Donald Trump has said an investigation into "an airplane full of thugs" is ongoing to wreak havoc. He says he flew to Washington DC for the Republican National Convention.
The president made the comment in an hour-long interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News Monday, in which he slammed Democrat-run cities, saying Portland has "burned for decades" painting a bleak picture of what America will look like if he goes office.
During the interview, Trump said his Democratic rival Joe Biden was pulling his "strings" from "people you've never heard of, people in the dark shadows."
Ingraham replied: & # 39; What does that mean? That sounds like conspiracy theory. & # 39;
But Trump replied: & # 39; It's people who are on the streets, people who control the streets.
“We got someone from a certain city on a plane this weekend. And on the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs wearing those dark uniforms, black uniforms, gear and this and that. You are on an airplane. & # 39;
When asked for details, he replied, “I'll tell you something. It is being investigated. & # 39;
Trump's testimony came the same day he was defending the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse – the 17-year-old who shot dead two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Trump said the teenager – a supporter of the president – would have "likely been killed by an angry mob" had he not shot her with the illegal weapon he was carrying.
Donald Trump appeared on Fox News Monday night and spoke of an "airplane of thugs".
The president told Laura Ingraham that he could not publicly disclose details of the flights
The Kenosha shootout took place amid nationwide protests against police violence, which Trump says are funded by outside influencers.
In an interview, Trump told Ingraham that someone saw the crowd of "thugs" on a flight "from a certain city" to Washington DC for Congress.
"This person came to the Republican National Convention and there were about seven people on the plane [with] this person and then a lot of people were on the plane doing great damage," Trump insisted.
He also said the money for the protests is coming from "very stupid rich people" who are fueling violence that has been going on across the country for months.
"The money comes from some very stupid rich people [who] have no idea that if their thing is ever successful, which it won't, they will be tossed to the wolves like you've never seen before," he said .
As Trump spoke, yells and chants from protesters could be heard in the background
The president said the money for the protests came from "very stupid rich people" who fomented violence.
The participants of the last night of the Republican National Convention were attacked and spoken to by a large crowd of protesters as they left the White House on Thursday evening.
Footage from the streets around Pennsylvania Avenue showed a white-haired man who was hit in the back of the head and later thrown to the ground by a crowd of activists who also threw water on him.
Meanwhile, RNC Commissioner Chris Ager and his wife have been repeatedly molested by a balaclava protester who threatened to kidnap you when they tried to get into the doors of their hotel.
Hundreds of activists had gathered outside the White House to protest Trump's nomination speech, trying to drown it out with air horns and fireworks.
While the demonstrations began peacefully, things got uglier as the night wore on. Attendees were forced to wield a glove of angry activists as they tried to leave the event.
The footage showed some brawls between police officers and protesters, some of which aimed blows at police officers who pulled batons in response.
Senator Rand Paul was also approached by protesters who almost knocked him to the ground as he walked out of the White House after shoving a police officer into him.
Protests broke out outside the White House on Thursday night when Trump turned to the RNC
Republicans who attended the White House speech on Thursday had to be escorted
However, several videos showed no police protection for participants surrounded by a group of aggressive protesters.
The protests began at noon in Washington DC when a rally in front of the villa of Amazon owner Jeff Bezos called for a minimum wage of $ 30 an hour.
From 7 p.m., the demonstrations took to the streets around the White House. DJs and bands played to drown out the RNC.
During the convention itself, which ran from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., protesters dropped firecrackers and roared what could be heard in the background of Trump's speech as it aired on television.
According to DCist, there were initially disputes between the activists and a smaller number of counter-demonstrators, which led to two arrests.
But when the convention ended, the unrest spread.
Against the backdrop of the protests, Trump's November speech was a clear choice for voters: a second term for himself or the election of Joe Biden, who he claimed would "destroy" the nation.
"Despite our greatness as a nation, everything we have achieved is now at risk," warned the president in his acceptance speech on the southern lawn of the White House.
On Monday, Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse's actions, saying the 17-year-old was "likely killed" in Kenosha, Wisconsin, if he had not opened fire and killed two protesters last Tuesday.
"He tried to get away from them, it looks like, and he fell on it when they attacked him very violently," Trump replied on Monday to a question from DailyMail.com.
“It was something we're looking at and is being investigated, but I think he had big problems. He would probably have been killed. It is being investigated, ”he added during his press conference.
Rittenhouse is charged with two cases of "willful murder," a Wisconsin law charge identical to most other state murders for his actions in Kenosha in which two people were killed and one injured.
President Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse's actions, saying the 17-year-old was "likely killed by an angry mob" if he hadn't shot them with the illegal weapon he was carrying.
Rittenhouse was part of a group of armed civilians protecting a gas station in Kenosha. There was an argument between them and the demonstrators. Shots were fired and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, was fatally shot in the head.
The video posted on social media shows a man who the police believe is Rittenhouse calling on a cell phone and saying, "I just shot someone."
He escapes and is followed by many demonstrators, at least one of whom is armed with a pistol. Rittenhouse falls to the ground and the crowd comes in to grab his gun.
He was hit over the head by Anthony Huber, a 26-year-old protester who had a skateboard and wanted to disarm him.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was patrolling the streets in an AR-15. He fell over, was hit with a skateboard by other protesters who tried to disarm him and opened fire, wounding one person and killing two. He is now being held for murder
Rittenhouse then starts shooting into the group and eventually killed Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz.
He wasn't arrested until the next day in Illinois, despite approaching police with his hands up while other protesters yelled that he had just shot several people.
He is in custody in Illinois. A judge will decide at a September 25 hearing whether Rittenhouse will be extradited to Wisconsin, where he will face trial as an adult. He faces six criminal offenses, including premeditated first degree murder and reckless first degree murder, as well as a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor.
Rittenhouse attorney Lin Wood said the 17-year-old vigilante was "attacked" with "lethal force" and had "the right to defend himself".
Democratic candidate Joe Biden condemned President Trump's defense of the shooting.
"The president refused to reprimand violence," he said in a statement following Trump's press conference.
“He wouldn't even turn down any of his followers on charges of murdering others. He is too weak, too afraid of the hatred he has aroused, to put an end to it. I therefore urge the President again to say with me that while peaceful protest is a right – a necessity – violence is wrong. No matter who does it, no matter what political affiliation they have. Period, ”he added.