'Put these animals in jail': Trump condemns protestors in Portland and continues his 'law and order' campaign rhetoric
President Donald Trump speaks from the balcony of the Blue Room of the White House to a crowd of supporters in Washington on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Alex Brandon / AP Photo
President Donald Trump beat up protesters who organized in Portland on Sunday evening.
"Take these animals to jail now," he tweeted Monday morning. "The radical left only knows how to take advantage of very stupid 'leadership' fools. This is Biden! Law & Order!"
People gathered in the city of Oregon for an event called "Day of Indigenous Peoples' Anger Against Colonialism" to protest Columbus Day and overthrew two statues of former presidents.
Trump also tweeted that New York and California have gone "to hell".
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President Donald Trump redoubled his law and order campaign rhetoric on Monday morning by denouncing protesters in Portland, Oregon and demanding their arrest after some of them toppled two statues on Sunday evening.
"Put these animals in jail now," Trump said Monday morning in a retweeted video of the protests. "The radical left only knows how to take advantage of very stupid 'leadership' fools. This is Biden! Law & Order!"
The demonstration, dubbed "Indigenous Peoples' Day of Wrath Against Colonialism", targeted the federal holiday on Monday, when Christopher Columbus is honored. According to the organizer's website, the event started at 7pm. Local time. At 9:30 pm, police considered the gathering a "riot" after protesters toppled statues of former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, a local news channel reported.
"The fools of the radical left in Portland don't want help from real law enforcement, which we will provide immediately. Vote!" Trump tweeted Monday.
Trump is recovering from the coronavirus and following Democratic candidate Joe Biden in national polls.
The president also encouraged Americans to vote in tweets that blow up states he called "badly run" by Democrats.
"California is going to hell," he wrote during his morning tweet storm. "Vote Trump!"
Trump's comments are a continuation of his attacks on Democratic leaders and the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who he has claimed is weak on "law and order".
Anti-racism protests have raged in towns and cities across the country, and Portland in particular, as people took to the streets to protest police brutality against black Americans like George Floyd, who died after a police officer ran out Minneapolis kneeled on his neck. Some of the protests have led to clashes with the police. Biden has defended himself by repeatedly praising peaceful demonstrations and condemning protests involving the looting and destruction of property.
The local Oregon Live outlet reported that the crowd dispersed on Sunday evening after the police arrived, apparently making multiple arrests.
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