Joe Biden and the mainstream media have placed much of the blame for the fatalities during the Kenosha and Portland riots on President Trump for “inciting violence” among his supporters.
However, Trump abruptly ended that narrative when he told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham in an interview that aired on Monday that he doesn’t want his supporters confronting left-wing protesters in these volatile situations.
Trump says “no” to confrontation
Ingraham asked Trump during the course of the interview: “[D]o you want your supporters to confront the left-wing protesters, or do you want to leave it to law enforcement?”
Trump replied without hesitation, “No. No, I don’t want them. I want to leave it to law enforcement.”
“But my supporters are wonderful, hard-working, tremendous people,” Trump continued. “And they turn on their television set, and they look at a Portland, or they look at a Kenosha, before I got involved and stopped it, or they look at Chicago, where 78 people were shot last weekend and numerous people died, or they look at New York, where violence is up by like, what? 150%. … They’re looking at all of this, and they can’t believe it.”
Trump’s comments stand in stark contrast to Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s commentary on the situation, in which Biden accused Trump of “fomenting” the violence sweeping the nation.
Biden goes all in
During a campaign speech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday afternoon, Biden called Trump supporters an “armed militia in this country” in an apparent reference to the recent events in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“This president, long ago, forfeited any moral leadership in this country,” Biden claimed. “He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it. You know, he may believe mouthing the words “law and order” makes him strong.”
“But his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows how weak he is. Does anyone believe there’ll be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?” Biden queried.
Biden and Trump have traded barbs over who is inciting more violence, with Trump calling on Biden to condemn militant Antifa members said to be inciting riots in cities across the nation.
“When is Slow Joe Biden going to criticize the Anarchists, Thugs & Agitators in ANTIFA?” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
“I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right,” A campaign statement released on behalf of Biden read in response. “And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same.”