A presidential campaign staffer for Joe Biden tweeted a graphic that urged people to stop calling police officers “pigs” because it was insulting to the actual animal.
Videographer Sara Pearl alleged in the meme that pigs are “highly intelligent and empathetic animals who would never racially profile you.”
According to Fox News, Pearl also retweeted a reply to her post that said “pigs are sweet, intelligent and compassionate” but, conversely, police officers are “monsters” who “don’t deserve to be called pigs.”
The presidential campaign staffer also previously called for law enforcement to be “defunded immediately.”
Fox News adds:
And, 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 did not reply 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 recognized the controversial comments in a statement where it criticized Biden for employing “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.”
Trump campaign adviser Bob Paduchik remarked Biden’s campaign is historically running against the grain of support for these frontline heroes.
“How can Joe Biden look in the faces of grieving law enforcement families whose loved ones died in the line of duty?” he asked. “Never in history has a major party campaign so angrily fanned the flames of hatred against our nation’s heroes.”
Fox News reports former director of national intelligence Richard Grenell similarly said Biden was not exercising control over his own campaign officials.
“Joe Biden can’t stand up to his supporters or staff who are calling to Defund the Police. Scary! The Biden campaign didn’t respond to when given the chance,” he tweeted.
Joe Biden can’t stand up to his supporters or staff who are calling to Defund the Police. Scary!
The Biden campaign didn’t respond to when given the chance.
Why wouldn’t the Biden campaign immediately say “of course we don’t support this!”??!https://t.co/BNP2BYO54G
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 17, 2020