlift evacuation struggle Conway and Spicer fire back at White House over board resignation requests 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.”