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Eric Trump calls Black Lives Matter protesters 'animals'

Eric Trump tosses a hat into the crowd at a campaign rally for his father US President Donald Trump at the BOK Center, June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by AFP)

US President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, has labeled Black Lives Matter protesters "animals" at one of his father's campaign rallies in the US state of Oklahoma.

The 36-year-old, who spoke at the sparsely-attended rally in Tulsa on Saturday, claimed there was no family other than the Trumps that would work harder for the Americans, and that his father should be re-elected to protect the "moral fabric of this country."

“We will win this together,” Eric told the crowd. “We’re going to keep the moral fabric of this country, because when you watch the nonsense on TV, when you see these animals literally taking over our cities, burning down churches, this isn’t America. That’s not what Americans do.”

Trump’s third child and second son claimed that the protesters represent “the smallest fraction” of the US society, and that the majority of Americans “do not like that kind of behavior.”

Eric also promised to work to protect religious liberty and the Second Amendment, which stipulates that the right of American people to keep and bear arms should not be infringed.

The findings of a recent poll by FOX News show that Democratic presidential candidate Joe leads Trump by a 50-38 percent margin, a statistically significant 12-point advantage and up from Biden’s 8-point lead last month.

The Trump administration has been under fire over their response to the latest round of Black Lives Matter protests, sparked by the brutal murder of unarmed African American George Floyd in US police custody last month.

The death of Floyd on 25 May was captured on video while a white police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes in Minneapolis.

The killing has revived the debate about race relations in America and prompted minority groups across the country and other parts of the world to vent their long-felt indignation about police brutality, racial inequality and systemic racism.

Trump, himself, branded the demonstrators as "terrorists" and "anarchists," threatening that those stoking chaos and fanning the flames of anti-government sentiments might be shot.

"You will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis," the US president wrote on Twitter. "It will be a much different scene!"

In a Rose Garden ceremony last week, the Republican president signed an executive order on police reform after weeks of protests over Floyd's murder and widespread calls for action against such police behavior.

The executive order would discourage police from using chokeholds and called for a National Database that tracked officers who use excessive force.

Trump, however, has faced criticism that the order fell far short of the demands of Black Lives Matter activists seeking fundamental change.

Activists and lawmakers have been wanting an outright ban on chokeholds with no exception and on no-knock warrants, among other things.

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