US President Donald Trump slammed his Democratic rival in the upcoming November US presidential elections for going on an ‘anti-police crusade’, as he addressed supporters at a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday.
Trump described Joe Biden as being “weak as hell,” claiming he had surrendered his party to “flag burners, rioters and anti-police radicals.”
While underscoring a pledge to support law and order, Trump derided Biden, who he claimed had “even described law enforcement as the enemy”.
“Biden’s anti-police crusade must stop… I will always stand with the heroes of law enforcement,” said Trump.
Trump’s comments referenced statements by Biden during an interview on July 8, where the former vice president spoke out against “surplus military equipment for law enforcement”.
“The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into a neighborhood – it’s like the military invading… They don’t know anybody; they become the enemy. They’re supposed to be protecting these people,” said Biden.
Donald Trump’s statements at the Florida rally came in the wake of a spike in violence in Kentucky where two police officers in Louisville were shot during protests sparked by a ruling by the grand jury suggesting that the use of force by two police officers in the death of 26-year-old Black woman Breonna Taylor in March was justified under state law.
Trump hailed the actions of the state’s Democratic Governor Andy Beshear for calling in the national guard, while accusing Joe Biden of supporting the unrest.
“Joe, they’re not peaceful!.. I think he believes it,” said Trump.
Joe Biden went on Twitter Wednesday to condemn violence “… amidst the anger today’s decision generated”.