The Joe Biden campaign is facing criticism after sending out an email to supporters with “George Floyd’s last words” paired with a link for people to donate to the campaign.
“‘I can’t breathe.’ ‘I can’t breathe,'” the email read. “George Floyd’s last words. But they didn’t die with him. They’re still being heard. They’re echoing across this nation.”
The email continued: “They speak to a nation where too often just the color of your skin puts your life at risk… It’s a wake-up call for our nation. For all of us.”
At the bottom of the email, was a button for readers to click to “donate to elect Joe Biden.”
This move by the Biden campaign falls in line with his recent actions where he made it clear that he felt he could take advantage of the black community, including telling Breakfast Club host Charlamagne tha God, that if African Americans have any doubt about voting for him in November, “they’re not black.”
Donald Trump JR. reacted to the disturbing manipulation practice by Joe Biden’s team. “The @JoeBiden campaign is shamelessly fundraising off of the death of George Floyd,” he said. “People are still grieving and Joe’s using this awful tragedy to line the pockets of his campaign. Not right… but also not surprising!”
The Trump campaign’s emails to supporters showed a stark contrast to that of Biden’s. It sent two emails within 24 hours this week slamming Antifa, the far-left militant movement that calls itself “antifascist,” which Trump said Sunday he would designate as a terrorist group.
“Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups are running through our streets and causing absolute mayhem. They are DESTROYING our cities and rioting – it’s absolute madness,” the emails, which have different subject lines but identical content, read. “President Trump has made it clear he will not tolerate their disgusting acts of violence against innocent citizens, which is why the United States will be formally designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”
The email asks supporters to add their name to a list of Americans who support the decision to declare Antifa a terrorist group. “The President wants to know who stood with him against the TERRORIST group, Antifa,” the emails say.
The Trump emails do not ask for money from supporters and include no fundraising link, unlike the Biden emails.
Biden’s fundraising email doubled as an attack on President Trump over his handling of the riots that ensued following the death of Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer and claimed that Biden would create “a national police oversight commission.”
According to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck, now faces an upgraded charge of second-degree murder and arrest warrants have been issued for the three other officers at the scene.
Chauvin previously had been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, charges that remained in effect. The other three officers involved – Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao – were being charged with two counts of aiding and abetting and second-degree murder.
In a press conference earlier Wednesday, Floyd’s family demanded that the other three former police officers involved in his death be arrested and charged before the memorial in his honor Thursday. The three other officers were in custody by Wednesday night.
If convicted on both counts, the officers face a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison affirmed that with the upgraded charges, all four officers faced the same potential maximum sentence.