Donald Trump shares image of Joe Biden tied up

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Former president donald trump spread on social networks on Friday an image of president biden with his hands and feet tied, the latest example of the Republican candidate’s use of increasingly violent rhetoric and images this campaign season.

The image can be seen about halfway through a 20-second video Trump posted to his Truth Social site. The post says it was recorded Thursday on Long Island, where Trump traveled this week to attend the wake of a recently murdered police officer.

In the video, two trucks decorated with giant Trump flags and altered American flags drive down a highway. On the back door of one of the trucks is the image of Biden tied and lying horizontally.

Similar images of Biden have been circulating on social media for months, if not years, on sites including instagram, reddit and Twitterbefore the platform changed its name to X. In February, the popular site World Star Hip Hop aware a video of a truck that he said was in California with that image.

“This image of Donald Trump is the kind of garbage you post when you call for a bloodbath or when you tell the Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by,’” said Michael Tyler, communications director for the Trump campaign. Biden, referring to the right-wing group involved in the January 6th, 2021, attack on the Capitol. “Trump regularly incites political violence and it’s time for people to take him seriously — ask the Capitol Police officers who were attacked protecting our democracy on January 6.”

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung sent a lengthy statement distancing the campaign from the image and accusing Democrats of using violent rhetoric against Trump.

“That photo was in the back of a pickup truck that was traveling down the road,” Cheung said in the statement. “The Democrats and the crazed lunatics have not only asked for despicable violence against President Trump and his family, they are actually using the justice system as a weapon against him.”

The message remained vivid in Trump’s broadcast Friday night.

Among the examples Cheung cited in his statement were Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) saying in 2017 “What we have to do is fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the polls…” Cheung also cited Biden’s decision. comment 2018when he said, “If we were in high school, I’d take him [Trump] behind the gym and beat him up.

Trump has a history of sharing and promoting violent images featuring his perceived enemies.

In October, Trump shared a manipulated video of him hitting a golf ball that hits Biden and knocks him down. (It was similar to a manipulated video shared in 2017, hitting a golf ball into the back of Hillary Clinton, who falls as a result). In April 2023, a judge issued a warning at Trump after an image of him holding a bat next to an image of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) was shared from one of the former president’s verified accounts.

In July 2017, Trump shared a video of himself in a professional wrestling match, punching a man whose face is covered with the CNN logo. The verified CNN communications team account responded to the video with a quote from Trump’s White House spokeswoman at the time, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, falsely claiming Trump “has in no way promoted or encouraged violence.”

Earlier this month, Trump said His supporters in Ohio say some immigrants accused of crimes “are not people” and warned it will be a “bloodbath for the country” if he is not elected.

The latest episode has coincided with Trump’s increasing use of violent and hostile rhetoric as he seeks to return to the White House. In December, he told people in New Hampshire that immigrants were “poisoning the blood of our country,” a phrase that immigrant groups and civil rights advocates condemned and he said he remembered Hitler telling Germans, in his book “Mein Kampf,” to “care for the purity of their own blood” by eliminating the Jews.

Trump held his first rally of this campaign season in March 2023, in Waco, Texas, a city made famous decades earlier for deadly confrontation between FBI officials and cult members who helped fuel the anti-government militia movement. At the rally, Trump played a song sung by people imprisoned for crimes related to the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, a group that has since repeatedly called “patriots” and “hostages.”

Isaac Arnsdorf contributed to this report.

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