Will it be enough to stop his slide in the polls?
In a series of tweets Monday morning, Democratic Party presidential nominee Joseph Biden condemned the rioting and looting that has occurred in American cities across the nation for the past three months.
“I want to be clear about this: Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting — it’s lawlessness — plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted.”
After Biden condemned the violence, his recently-named running mate Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted an agreement, saying “I join @JoeBiden in condemning this violence. This can not — and must not — be who we are. Americans deserve a president who will heal our country and bring people together — not fan the flames of hate and division.”
Biden criticized President Trump’s emphasis on law and order, asking voters “does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected?”
Biden’s claim seems to reiterate statements Sen. Harris made in June about the length of these “protests”. After television personality Stephen Colbert commented that he was seeing differences in the amount of coverage for protests, Harris said the protest were “not gonna stop.”
“That’s right. But they’re not gonna stop, They’re not gonna stop,” she promised Colbert excitedly, “This is a movement, I’m telling you. They’re not gonna stop.”
“And everyone beware, because they’re not gonna stop, I’m telling you,” she warned. “They’re not gonna stop before Election Day in November and they’re not gonna stop after Election Day. And that should be — everyone should take note of that on both levels, that this isn’t gonna let up. And they should not. And we should not.”
Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell responded to Biden on Twitter, writing “Biden threatens America with more violence unless he gets his way.”
Trump has consistently claimed Biden is a Trojan horse for far-left Democrats and Biden countered this at one of his latest campaign stop, telling supporters to ask themselves, “Do I look to you like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really?”