Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is continuing his attempt to convince voters that he has no tolerance for violent and destructive rioting that has erupted from within ongoing protests.
Meanwhile, his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), is attracting some contradictory attention for a tweet she posted earlier in the year that appeared to sympathize with the rioters, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“Chip in now”
Harris is under fire from some critics for a post in early June through which she solicited donations to assist with bail for those arrested during demonstrations in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“If you’re able to, chip in now to the [Minnesota Freedom Fund] to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” she tweeted.
At that time, a summer defined by civil unrest was just getting started. Months later, her tweet is complicating matters for the Biden campaign.
Nevertheless, the senator has joined the former vice president in condemning acts of violence reported during ongoing protests across the nation. She echoed Biden’s recent comments in a tweet asserting that they are united in “condemning this violence.”
As for the funds she helped collect on behalf of the Minnesota Freedom Fund, about $35 million was used to secure bail for individuals including those accused of violent crimes, as reported by Fox News.
“Don’t believe her”
“This can not — and must not — be who we are,” Harris said in her latest tweet on the topic. “Americans deserve a president who will heal our country and bring people together — not fan the flames of hate and division.”
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) brought attention to Harris’ prior tweet in an effort to illustrate her apparent duplicity.
“Kamala Harris helped violent rioters in Minnesota get out of jail to do more damage,” he tweeted. “Don’t believe her when she says she ‘condemns the violence’ — look at her record, not her words.”
A Trump campaign statement blasted Biden’s perceived hypocrisy, asserting that he and Harris “are actively putting Americans’ lives at risk by making our streets more dangerous, cops’ jobs more difficult, and families less safe.”
Biden is hoping to convince voters that they would be safer under his administration than they are in Trump’s America. On Election Day, it will be up to the citizenry to determine which candidate’s track record and platform are most likely to keep them and their loved ones safe.