Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered an impassioned speech slamming President Donald Trump on June 2, calling him out for "fanning the flames of hate" amid nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd.
"They speak to a nation where every day millions of people - not at the moment of losing their life but in the course of living their life - are saying to themselves, 'I can't breathe, '" said Biden of Floyd's last words. He said he would create a police oversight commission in his first 100 days as president.
"When peaceful protesters disperse by order of the president from the door of the town's house, the White House - with tear gas and flash grenades - to organize a photo shoot in a noble church, we can be forgiven for believing that the president he's more interested in power than he is in principle, "Biden said".
Biden also provided insight into the things that he said could be done by Congress immediately as a response to police violence against African Americans.
In one city after another, thousands have vented outrage in sometimes violent clashes over last week's death of George Floyd, a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck.
Biden, the former vice president is set to appear at City Hall this morning in Philadelphia, where the National Guard is maintaining a visible presence to defend public buildings as the city grapples with sustained violent protests.
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The protesters have since left Trafalgar Square and walked to the gates of Downing Street to continue with their protest. Governors in several USA states called in National Guard troops as protests intensified on Saturday.
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His speech on Tuesday marked the first time he has left his home state of DE since mid-March, when the outbreak of the novel coronavirus forced him to campaign largely from his house.
Authorities under federal command later forced back peaceful demonstrators in Washington with tear gas so the president could walk to nearby church St. John's Church and pose briefly with a Bible. "This narcissism has become more important than the nation's well-being".
"If Mitch McConnell can bring in the United States Senate to confirm Trump's unqualified judicial nominees, who will run roughshod over our Constitution, now it's time to pass legislation that will give true meaning to our constitutional promise of equal protection under the law", Biden said.
At debates, he'd often say the names of black and brown Americans who have been killed by police, advocating for broad police and criminal justice reforms. "So is how we allocate our money in cities and states across the nation". "I know what it feels like when you're thinking you can't go on". Trump made no attempt to link Floyd's death to any broader question. Cory Booker, singer John Legend, Rapper T.I., New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, activist Tamika Mallory and NAACP president Derrick Johnson. They told him the Obama administration had not done enough to economically lift black Americans, something Biden then promised would be a centerpiece of any recovery plan from the administration.
"We're a nation in pain, but we can't let our pain destroy us", he said. While 85 percent overall say they "definitely" will vote, that sentiment is significsantly lower among black voters at 77 percent.
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.