Trump: Video of Hog-Tied Biden on Pickup Truck Draws Criticism

Joe Biden’s campaign team has criticized Donald Trump for posting a video on social media that shows a truck with an image depicting the US president with his hands and feet tied together.

They have charged Mr. Trump with “regularly inciting political violence” as the November election approaches.

A Trump campaign spokesperson retorted, accusing Democrats of advocating for “despicable violence” against Mr. Trump.

On his platform, Truth Social, Mr. Trump shared the contentious video last Friday.

The video was reportedly taken in Long Island, New York, on Thursday, coinciding with Mr. Trump’s attendance at the funeral service for a New York City police officer who died during a traffic stop incident.

It features two trucks covered with American flags and pro-police banners driving by.

The phrase “Trump 2024” was prominently displayed on the second truck, which also showed an illustration of Mr. Biden bound at the hands and feet on its rear end.

The Biden campaign team voiced their disapproval of Mr. Trump’s decision to promote this video.

“Trump regularly incites political violence, and it’s time people take him seriously—just ask the Capitol police officers who were attacked protecting our democracy on January 6,” spokesman Michael Tyler said.

He referred to the incident where supporters of the former president stormed Congress, following his unfounded claims that the 2020 election was fraudulently taken from him.

Steven Cheung, speaking for the Trump campaign, responded, “That picture was on the back of a pickup truck that was traveling down the highway.”

“Democrats and crazed lunatics have not only called for despicable violence against President Trump and his family, but they are actually weaponizing the justice system against him.”

Mr. Trump, the Republican candidate for president, is facing four criminal lawsuits, including cases related to election interference and a hush money situation in New York, both of which are expected to proceed to trial before the November 5 election.

Despite facing these charges, Mr. Trump has maintained his innocence and claimed he is being politically persecuted.

This dispute over the truck’s imagery is the latest episode in the ongoing contentious interaction between the two presidential contenders as the election draws nearer.

Mr. Trump, aiming for a White House comeback, has intensified his attacks, labeling the January 6 Capitol riot defendants as “hostages.”

He also faced backlash for comments made in Ohio, where he suggested a “bloodbath” could occur if he does not win the election, comments he claims were misconstrued by the Biden campaign and the press.