Joe Biden issued a blistering condemnation of President Donald Trump at a speech in Philadelphia on Tuesday and pledged to offer a break from the "selfishness and fear" that he said have marked Trump's tenure in office and response to protests against racism and police brutality. Trump, on the other hand, said, "I am your President of law and order, and an ally of all peaceful protesters", but he never said what the protests are about.
Biden called for Congress to quickly pass police reform legislation, including banning chokeholds, ending the transfer of military gear to departments and the creation of a standard model use of force.
Floyd's death has sparked massive conflicts between demonstrators and police across the nation that evolved into looting and vandalism in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, the epicenter Minneapolis and Philadelphia, where Biden spoke.
An onlooker's cell phone recorded the incident showing the 46-year-old black man moaning, "Please, I can't breathe" and "Don't kill me" as the police officer pressed his knee onto Floyd's neck.
Protests have intensified in recent days, particularly in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump was reportedly rushed to a White House bunker during weekend protests.
"When peaceful protesters dispersed in order for a president - a president from the doorstep of the people's house - the White House using tear gas and flash grenades in order to stage a photo op".
"I really do believe that the blinders have been taken off".
Biden described Floyd's death as "a wake-up call for our nation" and said "the moment has come" to deal with systemic racism and deeply ingrained economic inequality in the US.
The speech, given before cameras in Philadelphia's City Hall, marks the first time in nearly three months Biden has delivered an address outside his home in Wilmington, Del., where he has been sequestered because of the COVID-19 pandemic and speaking mostly via livestream from his basement rec room.
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'"I can't breathe. I can't breathe.' George Floyd's last words".
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"His narcissism has become more important than the nation's wellbeing that he leads". "We all need to take a hard look at the culture that allows for these senseless tragedies to keep happening". Trump made no attempt to link Floyd's death to any broader question.
Obama's former vice president reiterated what he has long said on the 2020 campaign trail, that there is a "battle for the soul of America". African Americans rescued Biden's flailing primary campaign, but it's unclear if they will turn out for him in large numbers in November.
"I promise you this".
In a statement, Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor for Trump's campaign, said Biden's campaign "made it clear that they stand with the rioters, the people burning businesses in minority communities and causing mayhem, by donating to post bail for those arrested". Nobody will get everything right.
U.S. Presidential hopeful Joe Biden on Tuesday vowed not to "fan the flames of hate" if elected to the position and instead seek "to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued" the country.
Biden, who served eight years as vice president under Barack Obama, the first black US president, cast himself as the candidate who best understands the longstanding pain and grief in the country's black communities.