BIDEN, TRUMP SPAR OVER UNREST, KILLINGS IN US CITIES
Joe Biden launched a forceful pushback against the White House by squarely blaming the unrest in US cities on President Donald Trump, who he accused of fomenting violence and emboldening white nationalism, Shabtai Gold and Eliyahu reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) on September 1, 2020.
"If I were president today, the country would be safer and we'd be seeing a lot less violence," Biden, the Democratic nominee, said in a speech on Monday designed to counter the "law-and-order" message hammered by Trump.
The remarks in Pittsburgh, with the elections just about two months away, were the former vice president's first major speech on the street violence. He did not take questions from the press. Meanwhile, Trump is threatening to expand federal law enforcement involvement in the western city of Portland, after a person was killed there during chaotic protests over the weekend. Under Trump, police killings have exploded and white nationalist violence intensified but he now campaigns on a “strong” law and order theme.
On Tuesday, the president will travel to Wisconsin, where police officers shot a black man last week, sparking days of protests. Unrest saw two people killed by a 17-year-old, who may have been aligned with a right-wing militia, and incidents of looting and arson. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has asked Trump not to come to his state. "I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing," said Evers, a Democrat. Kenosha, the city at the heart of unrest, has seen several days of relative calm.