Biden: Trump ‘rooting for more violence, not less’


Biden: Trump ‘rooting for more violence, not less’

Biden: Trump ‘rooting for more violence, not less’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday charged that President Trump is “rooting for more violence, not less” after two people were killed in Kenosha, Wis., amid turmoil following a law enforcement officer wounding 29-year-old Black man Jacob Blake.

“[Trump] views this as a political benefit to him,” Biden argued in an interview on MSNBC. “He’s rooting for more violence, not less. … If we want to end where we are now, we’ve got to end his tenure as president.”

Unrest has rocked Kenosha each night since Sunday night’s incident when police officers attempted to arrest Blake while responding to a domestic dispute. After a taser failed to stop Blake, authorities say he was shot seven times by a single police officer as he walked around his vehicle, opened the door and leaned forward.

Blake’s three children were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, according to his attorney. The incident was caught on cellphone video, which quickly went viral, sparking the protests and unrest.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, during a speech later in the day, said Blake incident was “sickening to watch, it’s all too familiar, and it must end.”

Biden, in Thursday’s interview, emphasized that “people have a right to be angry, people have a right to protest.”

But he also stressed that “I condemn violence in any form, whether it’s looting or whatever it is.”

And he argued that Trump “just keeps pouring fuel on the fire.”

The former vice president also said he did not have “enough details to make a final judgment” in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old suspect arrested in connection to at least one of the two shooting deaths in Kenosha on Tuesday night.

Biden also pointed to a comment made hours earlier by one of Trump’s most trusted advisers, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.

During a Thursday interview on “Fox & Friends,” Conway spotlighted a reported comment from a restauranteur in Wisconsin who was quoted as asking, “Are you protesters trying to get Donald Trump reelected?”

Conway then stated that “the more chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence reigns, the better it is for the very clear choice on who’s best for public safety and law and order.”

Biden, highlighting Conway’s comments, asked, “When has the spokesperson for a president ever said anything like that, ever?”

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