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Trump incites political violence, says Biden campaign

By Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. president Joe Biden‘s re-election campaign on Monday accused the former president Donald Trump of stoking political violence after Trump shared a video on social media showing an image of Biden tied up and tied up in the back of a pickup truck.

The video that Trump shared on his Truth Social platform on Friday shows an SUV and a pickup truck with several large flags in support of Trump and law enforcement. The image of Biden, tied up, appears on the tailgate of the pickup.

KEY QUOTE: “Donald Trump is perfectly comfortable with violence when he believes it benefits him. In fact, he encourages it. Simply put, his campaign is about himself. It’s about revenge. It’s about retaliation,” said Michael Tyler, Biden’s communications aide. director.

“Political violence was and remains central to Donald Trump’s politics,” Tyler said. THE TAKE: Ominous language is not new for Trump, who has publicly called for the jailing of political opponents, the suspension of the Constitution, and has suggested that America’s top general should be executed.

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Trump has continued to make a series of inflammatory and racist statements since running for office in November 2022, and his increasingly violent rhetoric during the campaign has raised concerns that he could flout democratic norms to target perceived enemies as he is chosen.

BY THE NUMBERS: Biden had a marginal lead of one percentage point over Trump ahead of the November presidential election, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.

About 39% of registered voters in the weeklong poll said they would vote for Biden, a Democrat, if the election were held today, compared with 38% who chose Republican former President Trump.

CONTEXT: Earlier this month, Trump said there would be a “bloodbath” if he did not win the presidential election in November, a comment that quickly drew responses from Biden himself.

In December, Trump said migrants were “poisoning the blood” of America and in November he used the word “vermin” to describe his political rivals, drawing widespread condemnation, including from Biden, who likened his comments to “language you belonged in Nazi Germany.”

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A Trump spokesman defended Trump’s rhetoric on Friday, pointing to a 2018 statement from Biden in which, referring to Trump, he said, “If we were in high school, I would take him behind the gym and beat him up.” “

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Caitlin Webber and Michael Perry)

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