September 4, 2020

As Biden Condemns Rioters, His Staff Donates to Bail Them out of Jail

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By: Nate James

In Brief:

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has launched a campaign ad condemning the same rioters and looters his campaign staff is helping to bail out of jail.

The Background:

The New York Times reports:

While Mr. Biden has previously condemned the violence that has accompanied some of the protests for racial justice, his new commercial is the first time that he has put the issues of crime and public safety into a major paid advertising program. The ad uses footage from a speech he delivered in Pittsburgh on Monday on the same topic.

“Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting,” Mr. Biden says in his ad. “And those who do it should be prosecuted.”

Meanwhile, Reuters reports:

Campaign staff for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are advertising their donations to a group that pays bail fees in Minneapolis after the city’s police jailed people protesting the killing of a black man by a white police officer.

Notable Quotes:

The campaign declined to answer questions on whether the donations were coordinated within the campaign, underscoring the politically thorny nature of the sometimes violent protests.

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Nate James writes from Texas.

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