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Biden condemns Trump for ‘calling for violence against American citizens’

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday denounced President Donald Trump’s tweets about the violent protests and riots in Minneapolis, where demonstrators have railed against racial injustice in policing practices after the death of an African American man who was detained by police.

Biden began his social media posts by writing that he would be speaking “more about the Minnesota events later today.” He then condemned Trump for “calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many.”

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The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s tweets came in response to an overnight Twitter outburst from the president, who wrote that “these THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd.” The president added that he had spoken with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and offered military support, warning, “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

Twitter hid the post with its own notice that the president’s tweet “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.” To see the tweet, a user has to select “View.” The social media company’s disclaimer also said it did not entirely remove the post because it “may be in the public’s interest” for it to be viewable.

Biden said he would not give Trump’s tweet “amplification” by sharing it.

“I will not lift the President’s tweet. I will not give him amplification,” the former vice president said. “But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I’m furious, and you should be too.”

Biden also decried the arrest of a CNN news crew early Friday, when police handcuffed reporter Omar Jimenez and led him away even after he produced his press credentials. He was quickly released and back on CNN’s air less than 90 minutes later.

Jimenez, who is black, was reporting on the protest and riots since the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer detained him and knelt on his neck for several minutes. Floyd was motionless after the officer’s actions, then was carried away on a gurney and pronounced dead at a local hospital.

“This is not abstract: a black reporter was arrested while doing his job this morning, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free,” Biden said. “I am glad swift action was taken, but this, to me, says everything.”


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