Washington: Following deadly confrontations between Black Lives Matter protesters and white supporters of President Donald Trump in the last week, racial tensions in America have taken center stage in the presidential campaign.
Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tuesday where protests turned violent last week in the aftermath of a police shooting of a Black man as they attempted to arrest him. A white teenage vigilante claiming to protect businesses in Kenosha was accused of fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during a street demonstration.
In a speech Monday in Pittsburgh, Joe Biden, Democratic nominee for President, blamed Trump for the violence that has erupted across the country as the United States deals with widespread and sometimes violent protests and counter-protests over police treatment of minorities and inequality in U.S. society.
“This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country,” Biden said. “He can’t stop the violence, because for years, he has fomented it.”
“Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?” Biden asked, reported VOA (Voice of America).
The Democratic candidate claimed that the incumbent Republican U.S. leader sees the violence “as a political lifeline. Do you really feel safer under Donald Trump? Donald Trump’s role is as a bystander in his own administration.”
Referring to Biden, Trump said the Wisconsin violence, and unrest in Portland, Oregon, forced “Slow Joe” out of his basement at his home in Delaware, where he has campaigned for the Nov. 3 election to avoid crowds during the unabated coronavirus pandemic
“If I didn’t INSIST on having the National Guard activate and go into Kenosha, there would be no Kenosha right now. Also, there would have been great death and injury.”
Visiting Kenosha, Trump supported law enforcement, but did not meet Blake’s family.
Trump also commented again about the violence in Portland, where a caravan of Trump supporters in 600 trucks clashed Saturday with Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrating against police treatment of minorities.
During the evening, a white man was found dead in a street from a gunshot wound to the chest. Witnesses said the man was wearing a hat bearing the insignia of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group based in Washington state that has previously clashed with protesters.
Trump attacked Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democratic critic of the president, for the three months of sporadic violence in the city.
“Portland is a mess, and it has been for many years,” Trump tweeted. “If this joke of a mayor doesn’t clean it up, we will go in and do it for them!”Read More