Donald Trump has blasted Black Lives Matter protesters in Pittsburgh who were seen on video interrupting diners' lunch and downing their beer branding them 'thugs' and 'Biden voters'.
Cellphone footage taken Saturday shows a crowd taking over the outdoor dining space with one person, identified as Nique Craft, approaching the older couple's table before drinking their beer in front of them.
Craft, who identifies as nonbinary, said Monday that the couple invited them over for a drink and to discuss the situation. But the elderly couple, who wish to remain anonymous, say that is not the case and instead say they want an apology from the protesters who surrounded them.
In a Facebook post Craft later said they would 'rather die than apologize' and complained of 'Emmet [sic] Till level hate'.
In a interview with The Pittsburgh Current in June Craft told how they were adopted by a white woman. Craft said: 'She thought if a black person just articulated well and wore a suit, you wouldn’t get shot. So I wasn’t raised with my heritage, and that was super irresponsible on her part.'
That same month Craft was accused of riot, harassment, and other offenses related to a protest in the city. Craft is said to have been part of a group who trapped patrons inside the 941 Saloon by duct-taping the front door shut, according to NPR.
In 2018 Craft was described as an 'unemployed chef' in an article about their former drug addiction. In it they said their 'drug of choice is heroin', describing jail time and being homeless.
They also referred to their adoptive white, German mother who 'occasionally extolled the virtues of Hitler', according to the article.
Craft, who identifies as nonbinary, said Monday that the couple invited them over for a drink and to discuss the situation. In a Facebook post Craft said they would 'rather die than apologize' and complained of 'Emmet [sic] Till level hate'
When demonstrators entered the outdoor dining space, Nique Craft (pictured) person took a couples' drink and drank it before leaving. The couple say they did not invite them to drink their beer and have demanded an apology from the demonstrators
On Tuesday morning Donald Trump waded into the situation on Twitter
On Tuesday morning Donald Trump waded into the situation on Twitter, challenging his rival Biden to 'utter the words, LAW & ORDER!'
The president wrote: 'BLM Protesters horribly harass elderly Pittsburgh diners, scaring them with loud taunts while taking their food right off their plate. These Anarchists, not protesters, are Biden voters, but he has no control and nothing to say. Disgraceful. Never seen anything like it. Thugs!
'....And because of weak and pathetic Democrat leadership, this thuggery is happening in other Democrat run cities and states. Must shut them down fast. Biden and his most Liberal in Senate running mate, Kamala, won’t even talk about it. They won’t utter the words, LAW & ORDER!'
Protester Craft, who was wearing a Nazi Lives Don't Matter t-shirt, had told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the incident sparked when protesters marched through the area and three men shouted 'Blue Lives Matter.'
It's unclear if these men were diners or pedestrians in the area.
Posting to Facebook Tuesday Craft wrote: 'My humor is petty. Since everyone wants to ignore the truth of what happened and now this lady is lying about it, I'm done retelling the assault that lead up to this. Or about this lady offering to buy me a beer.
'That's not the story anyone cares about. So, this beer, was terrible. It was worth every minute though. This lady said she wants me to apologize and I never ever ever will do that. I'd rather die.'
They added: 'I used to be a terrible person. I can still be a horrible person, namely to people who are horrible to me.
'I drank a beer for f***s sake.