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Biden Faces Backlash For Telling Police: ‘shoot ’em in the leg instead of the heart’

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Former Vice President and likely 2020 Democratic nominee for president Joe Biden sent a message to police officers when encountering an ‘unarmed’ person with “a knife or something” saying they should “shoot ’em in the leg, instead of the heart,” while visiting a historically black church in Wilmington, Deleware Monday.

Full quote: “Instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there’s an unarmed person comin’ at ’em with a knife or something to shoot ’em in the leg instead of the heart is a very different thing. There’s a lot of different things that could change.”

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Here’s what some Twitter users reacted:

Biden’s comments come after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody. In a viral video, a Minneapolis police officer was seen with his leg on Floyd’s neck for minutes while Floyd repeatedly told him he couldn’t breathe before eventually dying of asphyxiation.

In the week that’s followed Floyd’s death, many cities across the country have seen violent riots, looting, and buildings set ablaze. On Monday, the President instructed governors to crack down on the violence by bringing in the National Guard to curb it.

 

 

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CNN announces controversial presidential debate rules obviously intended to benefit Biden

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CNN announced its several presidential debate rules over the weekend sparking controversy. The rules will govern the upcoming debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden on June 27. A

After Trump publicly stated he would debate the president “any time and any where” the Biden campaign agreed to a total of two debates that would be closely regulated. Not only did the administration demand a ban on audiences, it also approved CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as its moderators. Breitbart reports Tapper is one of Trump’s sharpest critics.

CNN announced its own additional parameters on Saturday, which likely were done in partnership with the White House:

  • Two commercial breaks (Likely to benefit Biden)
  • Campaign staff will not be able to interact with their candidate during the break
  • No opening statements, two-minute closing statements
  • Two-minute answer shot clock, one minute for rebuttals
  • Mics will be muted “except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak” (Likely to benefit Biden)

CNN reported its rules:

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks, according to the network, and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time. Both candidates agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Some aspects of the debate – including the absence of a studio audience – will be a departure from previous debates. But, as in the past, the moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

Breitbart reports that the President is planning to spend about a week preparing to debate Trump who has also requested Biden receive a drug test before the debates. The White House did not respond in May as to whether Biden intends to use performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the presidential debates.

Ron Klain, Biden’s former chief of staff who is going on vacation to help Biden prepare for the debates, did not respond to Politico Playbook’s request for comment about “whether any illegal substances are used as part of Klain’s debate prep.”

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