Steny Hoyer lashes out at Trump accusation that Democrats support rioters

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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer rejected President Trump’s assertion that Democrats condone acts of violence and criminality committed by rioters in Portland and other cities across the country.

“[He] posits that criminal behavior violence is happening with respect to the demonstrations. The assertion that any of us sanction the use of violence or the use criminal behavior in these demonstrations is absolutely untrue,” said Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat.

Trump tweeted videos in the past showing Democratic cities in crises, rioters creating chaos, destruction on businesses, and brutal assaults on bystanders.

“Frankly, we have seen down through history that fascist leaders and those would-be dictators try to scare the populace into thinking that they are under some mob assault,” Hoyer said. “And, therefore, they need to move towards what one could say is a step toward a police state.”

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