San Francisco, United States:
A man was shot dead in the US city of Portland, police said on Sunday. The recent violence against protests against racism, as President Donald Trump delivered an election message characterizing his Democratic opponent Joe Biden as weak against violent crime.
However, hours after the exchange of fire on Saturday during a pro-Trump rally in the city of Oregon, Biden accused the president of sparking the flames of violence in a polarized and tense nation.
The shooting followed a week of national protests – including the cancellation of numerous sporting events – against the police shots of African-American Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The violence in Portland broke out during a rally that was attended by hundreds of vehicles “driving trailers in downtown Portland,” police said. OregonLive reported “clashes” and “tense moments” between protesters and counter-demonstrators.
Photos from the scene showed the victim wearing a hat with a logo for “Patriot Prayer,” which local media described as a far-right group at the center of several violent demonstrations in Portland.
The clashes in Portland followed riot in Kenosha, where prosecutors accused 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of shooting two men and injuring another who protested Blake’s shots.
Trump will travel to the Midwestern city on Tuesday to meet police officers and see damage from riots sparked by Blake’s gunfire last weekend.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sent a letter to the President asking him to reconsider the visit, as US media reports “will only hinder our healing”.
‘Law and order’
Violence related to anti-racism protests has become a major issue in the campaign for the November presidential election. Trump presented himself as a choice for “law and order”, arguing that a Biden presidency would allow left-wing mobs to rule.
Biden condemned the violence, arguing that Trump played a role in triggering the clashes.
“He recklessly encourages violence,” the Democratic candidate said in a statement.
“He may believe that tweeting about law and order makes him strong – but his failure to tell his followers to stop looking for conflict shows how weak he is.”
Biden’s campaign said he would give a speech on Monday to answer a so-called key question voters will face in November: “Are you safe in Donald Trump’s America?”
Trump spent Sunday morning tweeting and retweeting dozens of posts allegedly depicting violence in democratic-run cities, and Portland in particular.
The president has repeatedly threatened to send federal government forces to the west coast city if Mayor Ted Wheeler fails to act.
Trump attacked Democrat Wheeler for refusing to help the National Guard. He said “could solve these problems in less than an hour”.
“Wheeler is incompetent, much like Sleepy Joe Biden,” tweeted Trump. “This is not what our big country wants. They want protection and security and do NOT want to disappoint our police!”
Wheeler beat up Trump in a press conference on Sunday, stating that for almost four years, Americans have had to tolerate what the Mayor called Trump’s racist attacks on blacks, sexist talks about women, insults against immigrants and journalists, and now against mayors of major US cities .
“Are you seriously wondering, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this violence?” Said Wheeler. “You created the hatred and the division.”
Wheeler said the caravan that passed through Portland on Saturday night was inspired by Trump. “They were supported and energized by the president himself,” said Wheeler.
Wheeler shared an open letter to Trump on Friday in which he said, “We know you have concluded that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to re-election.”
Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, said the violence and loss of life would not stop until law enforcement regained control.
“But … if you encourage scorn for the police, you are encouraging criminals,” he told CNN.
“If you do little or nothing to end the unrest, you are promoting anarchy. People’s lives are lost.”
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