Trump tells reporter about ‘your supporters’ shot and killed protester in Portland – National


US President Donald Trump told a reporter on Monday that “your supporters” were behind the shooting death of a man during protests in Portland last weekend, while refusing to condemn the violent tactics of the counter-demonstrators who support him.Earlier Monday, Trump slammed his presidential opponent Joe Biden for failing to explicitly condemn Antifa and other perpetrators of what the president called “leftist political violence” amid protests against injustice racialism and police brutality which is escalating again in the United States.

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A CNN reporter then asked Trump during a White House briefing why he wouldn’t do the same for a group of his supporters who were seen filming protesters with paintballs and pepper spray in the back of trucks equipped with Trump’s reelection. banners and flags.

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“It was a peaceful protest,” he said. “Painting is a defensive mechanism. Paint is not bullets.

“Your supporters – and they are indeed your supporters – shot a young man and killed him. Not with paint, but with a ball. And I think it’s shameful.

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A supporter of the right-wing Patriot Prayer was killed Saturday night amid skirmishes between Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters who had gathered for another night of protests.

Police did not make an arrest in this case, and there is no evidence the shooter was a supporter of CNN or any other media.

The victim was identified by the founder of Patriot Prayer as Aaron “Jay” Danielson of Portland. Police, who confirmed the identity on Monday, said Danielson was 39 years old and died of a gunshot wound to his chest.

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Protests in Portland have continued uninterrupted for nearly 100 days since the police murder of George Floyd, a black man, in Minneapolis on May 25. , Jacob Blake, back seven times Tuesday.

Blake survived the shooting, but has become another symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement and calls for police reform in the United States.

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Protests in Kenosha last weekend against Blake’s shooting saw two protesters killed and one injured. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, an outspoken Trump supporter from Illinois who had armed himself and joined a local militia in Kenosha, has been charged with the shooting.

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At the same press conference on Monday, Trump declined to explicitly condemn Rittenhouse’s actions, suggesting that “he probably would have been killed” had he not opened fire.

While commenting on Portland, Trump said his supporters were motivated by rising crime rates in cities like Chicago, New York and Portland, criticizing that city’s mayor for refusing to accept help from federal agents to quell violence.

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“When these people turn on this and see this, they say ‘this is not our country’,” he said, while repeating that his supporters “entered peacefully”.

Saying that the Portland shooter was a supporter of CNN, Trump continued to paint the media in general as being too biased towards Democrats and liberal interests.

And while the president criticized Biden for siding with the “anarchists,” Biden, in his most direct attacks to date, accused Trump of being behind the divisions that sparked the violence. He gave an unusually hot speech at a campaign event in Pittsburgh and distanced himself from radical forces involved in the altercations.

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“He doesn’t want to shed light,” Biden said of Trump. “He wants to generate heat and stir up violence in our cities. He cannot stop the violence because for years he has been promoting it.

In a statement after comments from Trump’s press conference, Biden said, “Today I went to Pittsburgh to talk about how the president is making America less secure – on COVID, on the economy, on crime, racism, violence – and reiterated my clear message that violence is not the answer to any of these problems.

“Tonight the president refused to reprimand the violence. He wouldn’t even repudiate one of his supporters accused of murder because of his attacks on others. He is too weak, too afraid of the hatred he has aroused to end it.

: With files from The Associated Press

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