Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday, June 3, slammed former Vice President Joe Biden campaign for raising campaign funds off the death of George Floyd who died in custody of Minneapolis policemen.
Joe Biden’s campaign sent an email to its supporters Tuesday, which used Floyd’s last words to grab reader’s attention. The bottom of the email included a link for people to donate to the campaign.
‘“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.” George Floyd’s last words. But they didn’t die with him. They’re still being heard. They’re echoing across this nation,” the email read.
“They speak to a nation where too often just the color of your skin puts your life at risk,” it continued. “They speak to a nation where more than 100,000 people have lost their lives to a virus—and 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment—with a disproportionate number of these deaths and job losses concentrated in black and brown communities.”
The email sparked the ire of Trump Jr. who sharply criticized the vice president for “using this awful tragedy to line the pockets of his campaign.”
“The [Joe Biden] campaign is shamelessly fundraising off of the death of George Floyd,” tweeted Trump Jr. “People are still grieving and Joe’s using this awful tragedy to line the pockets of his campaign. Not right … but also not surprising!”
The @JoeBiden campaign is shamelessly fundraising off of the death of George Floyd.
People are still grieving and Joe’s using this awful tragedy to line the pockets of his campaign.
Not right… but also not surprising! https://t.co/5n4Nled5cI
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 3, 2020
According to Fox News, the Trump campaign has spoken out against the violent riots that have ravaged America in its email to supporters, however, the campaign did not include donation links.
“Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem. They are DESTROYING our cities and rioting—it’s absolute madness,” said a Trump campaign email. “President Trump has made it clear he will not tolerate their disgusting acts of violence against innocent citizens, which is why the United States will be formally designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”
Biden’s campaign staff drew criticism last week after donating to a group that pays bail fees for protesters amid escalating violence and riots across the country.
Biden has condemned President Donald Trump’s response to the protests. On Monday, the former vice president gave a speech in Delaware outlining his plan to address “institutionalized racism” within his first 100 days in office. However, Biden’s suggestion that police, facing a knife-wielding attacker, should be trained to “shoot ’em in the leg instead of the heart,” was criticized by police groups.
“Former VP Biden’s remark is not just indecipherable (‘an unarmed person coming at ’em with a knife’?!), it’s also misleading to the point of being deceitful,” said Bill Johnson, the executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations.
“With all due respect to Mr. Biden, he’s mixing the two, ’unarmed person with a knife’—I’ve never heard of an unarmed person with a knife,” he added.
Biden is expected to attend Floyd’s funeral next week, according to a report from CNN.