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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden clashed over violence that erupted during protests in Portland, Oregon.
President Trump has accused Portland Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler of allowing “the death and destruction of his city.”
But Joe Biden said the president was “recklessly promoting violence.”
A man was shot dead in Portland on August 29, as well as throughout the city, protesting against Trump, in a clash with Black Lives Matter protesters.
Portland has become a hotbed of demonstrations against police brutality and racism as the May 25 police killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a wave of national and international outrage.
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Mayor Ted Wheeler warned against people coming to the city to take revenge amid many social media posts.
He said: “For those of you who say on Twitter this morning that you plan to come to Portland to seek revenge, I urge you to stay away.”
The mayor also responded to President Trump’s criticism, saying it was the president who “created hatred and division.”
He said: “I would be happy if the president supported us or ran off the road.”
Some activists have called for the resignation of Mayor Wheeler, saying he was unable to resolve the protests.
In a series of tweets on Aug. 30, President Trump said “Portland will never recover with a fool for mayor,” and offered to send federal forces to the city.
He also accused Joe Biden of “not wanting to lead”.
The President tweeted: “… The people of Portland, like all other cities and parts of our great country, want law and order. The mayors of the radical left democrats, like the mannequin who runs Portland, or the man in his basement right now who doesn’t want to lead or even speak out against crime, will never be able to do that! “
In response, Joe Biden said in a statement: “[President Trump] he may believe that the tweets about law and order make him strong – but his failure to call on his supporters to stop looking for conflict shows how weak he is. “
Law and order is a major theme in Donald Trump’s candidacy for re-election, portraying Democrats and their candidate Joe Biden as soft to crime.
Earlier, acting Home Secretary Chad Wolfe said Democrats in Portland had allowed “lawlessness and chaos” to develop, saying “all options are on the table”.
Democrats responded by saying the violence took place during President Trump’s presidency, accusing him of worsening the situation with his rhetoric.
Police are investigating the shooting in Portland, where months of demonstrations took place.
A statement from Portland Police said: “Portland police officers heard gunshots from the area on Southeast 3rd Avenue and Southwest Alley. They responded and found a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest. “
According to Oregon live, a “camouflage device” with “thin blue spots” was seen next to the body – a common sign of police support.
Another image shows police trying to detain a man who was apparently shot.
Police did not identify the dead or specify whether the shooting was directly related to the clashes that broke out elsewhere in the city.
The founder of the far-right group Patriot Prayer identified the victim as Aaron “Jay” Danielson, adding that he was “a good friend and supporter,” the reported.
The shooting came amid fighting between Trump supporters and BLM protesters in Portland.
Tensions rose after a convoy of about 600 vehicles flying flags carrying about 1,000 Trump supporters gathered at a shopping center in the suburbs of Clacamas on the outskirts before entering downtown Portland.
According to police, 10 people were arrested during the clashes.