Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden finally delivered a speech on the looting and rioting in several U.S. cities — but one thing seemed missing.
During a stop in Pennsylvania on Monday, Biden actually tried to claim that President Donald Trump is to blame for the violence in several liberal strongholds like Portland, D.C., and others.
“Do you really feel safer under Donald Trump?” Biden asked repeatedly.
“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.”
“It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted,” he said.
“Donald Trump has been a toxic presence in our nation for four years,” Biden said. “Will we rid ourselves of this toxin? Or will we make it a permanent part of our nation’s character?”
He cast Trump’s “law and order” message as designed to instill fear, and said Trump is ignoring the reality that “he is President, whether he knows it or not.”
Biden called Trump’s “subservient role” to Russian President Vladimir Putin humiliating and embarrassing, and lambasted Trump over reports that Russian operatives had offered bounties to the Taliban to kill US soldiers.
“Not even American troops can feel safer under President Trump,” Biden said.
Joe Biden speaking in Pittsburgh amid racial tensions: "Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It's lawlessness. Plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted" https://t.co/kcjmcEdc2N pic.twitter.com/sbnwg32vvr
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 31, 2020
Trump took to Twitter to respond to Biden’s speech and argued that the Democratic nominee seemed to be coming down harder on the police than the rioters and looters.
Just watched what Biden had to say. To me, he’s blaming the Police far more than he’s blaming the Rioters, Anarchists, Agitators, and Looters, which he could never blame or he would lose the Radical Left Bernie supports!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2020
“Just watched what Biden had to say. To me, he’s blaming the Police far more than he’s blaming the Rioters, Anarchists, Agitators, and Looters, which he could never blame or he would lose the Radical Left Bernie supports!” Trump wrote.
Tiffany Trump, one of the president’s daughters, also weighed in on Biden’s comments.
Please stop lying Joe. You may think we are too ignorant to see through the lies— but God knows the truth.
— Tiffany Ariana Trump (@TiffanyATrump) August 31, 2020
“Please stop lying Joe. You may think we are too ignorant to see through the lies— but God knows the truth,” she wrote.