In a sickening and disgustingly insulting act, democrats joined together to spew the same gaslit claims that the Trump supporter murdered in Portland on Saturday night was not the result of their lack of law and order (and subsequent support of violent insurrectionists in the city), but instead the result of Donald Trump being president.
Joe Biden, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and a number of others all blamed the violent killing on the president, despite the fact that President Trump has repeatedly offered to quell the illegal criminal takeover of democrat cities, while the same democrat leaders push to defund the very police officers needed to stop the violence.
Former Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement Sunday afternoon in which he blamed President Donald Trump for “incitement” that led to the shooting death of an apparent Trump supporter in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday evening.
Jay Bishop, wearing a “Patriot Prayer” hat who reportedly participated in a caravan of Trump supporters through downtown Portland earlier Saturday evening was shot and killed on the street. Left-wing demonstrators later celebrated his killing.
Biden issued a statement condemning violence “whether on the left or the right,” and blaming Trump for “incitement”:
We must not become a country at war with ourselves. A country that accepts the killing of fellow Americans who do not agree with you. A country that vows vengeance toward one another. But that is the America that President Trump wants us to be, the America he believes we are.
As a country, we must condemn the incitement of hate and resentment that led to this deadly clash. It is not a peaceful protest when you out go out spoiling for a fight. 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? He is recklessly encouraging violence. He may believe that tweeting about law and order makes him strong — but his failure to call on supporters to stop seeking violence shows just how weak he is.
Here’s @JoeBiden‘s statement on the violence in Portland:
“All of us are less safe because Donald Trump can’t do the job of the American president.”
I would expect Biden to deliver this message on TV sooner rather than later. pic.twitter.com/RA8UHQ27xN
— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) August 30, 2020
Biden did not cite any specific statement or action by the president other than tweeting about “law and order.”
Notably, Biden has campaigned on a false claim that Trump praised neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, whom Trump “condemned totally.”
Biden has also said that he would “beat the hell out of Trump” if they were in high school.
He was widely criticized for failing to condemn rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, until lives were lost last week.
Brown’s comments came after months of inaction by local authorities to wrangle violent protests across the city of Portland under Mayor Ted Wheeler.
“For the last several years, and escalating in recent months, President Trump has encouraged division and stoked violence,” Brown said. “It happened in Charlottesville. It happened in Kenosha. And now, unfortunately, it is happening in Portland, Oregon.”
“But despite the President’s jeers and tweets, this is a matter of life and death,” Brown added. “Whether it’s his completely incompetent response to the pandemic, where nearly 200,000 have died, or his outright encouragement of violence in our streets: it should be clear to everyone by now that no one is truly safe with Donald Trump as President.”
Brown continued, noting that she has “supported” peaceful protests in the state.
“Throughout this pandemic, whether it was demonstrations protesting my COVID-19 executive orders, or large crowds marching for the cause of Black Lives Matter to call for police reform, I have supported the rights of all Oregonians to peacefully protest.”
“For months this summer, we have seen powerful images of Oregonians uniting for the cause of racial justice, calling for justice for black men and women who have been killed by police violence,” Brown stated. “We remember them, we say their names. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Philando Castile. Alton Sterling. And far too many other Black lives taken by racist violence.”
“For weeks, we have also seen small groups of demonstrators from all ends of the political spectrum who are intent on committing acts of vandalism and violence,” Brown continued.
Brown concluded her anti-Trump message by claiming the state would find who was “responsible” for the murder and hold them “accountable.”
“Tragically, yesterday a life was lost in downtown Portland,” Brown added. “We do not yet know the full circumstances of this person’s death. Regardless, a life has been lost, and our hearts go out to this person’s family. We will find those who were responsible, and they will be held accountable.”
Protests across Portland for the past few months have been mostly anti-police. One group took to the streets to burn the American flag and copies of the Bible. Another group set ablaze a severed pig’s head, donned with a cop hat sitting atop an American flag.
The Hill reported on Rep. Val Demmings, who added a bit of originality, claiming that it was the ‘politization’ of Homeland Security:
On Sunday called the shooting death during violent clashes between pro-Trump and leftist demonstrators in Portland, Ore., “what happens” as a result of homeland security becoming “politicized.”
“This is exactly what happens when homeland security, the intelligence community, the military who are charged with protecting our homeland, are politicized,” Demings, the former chief of police in Orlando, Fla., said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Demings also called on President Trump to directly address protesters in Portland to alleviate tensions.
“Wouldn’t it be nice for the president of the United States to take to the microphone or the airwaves and send a message for peace and calm?” she asked.
“This now more than ever is a time when we need to hear from the president of the United States,” Demings added. “But the chaos and disorder and lawlessness we are currently seeing, that’s Donald Trump’s America.”
Demings also said Trump “is not capable of fulfilling his duties,” adding that “his primary responsibility is the health, safety and well-being of the American people.”
Asked whether the protests themselves had gotten out of hand, Demings responded that while protesters had the right to peaceably assemble, “anyone on any side in any place who violates the law has to be held accountable.” [Except democrats, of course.]
“We don’t condemn those who are obeying the law because of those who do not obey the law,” she said. “We can do both, and we have done both.”
Have recent #Protests gotten out of hand? @RepValDemings says “In America, we know that demonstrators have the right to demonstrate guaranteed by the First Amendment,” but she reiterates, “We are a nation of laws” and any violation of the law has to be held accountable pic.twitter.com/tWLuydikKC
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) August 30, 2020