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White House Spokesman Accuses Media of Ignoring Violence, Riots, Until Statement From Biden

A White House spokesman on Aug. 30 accused media outlets of refusing to acknowledge “the violence in our streets” that has rocked the nation for months, until it was addressed by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a statement on his campaign website.

Spokesperson Hogan Gidley said during an appearance on Fox Newss “MediaBuzz” that U.S. media have largely ignored “the death, the destruction, the looting, the rioting” for 90 days, making reference to the unrest seen in Portland following the police-custody death of George Floyd in May that sparked riots, arson incidents, vandalism, and anti-police sentiment.

Gidley made the remarks in response to a question from host Howard Kurtz about recent accusations made by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany that the media and Democrats are “aiding and abetting the violence” in cities across the United States.

The Fake News Media is trying to portray the Portland and Seattle “protesters” as wonderful, sweet and innocent people just out for a little stroll. Actually, they are sick and deranged Anarchists & Agitators who our great men & women of Law Enforcement easily control, but who…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2020

“President Trump has offered to send in federal assets into many towns, many cities across this country. Democrat-controlled areas, those governors, those mayors refuse to let that happen,” Gidley said.

“The media complicit in that, ignored it for 90 days,” he added. “And then all of a sudden, a few days ago, Joe Biden says something about violence in our streets and its incredible, the media found Jesus all of a sudden on the topic.”

The deadly violence we saw overnight in Portland is unacceptable. Shooting in the streets of a great American city is unacceptable.

I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same. https://t.co/JRuI7ya2Wv

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 30, 2020

In his statement released Sunday, Biden condemned the violence in Portland—a day after right-wing protester Aaron Danielson, who also went by the name Jay Bishop, was shot dead in the street.

“The deadly violence we saw overnight in Portland is unacceptable,” Biden tweeted. “Shooting in the streets of a great American city is unacceptable. I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same.”

On Aug. 26, the Democratic presidential nominee, facing pressure to denounce ongoing rioting in Wisconsin, also condemned violence sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake last week by police as they attempted to arrest him for violating a restraining order filed by an ex-girlfriend.

Biden has recently come under pressure to denounce the nationwide wave of violence in the wake of Floyds death. President Donald Trump has said that if Biden is elected, it would lead to mass anarchy, violence, and further dismantling of police departments.

Trump also said that Democrat-run cities such as Portland, Oregon, and Chicago have seen a rise in crime in the wake of rioting sparked by Floyds death.

“Democrats must address the rioting, otherwise, they will lose in November,” CNN anchor Don Lemon said on Aug. 25. “I think Democrats are ignoring this problem, are hoping that it will Read More From Source

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