Donald Trump’s personal lawyer has sent out a series of tweets targeting Black Lives Matter protesters in the US, calling the organisation a “terrorist group”.
Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump’s personal lawyer and the former mayor of New York City, sent out the tweets on Sunday night, linking protests over police brutality to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and attacking the civil rights group.
“#BIDENRIOT is an epidemic,” Giuliani tweeted. “#BidenRiots are taking over Democrat cities and spreading to suburbs.
“It is fuelled by blaming the police even before an investigation. It is ignited by the terrorist group BLM, who hate all police and all white people.”
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a global organisation and says its mission is to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes”. BLM describes itself as “inclusive and spacious” and says it’s trying to “win and bring as many people with us along the way”.
“We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise,” the group states.
In a second tweet, the former mayor said: “These riots in Democrat cities can be called #BidenRiots because Biden during his speech at DNC said ‘SILENCE IS ASSENT.’
“Biden’s 60 days of silence certainly conveyed assent. Thus #BIDENRIOT is appropriate.”
Mr Giuliani also tweeted about the police shooting of Jacob Blake, however he repeatedly misnamed Mr Blake, calling him “Jacobs”.
Heated protests have continued in hundreds of cities across the United States since May 25, when African American man George Floyd was allegedly murdered by white police officer Derek Chauvin. The alleged murder sparked protests both across the US and globally, and while protests have calmed in some areas, in other cities, including Portland, demonstrations have continued for months.
Yesterday a supporter of Mr Trump was shot dead after a confrontation between BLM protesters and a “caravan” of supporters of the President in Portland. The victim has been linked with far right group Patriot Prayer.
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, two people were also killed on August 25, when teenager Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly shot three people.
Rittenhouse, a supporter of Mr Trump, had attended the rally after enthusiastically posting on social media about the President.
At the Republican National Convention last week, Mr Giuliani argued that violence across the country was the fault of the Democratic Party, who were allowing violent acts to occur.
“If you want to take a look at Joe Biden’s America, take a look at Portland last night, where they had a riot,” Mr Giuliani said.
“Take a look at the woman who punches the other woman in church yesterday. Take a look at the 51 shootings in New York and the four murders.
“That is all happening under Democrat mayors who actually now do nothing about it.”
He also said BLM protesters, along with ANTIFA, were responsible for turning “peaceful protests into vicious brutal riots”.
Giuliani’s assessment was dismissed as a “bizarre conspiracy theory” by CNN host Jake Tapper, who said he was trying to “explain why it is that Trump should not be held responsible for what’s going on in the Trump era”.