Mr. Biden also decried violence and clashes between police, protesters and looters.
“There’s no place for violence, no place for looting, or destroying property, or burning churches or destroying businesses,” he said, noting that many people of color have been victims of the chaos. “Nor is it acceptable for our police, sworn to protect and serve all people, to escalate tension, resort to excessive violence. We need to distinguish between legitimate peaceful protests and opportunistic violent destruction.”
Meanwhile, the coronavirus rages on, with more than 100,000 Americans dead, and more than 40 million people who have filed for unemployment.
“The pain is raw,” Mr. Biden said. “The pain is real. The president of the United States must be part of the solution, not the problem. But this president today is part of the problem and accelerates it.”
In a statement, Mr. Trump’s campaign defended the president’s approach to the crisis.
“President Trump has addressed the nation twice, expressed horror and sorrow for the death of George Floyd, stood with the peaceful protesters, and made it clear that he would not abide our cities being overtaken by violent, uncontrollable rioters,” the statement said.
While Mr. Trump, with the bully pulpit of the presidency, never left public view as the coronavirus crisis shuttered much of the country, Mr. Biden spent much of the spring campaigning virtually.
He made a public Memorial Day appearance last week to pay his respects to Delaware’s war dead and emerged again for a Sunday walk around Wilmington, visiting the site of demonstrations and meeting with store owners, said Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, Democrat of Delaware, who accompanied him. That was followed on Monday by an in-person meeting with faith and community leaders at a historic black church.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/us/politics/joe-biden-philadelphia-protests.html