Headline RoundupAugust 30th, 2020

Biden, Trump Respond to Killing In Portland

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Joe Biden condemned violence in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, after one person was killed during a clash between opposing groups. The victim has been identified as Jay Bishop, an alleged supporter of right-wing group "Patriot Prayer." People have been in downtown Portland showing support for Black Lives Matter nearly every night for three months since the killing of George Floyd. On Saturday, Trump supporters rallied in the suburbs of Portland; according to Portland Police, some of them migrated downtown after the rally, where they clashed with the other group. “I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right," Biden said in a statement, before challenging President Donald Trump to do the same. “We must not become a country at war with ourselves,” Biden said. On Sunday morning, Trump called for "law and order," saying that the only way to stop violence in "Democrat-run cities" is through strength. Trump then went onto criticize Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for his handling of the protests. Wheeler responded by criticizing the president for "divisive" language and reiterated his condemnation of violence and support of police. The killing was widely covered by outlets on all sides of the political spectrum. Coverage from the left tended to focus on Biden's condemnation of the violence; some left-rated voices also criticized Trump's "law and order" approach. Some voices from the right tended to highlight the shooting victim's right-wing beliefs as evidence of Antifa and other left-wing groups' intolerance.

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