Democrats on Sunday have accused US President Donald Trump of trying to provoke racial tensions to benefit his campaign as he praised supporters who clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon.
This all came after Trump tweeted praising the caravan participants as "GREAT PATRIOTS!" and blamed the city's Democratic mayor for the death despite, on Sunday, one man identified as a supporter of a right-wing group was shot and killed in Portland when a large caravan of Trump's supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed in the city's streets.
GREAT PATRIOTS! https://t.co/BWGxVoBTmI— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2020
Due to this, Democrats accuse Trump of rooting for unrest and trying to stoke further violence for political gain instead of ratcheting down tensions.
"Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence," asked Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
"It's you who have created the hate and the division," Wheeler added.
Similarly, Joe Biden, Rep. Karen Bass, White House spokesman Judd Deere and many more accused Trump of this.
Earlier Trump had announced he will travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, amid anger over the shooting of another Black man by police.
Violence and protests have been a regular feature in Portland ever since Black Lives Matter started in support of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed due to the brutality of the police on May 25.