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Trump shares video featuring image of Biden tied to pork

Former President Donald J. Trump posted a video to his social media site Friday showing an image of President Biden with his hands and feet tied together.

Mr. Trump posted the video to Truth Social on Friday afternoon with a line indicating that it was filmed on Long Island on Thursday, when Mr. Trump attended the funeral of a murdered New York City police officer in Massapequa Park, New York The video shows two moving trucks decorated with flags and stickers supporting Mr. Trump. The tailgate of the second vehicle features Mr. Biden’s image.

Gruesome images targeting alleged enemies of Mr Trump circulates frequently online among right-wing provocateurs and pro-Trump groups, and in some cases, was presented to conservative conferences. Photos of trucks featuring similar images of Mr Biden tied up have been shared on social media, and online sellers are selling vehicle stickers with the image.

Mr Trump’s promotion of the video featuring the image reflects the increasingly caustic and personal attacks he has directed at Mr Biden – for example, in a speech this month he said: ‘Everything Joe Biden touches turns to’ dirt, although he used an expletive — and it continues a record in which the former president features violent images on his social media accounts.

A representative for the Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, said that “this photo was in the back of a van driving on the highway,” adding that “Democrats and lunatics have not only called for a vile violence against President Trump and his family. , they are actually weaponizing the justice system against him.

The video was still on Mr. Trump’s Truth Social page as of Friday evening.

The Trump campaign has repeatedly cited Democratic statements from years past to defend Mr. Trump’s rhetoric. Mr Cheung highlighted a statement on Friday by Mr. Biden in 2018 in which he said, referring to Mr. Trump, “If we were in high school, I would take him behind the gym and beat him to death.” » Mr Biden was responding to Mr Trump’s comments made about women on a tape linked to the show “Access Hollywood”.

Mr. Trump has previously released doctored photos and videos showing him physically attacking political opponents, particularly focusing on Mr. Biden last year. The former president, for example, repeatedly shared videos showing him hitting Mr Biden with golf balls. Mr Trump also posted a photo of himself last year holding a baseball bat next to Alvin L. Braggthe Manhattan district attorney, who is prosecuting Mr. Trump in connection with a hush money payment to a porn star during the 2016 campaign.

Mr. Trump also used increasingly authoritarian language on the campaign trail, repeatedly repeating that migrants “poison the blood of our country” and describing his political opponents in a Veterans Day speech last year as a “vermin” that had to be “extirpated”.

This month, Mr. Trump said that some migrants were “not people” and, amid a debate over the auto industry, that the country would face a “bloodbath” if he lost the election. A few days later, he attacked Jewish Democrats in a radio interview, saying that Jews who vote for Democrats hate their religion and Israel.

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