Biden: ‘I Condemn Violence of Every Kind…and I Challenge Donald Trump to Do the Same’

By Craig Bannister | August 31, 2020 | 9:06am EDT
Joe Biden
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In an official “STATEMENT BY VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ON THE DEADLY VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND” on Sunday, Biden “challenged” President Donald Trump to condemn violence in America.

Following Saturday’s deadly chaos in Portland, Biden tweeted his challenge, linking to his statement:

“The deadly violence we saw overnight in Portland is unacceptable. Shooting in the streets of a great American city is unacceptable. I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same.”

In his statement, Biden says Trump “wants us to be” a country that “accepts the killing of fellow Americans” and “vows vengance against one another”:

“We must not become a country at war with ourselves. A country that accepts the killing of fellow Americans who do not agree with you. A country that vows vengeance toward one another. But that is the America that President Trump wants us to be, the America he believes we are.”

As reported Monday in “Democrats Blame Trump for the Violence He's Been Condemning for Weeks,” despite the Democrats’ political narrative, Pres. Trump has been condemning the violence and “for months has urged Democrat leaders to let him send in federal reinforcements to quell that violence.”

As far back as August of 2019, the BBC ran the following headline: "US mass shootings: Trump condemns racism and white supremacy."


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