President Trump has pointed the finger at “anarchists” and “ANTIFA Organisation” after a sixth night of violent protests in the US, and tweeted the date for the 2020 election.
On Monday the US leader took to his favourite medium of Twitter to say “Sleep (sic) Joe Biden’s people are so Radical Left that they are working to get the Anarchists out of jail, and probably more.
“Joe doesn’t know anything about it, he is clueless, but they will be the real power, not Joe. They will be calling the shots! Big tax increases for all, Plus!”
He tweeted simply “November 3rd” in reference to the date for the next US election in a bid to galvanise his supporters.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2020
The President also quoted Fox and Friends in saying “These were the people that trashed Seattle years ago. Who’s paying for these people. I was appalled that 13 of Joe Biden’s staff were donating money to bail people out in Minneapolis. They should have stayed in jail until this is over (and beyond).”
“I don’t see any indication that there were any white supremest (sic) groups mixing in. This is an ANTIFA Organisation. It seems that the first time we saw it in a major way was Occupy Wall Street. It’s the same mindset.” TRUE!” he tweeted.
Antifa is short for anti-fascist action and is a loose network of groups opposed to facism, white supremacy and racism and favours direct action over policy change.
It is anti-government and anti-capitalist and is aligned more with anarchists then the mainstream political left-wing.
President Trump has previously accused the group of starting riots at protests over the death of George Floyd, 46.
On Monday, the US woke to a day of carnage after large protests in major cities turned violent with shops looted in downtown Manhattan and the White House turned dark amid protests.
President Trump was rushed to an underground bunker in the White House on Friday as protesters gathered outside the building throwing rocks and rocking barricades.
A Republican source told AP Trump and his family have been surprised by the vigour of protests and he has reportedly told advisers he feared for his family’s safety.
George Floyd, died after being pinned down by white police officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd told him “I can’t breathe”.
The mantra has been adopted by protesters who have chanted the line at rallies across US cities from Los Angeles to New York, and spread to Europe and New Zealand.
Originally published as Trump points finger over protests