While campaigning for President Donald Trump on Monday, a Pennsylvania sheriff argued that protests against police violence are "ruining America."
Butler County Sheriff Michael Slupe made the remarks on behalf of the Trump campaign during a conference call with reporters.
"Let's be clear, the people that are protesting now are not Trump supporters -- they are Joe Biden supporters," Slupe said, according to CNN correspondent D.J. Judd. "They are ruining America... they are not peaceful demonstrators... peaceful means quiet."
Slupe also asserted that all of the people protesting are "criminals."
Read some of the reports below.
More Michael Slupe, Butler County, PA sheriff: "(Trump) has called in federal law enforcement, he has urged the gov… https://t.co/7spp0lGBX6— Jonathan Tamari (@Jonathan Tamari) 1598884919.0
On a Trump campaign call, Butler County Sheriff Michael Slupe tells reporters, "Let's be clear, the people that are… https://t.co/S246XrvlIO— DJ Judd (@DJ Judd) 1598884849.0
The Trump campaign has a sheriff from Butler County, Pennsylvania, on a press call to talk about the protests. "T… https://t.co/DSn276jroU— Nikki Schwab (@Nikki Schwab) 1598884879.0
Some hard to follow logic on today's Trump campaign press call: PA Sheriff Slupe claimed (with Trump in office):… https://t.co/jaScN5PLPo— Will Steakin (@Will Steakin) 1598890819.0