In June, A supervising video producer, Sara Pearl, for Biden’s presidential campaign tweeted a meme that urged people to stop calling the police “pigs” — but only because unlike the police, pigs are “highly intelligent and empathetic animals who would never racially profile you.”
The videographer also retweeted a Twtitter user’s comment that while “pigs are sweet, intelligent and compassionate,” police officers are “monsters” who “don’t deserve to be called pigs,” according to Fox News. On June 1, Pearl tweeted simply, “#DefundPolice.” Days later, she said Buffalo’s police department should be “defunded immediately.”
Also, after several Dallas police officers were killed in 2016 by a sniper who “wanted to kill white people,” Pearl dinged the National Rifle Association for tweeting its condolences in that case but not for prior shootings: “Of course they respond to the officers but not to the previous shootings :(”
The Biden campaign has not replied to Fox News’ request for comment, although the campaign confirmed it received the request for comment. Fox News also reached out to Pearl for comment. Pearl did not reply, but she deleted all of these tweets shortly afterward.
The Trump campaign released a Friday statement saying “now Biden employs a staffer who uses the most vile, inflammatory, and incendiary language to target the brave men and women who risk their own lives to keep us safe.”
“How can Joe Biden look in the faces of grieving law enforcement families whose loved ones died in the line of duty?” said Bob Paduchik, a Trump campaign adviser. “Never in history has a major party campaign so angrily fanned the flames of hatred against our nation’s heroes.”
Pearl’s past tweets were first flagged by Matthew Foldi with the Congressional Leadership Fund, a PAC backing House GOP candidates.
Pearl’s comments came as the Trump campaign has increasingly pointed to Biden’s weak stance on policing amid a nationwide movement to “defund” the police. In response to criticism from the Trump campaign, Democratic National Committee communications director Xochitl Hinojosa claimed on “Bill Hemmer Reports” Thursday that Biden supposedly “does not support defunding the police.”
On Wednesday, Trump received the endorsement of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), which praised his “steadfast and very public support” for law enforcement. NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.
When asked how the NAPO endorsement of Trump would impact Biden’s campaign, Hinojosa dissed the question and said, “I think right now, Joe Biden is making sure that he is someone who is talking directly to Americans about how to keep them safe and making sure we are rebuilding this trust.”