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Dave1 05-30-2020 09:48 PM

Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis...
 
MAY 30, 2020 / 5:18 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO
Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis....


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.
FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is seen at War Memorial Plaza during Memorial Day, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Castle, Delaware, U.S. May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaAt 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, a Republican who has described himself as a “law and order” president, on Friday criticized violent protesters as “thugs,” and on Saturday said states and cities must get “much tougher” on anti-police protests or the federal government will step in, including 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

Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

https://www.reuters.com/news/archive/politicsNews




…...Just when you think that democrats can't get any more bat s***t crazy, this happens......WTF.....:mad:mad:mad

cnredd 05-31-2020 12:24 AM

Re: Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis...
 
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Originally Posted by Dave1 (Post 988534)
…...Just when you think that democrats can't get any more bat s***t crazy, this happens......WTF.....:mad:mad:mad

Ever notice how they're starting to wear stuff like this like a badge of honor?...:(

Constant_Slothrop 05-31-2020 09:00 AM

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Originally Posted by cnredd (Post 988535)
Ever notice how they're starting to wear stuff like this like a badge of honor?...:(

They should. Good for them.

Lollie 05-31-2020 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Constant_Slothrop (Post 988540)
They should. Good for them.

Of course you would say that.

Constant_Slothrop 05-31-2020 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Lollie (Post 988542)
Of course you would say that.

Cash bail should be abolished. It’s a form of modern-day debtors prison where the poor are incarcerated without due process.

loboloco 05-31-2020 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Constant_Slothrop (Post 988543)
Cash bail should be abolished. It’s a form of modern-day debtors prison where the poor are incarcerated without due process.

Written by someone who has never had anything to do with a bail hearing from either side. Total ignorance.

lurch907 06-01-2020 12:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Constant_Slothrop (Post 988543)
Cash bail should be abolished. It’s a form of modern-day debtors prison where the poor are incarcerated without due process.

There isn't enough room in one post to adequately describe the ignorance of that statement.

jamesrage 06-01-2020 03:08 AM

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If Biden was smart he would fire those staff members and condemn their actions as soon as possible. Because Trump or anyone could run an ads with videos of stores being looted and places being burned down with the caption Joe Biden is bailing out the people doing this to your cities.

GottaGo 06-01-2020 07:00 AM

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A couple of the Hollyweird group have jumped on this train.

I wonder how they would respond if several of the 'protesters' were to show up on their property and 'protest' the same way they have in the inner cities.

Several postings on Craigslist for 'Crisis Actors' went up last week, and came down very quickly. Have to wonder (sarcasm) if the riots and looting and those adds had any correlation....

Constant_Slothrop 06-01-2020 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by lurch907 (Post 988568)
There isn't enough room in one post to adequately describe the ignorance of that statement.

Bail funds long predate the current unrest, and bail reform efforts have been underway for years. Multiple states have significantly reformed or largely eliminated cash bail, including Republican majority states. There is nothing ignorant about objecting to a system that keeps people in jail for months or even years without trial just because they are poor and can't afford to pay bail.


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