WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday condemned the Black Lives Matter protesters who harassed diners in Pittsburgh over the weekend, calling them disgraceful thugs and Joe Biden voters.
In a string of tweets, the president accused Biden of having “no control” over the raucous demonstrators who have been protesting police brutality for months and in recent weeks have escalated their attacks to include outdoor diners in cities across the nation.
“BLM Protesters horribly harass elderly Pittsburgh diners, scaring them with loud taunts while taking their food right off their plate,” Trump wrote.
“These Anarchists, not protesters, are Biden voters, but he has no control and nothing to say. Disgraceful. Never seen anything like it. Thugs!” he continued.
Cellphone footage emerged of a group of protesters hurling insults at white diners in Steel City on Saturday evening, with one woman even stealing a drink off a couple’s table and downing it in front of them.
“F–k the white people that built the system,” one demonstrator can be heard yelling as patrons grab their belongings and walk away.
It follows similar scenes in Washington, DC, where roaming activists harangued diners last month for not raising their fists in solidarity with the movement.
The president on Tuesday accused Democrats of being silent and weak by refusing to disavow the BLM activists who last month attacked GOP Sen. Rand Paul and his wife near the White House.
“Because of weak and pathetic Democrat leadership, this thuggery is happening in other Democrat run cities and states. Must shut them down fast. Biden and his most Liberal in Senate running mate, Kamala, won’t even talk about it. They won’t utter the words, LAW & ORDER!” Trump wrote.
In a subsequent tweet, the president said the violence in cities such as Kenosha and Portland would lead to prized suburban voters turning out for him in November.
“Suburban voters are pouring into the Republican Party because of the violence in Democrat run cities and states. If Biden gets in, this violence is ‘coming to the Suburbs’, and FAST. You could say goodbye to your American Dream!” he said.
Democratic nominee Biden did address the deadly anarchy roiling the streets of Kenosha after the shooting of Jacob Blake, but merely called it “needless violence.”