Even as some Democrats claim the Trump campaign is paying insufficient attention to Jacob Blake and others shot by police, the party’s presidential nominee is facing criticism for allegations he made about the victim of gun violence last month.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was caught during recent campaign comments furthering the theory that Aaron Danielson, a supporter of President Donald Trump, was “inciting responses” when he was gunned down during a Portland protest, as reported by Breitbart.
“Apparently there was someone shot”
Biden, who faced criticism earlier in the summer for a perceived lack of condemnation in response to violent and destructive demonstrations across the U.S., has changed his campaign’s messaging in recent weeks.
Although he has denounced violence on all sides, his remarks about Danielson attracted particular attention and controversy.
His remarks came during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, this week, as part of a continuing conversation about a recent wave of protests stemming from the death of George Floyd while in police custody in May.
Danielson’s alleged killer, Michael Forest Reinoehl, is reportedly a far-left activist aligned with antifa. While Biden has called for justice in the case, he seemed to suggest — without firm evidence to back it up — that the victim played a role in his own homicide.
“I might add, by the way, I think what happened in Portland, where a — one of the Trump guys riding along in vans, inciting responses, shooting rubber bullets, I guess, or paintballs, apparently there was someone shot by someone in the crowd, with a bullet,” Biden said.
“Fanning the flames of hate and division”
He went on to say that he believes “that person should meet the legal requirements, whatever that calls for, be investigated, and it should follow through on what needs to be done.”
Biden has connected the violence to Trump more directly in prior comments.
As the Washington Examiner reported last month, he claimed the president’s rhetoric has been a direct influence on those responsible for criminal behavior and rioting.
“What does President Trump think will happen when he continues to insist on fanning the flames of hate and division in our society and using the politics of fear to whip up his supporters?” Biden asked.
Trump has frequently been accused by the media of weighing in on unresolved matters. Unfortunately, clear evidence of Biden doing exactly that is not likely to receive even a fraction of that indignant coverage.