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Biden Hits Campaign Trail, Blames Trump For City Violence

Joe Biden is forcefully condemning the violence at recent protests while also blaming President Donald Trump for fomenting the divide that’s sparking it. He’s dismissing his presidential opponent as incapable of tackling the violence himself.

“He doesn’t want to shed light, he wants to generate heat, and he’s stoking violence in our cities,” Biden said during remarks in Pittsburgh Monday. “He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it.”

Biden went on to denounce rioting, looting and arson at recent protests.

“It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted,” he said.

The speech marks a new phase of the campaign as Biden steps up his travel after largely remaining near his home in Wilmington, Delaware, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And after centering his candidacy on Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic, Biden is making a broader push to argue that Americans won’t be safe if Trump wins reelection. That’s an effort to blunt Trump’s “law and order” message, which the president is emphasizing as some protests against racial injustice have become violent.

A sense has taken hold in the Trump campaign that the more the national discourse is about anything other than the virus, the better it is for the president.

Trump tweeted on Monday: “The Radical Left Mayors & Governors of Cities where this crazy violence is taking place have lost control of their ‘Movement.’ It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but the Anarchists & Agitators got carried away and don’t listen anymore – even forced Slow Joe out of basement!”

In Pittsburgh, Biden said of Trump, “He may believe mouthing the words law and order makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is,.”

Biden is seeking to cast recent protests as the Trump administration’s problem. However, Trump and Republicans are highlighting violence at protests as examples of what the country would look like under a Biden administration.

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, the National Guard was deployed to quell demonstrations in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, that have resulted in some looting, vandalism and the shooting deaths of two protesters.

And this weekend, one of Trump’s supporters was shot at a demonstration in Portland, Oregon, prompting multiple tweets from Trump himself, including one late Sunday erroneously accusing Biden of failing to criticize the “agitators” at the protests.

On Sunday, Biden strongly denounced violent acts on any side.

“I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same,” he said in a statement.

“We are facing multiple crises — crises that, under Donald Trump, keep multiplying. COVID. Economic devastation. Unwarranted police violence. Emboldened white nationalists. A reckoning on race,” Biden was saying in Pittsburgh. “Declining faith in a bright American future. The common thread? An incumbent president who makes things worse, not better.”

Portland has seen nearly 100 consecutive nights of Black Lives Matter protests,and many have ended with vandalism to federal and city property.

Trump and other speakers at last week’s Republican National Convention frequently highlighted incidents of violence at protests that were sparked by the police killing of George Floyd last May, predicting that if Biden is elected in November such incidents will become the norm.

However, Biden accuses Trump of viewing the violence as a “political benefit.”

“He’s rooting for more violence, not less. And it’s clear about that,”Biden said last week.

For months, Trump was desperately trying to distract from the pandemic and, at times, seemed to receive slight positive bumps in support when touting the possible economic recovery, campaign officials said. But other attempts to change the narrative with cultural wedge issues fell flat, including a defense of Confederate monuments in the wake of calls for racial justice and polling suggested that Trump was far out of step with the Black Lives Matter movement, which enjoyed wide public support.

The Trump team has leaned hard on the push for law and order, even after it backfired when the president cleared Lafayette Square of peaceful protesters in early June. They now feel more confident of the case, having spent weeks, and their convention, hammering home one of their closing arguments: that Biden is a tool of the radical left and is powerless to stop the fringe forces.


14 Responses

  1. What in the world is Biden talking about? He says about Trump, … but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is,.”
    These militias may support Trump, but Trump doesn’t go marching with them. Trump doesn’t condone or give opinions about the various militias. Contrast that with BLM Deblosio, Wheeler, and other politician’s marched with the “peaceful protesters,” kneeled to the mob, condoned their actions and in general made it hard for the police to do their job. People are afraid. This has nothing to do with Trump, but with leftist liberal policies.

  2. Trump just defended they drove in from out of town with bear peeper spray and paint guns and Trump says paint guns are not dangerous, they were defending themselves. He defended Rittenhouse, saying that he was trying to defend himself. Rittenhouse only began running away after he shot three people. It is obscene for anyone to defend Trump. There is no law and order when there is no rule of law.
    Biden speech was great. It was clear and direct. Trump is a rambling adult that speaks on a fourth grade level. He is very unwell.

  3. Weak and desperate President.

    After Joe Biden gives a speech slamming President Trump for whipping up fear and failing to condemn all violence, Trump answers questions in the White House briefing room, during which he whips up fear and fails to condemn all violence.

  4. Bottom line… After all of Biden’s illogical rhetoric, America will NOT BE SAFE OR FINANCIALLY WELL OFF, if Biden gets elected.

  5. Trump and Putin want a race war.
    President Trump retweeted a video of a man on a subway platform shoving a white woman…The assault took place a year ago, and the perpetrator was arrested. But the source of Trump’s interest is obvious. The perpetrator was Black, and the victim white.

  6. Democrats took their playbook from Hitler (ys) who burned the Reichstag in ordered blame it on his political opponents.

  7. There you go again YWN ,with a bunch of leftist BS! Trump was never “desperately trying to distract from the pandemic”!!! He did everything possible to “flatten the curve” ,make sure America has all the ventilators,masks, meds, expedited research possible ,and instead of the predicted deaths of millions ,we’ve had 180,000. The fact is Covid has a very low mortality rate — mainly for those with comorbidities and older, so we can’t keep shutting down the country for a tiny percentage of the population.Biden still hasn’t admitted that it’s his leftist stormtroopers from Antifa and BLM who are the ones out looting, killing ,setting fires and injuring police officers.

  8. This is Trumps plan, to distract and sow chaos .This phenomenon — reveling in violence from racial divisions they stoke — is part of the white supremacist playbook, specifically the phenomenon known as “accelerationism.” The Brookings Institution reports:Some white supremacists already see the riots and broader polarization as vindication of this idea, and law enforcement and civil society activists concerned about the growth of extremism should watch to see if this idea takes further hold within white supremacist groups and organizations in the coming weeks and months. Accelerationism is the idea that white supremacists should try to increase civil disorder — accelerate it — in order to foster polarization that will tear apart the current political order. … Accelerationists hope to set off a series of chain reactions, with violence fomenting violence, and in the ensuing cycle more and more people join the fray. When confronted with extremes, so the theory goes, those in the middle will be forced off the fence and go to the side of the white supremacists.

  9. Biden is a wonderful example for people who suffer from dementia. Look how he keeps on plugging away! The Democ rats are to be praised for supporting this unfortunate person, is it his fault that he has dementia?

  10. AO, it is you and your fellow Marxist Democrats who are desperate, your hysterical comments on this forum prove that. Every one can see your lies here. Everyone can see that Joe is 100% senile, no matter how much lies you spread here.

  11. Question for for all you supporters of the lying incompetent noeif, what would you be posting if the exact same situation the country finds itself in currently happened four years ago under Obama?

  12. AO, you forgot to add C to your name.
    Emetemet, do you remember occupy Wall street? Did Trump caused that too?
    rt, what will you when they pull 25th amendment on Joe on January 21st 2021 and replace him with Kamala or Bernie?
    Don’t be stupid, Joe is just a strawman for ALL OUT COMMUNISM.

  13. I can’t believe there are still people on this forum who eat out of the democrats hands and don’t see how the far left has captured their minds.

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