'I’m furious': Biden condemns Trump 'glorifying violence' and CNN arrest while officer in Floyd killing remains freeby Emily Larsen
Joe Biden railed against the arrest of a CNN correspondent in Minneapolis, the handling of the officers involved in the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, and President Trump's reaction to the violent riots in the city.
The former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee started a four-tweet thread with a one-word tweet: "Enough."
"This is not abstract: a black reporter was arrested while doing his job this morning, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free," Biden tweeted. "I am glad swift action was taken, but this, to me, says everything."
CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested by state police in Minneapolis on Friday morning and released after about an hour.
Biden then indirectly referenced a tweet from Trump that condemned the riots in Minneapolis, which prompted Twitter to hide the content due to breaking its rules about glorying violence: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts," Trump said.
"I will not lift the President’s tweet. I will not give him that amplification. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I’m furious, and you should be too," Biden tweeted.
Earlier this week, Biden said that the firing of the officers involved in the death of Floyd was "not enough" and voiced support for Department of Justice and FBI investigations into the incident.
"They have to be held more fully accountable," Biden said. "We have to ensure that the Floyd family receives the justice they are entitled to.”
During a virtual fundraiser on Thursday evening, Biden subtly called for an end to the violence and looting in Minneapolis.
"Tonight, the National Guard has been called out of Minneapolis, and I urge the protesters to exercise their rights peacefully and safely," Biden said, according to a pool report. "But people all across this country are enraged and rightly so. Everyday, African Americans go about their lives with constant anxiety and trauma of wondering, ‘Will I be next?’"