U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday claimed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is controlled by people in “dark shadows” and compared police who use excessive force to golfers who miss a putt.
While discussing the recent weeks of civil unrest in the U.S. following police shootings, Trump claimed that the “thugs” and “anarchists” on the streets are being supported by the Democratic Party. “People that you've never heard of, people that are in the dark shadows” are pulling the strings of the Democratic nominee Trump insisted during an interview Monday night on Fox News Channel's "The Ingraham Angle."
Host Laura Ingraham pushed back, saying, “That sounds like a conspiracy theory.“
Trump added, “There are people that are on the streets, there are people that are controlling the streets."
Critics were quick to denounce Trump's statement as conspiratorial and bizarre, while social media lit up with satirical memes revolving around the “Dark Shadows” television series. CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted, “Trump has a new conspiracy theory,” while another social media user wrote, “Trump is going full QAnon” - in reference to the right-wing conspiracy theory.
“Yep. This is the kind of thing sane people with nuclear codes say all the time,” jested one tweet, while Just Security’s Kate Brennan commented on Ingraham’s attempts to help Trump walk back some of his comments: “Surely you're not saying cops murdering black men is like choking at golf. Surely you're not saying all poor people are criminals. Surely you're not saying the "dark shadows" are controlling Biden. Laura, he is. He is saying those very things."
During the interview, Trump also described what he claimed was a plot against last week’s Republican National Convention in Washington, D.C.
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“We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend. And in the plane, it was almost completely loaded with thugs, wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms, with gear and this and that,“ Trump told the Fox News host who asked for more details. “A lot of the people were on the plane to do big damage,” Trump claimed they were coming to the Republican National Convention, concluding, “I’ll tell you some time. It’s under investigation right now.”
On Biden, Trump claimed he “won't calm things down” and said “he's a weak person.” Trump continued, “They will have taken over your cities. It's a revolution. You understand that. It's a revolution and the people of this country will not stand for that." At a different point in the interview Trump clarified who “they” are, saying, “"They just do what's the easiest path. That's not the easiest path, that's a dangerous path. Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organization," Trump said.
When discussing the police shooting that led to the recent unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Trump said, “They choke. Just like in a golf tournament, they miss a three-foot putt."
Ingraham interrupted the president saying, "You're not comparing it to golf, because of course that's what the media will say?"
"I'm saying people choke," Trump responded. "You could be a police officer for 15 years and all of a sudden you're confronted. You've got a quarter of a second to make a decision. If you don't make the decision, and you're wrong, you're dead."
Ingraham was questioning Trump about the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man that was shot seven times by police on August 23 and left paralysed.
Trump is scheduled to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday, where there have been on-going protests since Blake's shooting.