Trump hits campaign trail after accepting renomination
US President Donald Trump has hit the campaign trail after accepting the Republican Party’s renomination for a second term in office.
Speaking to supporters at an airport in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Trump on Friday lashed out at the nationwide demonstrations calling for social justice that have at times turned chaotic and violent, reports Xinhua news agency.
“They are not protesters. Those are anarchists, agitators, rioters, looters,” Trump said.
“It has nothing to do with George Floyd. They have no idea who he is. If you ask them ‘Who’s George Floyd?’ they say ‘I don’t know’.”
Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed African-American, died from asphyxiation after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.
“No one will be safe in (Joe) Biden’s America,” the President added.
Trump also launched am attack on Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, saying:”You know I want to see the first woman president also, but I don’t want to see a woman president get into that position the way she’d do it, and she’s not competent.”
He suggested his own daughter, White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, as a more suitable occupant for the Oval Office.
Approximately 1,400 people attended the rally on Friday night, and many did not wear masks, according to CBS News.
In 2016, Trump lost New Hampshire, also known as the Granite State, to then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by fewer than 3,000 votes.
His campaign has identified the state as a flip opportunity for him as it faces limited options to expand the electoral map.
Vice President Mike Pence also made campaign stops in the states of Minnesota and Michigan on Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Trump’s main rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Thursday that he will begin travelling to the battleground states after Labor Day, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
Biden, in a statement on Friday, accused Trump of “bringing his message of division, lies, and chaos to New Hampshire”.