Biden Staff Donate to Group That Pays Bail in Riot-Torn Minneapolis

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.

At least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted on Twitter on Friday and Saturday that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment. The group uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis.

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to Reuters that the former vice president opposes the institution of cash bail as a “modern day debtors prison.”

But 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.

Bates instead pointed to Biden’s comments that protesters have the right to be angry but that more violence won’t solve justice problems.

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign on Saturday said it was “disturbing” that Biden’s team “would financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building,” in an email about the Reuters story that called for Biden to condemn the riots.

Trump, a Republican who has described himself as a “law and order” president, on Friday called protesters “thugs,” and on Saturday said states and cities must get “much tougher” on anti-police protests or the federal government will step in by using the military and making arrests.

Trump has also expressed sympathy over the case of George Floyd, who died on Monday after a police officer pinned him to ground by kneeling on his neck.

It is unclear how many people have been jailed after four nights of protests. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Saturday said many of those arrested have been from out of state.

Minnesota could be critical in determining the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The Democratic candidate in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, narrowly won the state by a 1.5 percentage point margin. Trump hopes to win the state this year and held a large rally in Minneapolis in October.

Trump has struggled to attract African American voters, with only 8% of African Americans voting for him in 2016, according to a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll. However, a nationwide decline in black voter turnout in 2016 was widely seen as contributing to Trump’s victory.

Biden’s campaign staff, in their Twitter posts, called attention to U.S. inequities based on race and income.

“It is up to everyone to fight injustice,” Colleen May, who identified herself as an campaign organizer for Biden in South Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida, said in a Twitter post that included an image of her receipt from donating $50 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

(Reporting by Jason Lange in Washington and Trevor Hunnicutt in New York; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

Responses

  1. That Old Man, his anti-American Supporters and his Staff are Complicit in this Chaos and a Huge Part it the Problem.

  2. In this country, it’s better to be guilty & rich than innocent & poor. There are a lot of innocent people in jail that can’t afford bail money

    1. If they would not act like animals they would not have to look for bail money.

  3. Biden has no clue what’s going on past his bowl of oatmeal. Maybe the handlers should tell the staffers that voters won’t like them supporting Antifa.

  4. Democrats supporting violence? Nothing new here. Antifa, BLM, etc. are the bully boys of the left. Now Biden’s staff make sure they are free to riot again, cause more destruction, more disruption. Just what the Democrats want.

  5. Can’t wait for the debates, Trump will have fun with Biden’s supporters doing this. Buying my popcorn already to watch Biden make a fool of himself trying to defend his supporters.

  6. Is there someplace I can donate to keep the little thieves in jail until trial? The ones that are getting arrested are NOT the peaceful protesters, but rather troublemakers who are detracting from what should be a serious message. Hard to listen the the message when your town is on fire.

  7. This country is so f–ked up. If you can’t see that, the you are part of the problem.

    We MUST elect better politicians. We have had a couple of recent elections to correct at least SOME of our mistakes, but we were too partisan and chicken to grab ahold of change to bother. That is on us.

    #outnow
    refusefascism.com

      1. Yeah, I wonder why.

        When 30% of the population won’t listen to readon, has no idea what a fact is, won’t accept science, has no empathy for others suffering under the weight of decades worth of corruption, wants a fascist Dear Leader and government, actually wants a one-party nation, is racist, xenophobic, has no interest in our Constitution, is willing to rob the state coffers bare, but claim the opposite to all of these charges, yeah, y’all confuse me.

        Remember, all of this is on you, Multi-Friend, not me.

          1. Scott, you are the one confused by your TDS affliction brought on by you watching too much bullshit news.

    1. Your ‘refusefascism.com’ is one of the major problems in America right now. They promote getting what they want by any means possible. They claim to be nonviolent, however, whereever they go, violence begins, the same as with Antifa or BLM. Members within the group become violent, they get arrested, then whine that they were peaceful. As everyone has seen, they are not peaceful. No surprise that you support them.

      1. Bullshit. You are just projecting your fascist nonsense onto a group opposed to your fascist Dear Leader.

        That won’t fly here, Chuck.

        1. Scotty, do you even know what a fascist is? Maybe you should “fact check” yourself before spouting off your stupidity

          1. Yes, Ross, I have had to define fascism to quite a few here. Apparently, a lot of people try to mislead others as to what it is. Look to Dear Leader for fascism’s embodiment today.

  8. Why do folks think it necessary to put their entire lives on the internet ?

    If one personally and willingly eliminates their privacy why complain if the government infringes on it when one has done its work for it .

    Stupidity is irreparable.

    1. Maybe Johnnie you should read your reply to me from last night. You wrote about your personal life you dumbass. Who gives a shit how you live your life. Stupid is as stupid does.

    2. Johnnie boy – you should know all about stupidity, being an example of it. John spreads the peanut butter on his skin. It does this whenever it’s told.

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