A few campaign staff members for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have made donations to pay bail fees for the people arrested during the protest in Minneapolis over an issue related to the killing of a black man by a white police officer. Republican President Donald Trump’s campaign criticized Biden’s campaign for supporting protestors, whom Trump on Friday called “thugs.”
Democrats Helping Protestors in Minneapolis
Over 13 staff members of the Biden campaign posted on Twitter on Friday and Saturday that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) to pay bail fees of the protestors arrested in Minneapolis protest. Nonetheless, the campaign declined to answer questions on whether the donations were coordinated within the campaign since the protest turned out to be violent by defying the curfew on Friday.
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement that the former vice president opposed the institution of cash bail as a “modern-day debtors’ prison” while pointing out Biden’s comments that “protesters have the right to be angry but that more violence won’t solve justice problems.”
“It is up to everyone to fight injustice,” Colleen May, who identified herself as a campaign organizer for Biden in South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Florida, said in a Twitter post that she showed an image of her receipt from donating $50 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. Meanwhile, Trump has earlier expressed his sympathy over the case of George Floyd, who died on Monday, May 25, 2020, after a police officer pinned him to ground by kneeling on his neck.
Trump Advocates for a Tougher Anti-Police Protest
In response to the donation made by Biden supporters, Trump’s re-election campaign on Saturday condemned it by saying that it was “disturbing” that Biden’s team “would financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building.”
The Republican President Trump, who described himself as a man of “law and order,” said on Saturday that states and cities must introduce “much tougher” on anti-police protests or the federal government would come in by using the military and making arrests. While it was yet unclear how many people have been arrested during four nights of protests, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Saturday said many of these protesters were from other states.
Meanwhile, Minnesota could be a critical state for both presidential candidates for the upcoming 2020 US Presidential election to be held on November 3. According to a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll, Trump had struggled to attract African American voters, with only 8% of African Americans voted for him in 2016. The Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, narrowly won the state by a 1.5 percentage point margin. Trump, hoping to win the state this year of his re-election, held a large rally in Minneapolis in October.
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