On the embers of chilling Kenosha, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden once again condemned the actions and words of Donald Trump which he said “give legitimacy to the dark side of the human nature, ”he said during an electoral trip to this small town in Wisconsin on Thursday.
Barely two days after the visit of the American president to the same place, the former vice-president of the United States condemned there the “violence in all its forms” and qualified “immoral and harmful” the manner in which Donald Trump seeks to stir up racial tensions in the country to “divide us,” he said.
“The words of a president matter, they can tip the balance” between a climate of peace and an environment where hatred and violence prevail, said Joe Biden in substance, during a meeting held in a church in the city. On August 23, Kenosha caught fire after the apparent police blunder suffered by Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African-American, now paralyzed after being shot seven times in the back by a white policeman.
Earlier in the day, Joe Biden met with the victim’s parents and spoke to Jacob Blake on the phone, promising them “sweeping reforms of the justice system” to stem police violence against minorities which he said “goes too far. far, ”summed up the family’s lawyer in a statement released at the end of the day.
Joe Biden’s visit was presented by his campaign team on Wednesday as “a call for the unity of Americans to overcome the pain and face together the challenges facing [les événements de Kenosha] confronts us ”. Just as he had done with the US president, the Democratic governor of Wisconsin had asked Joe Biden not to come to the city, so as not to delay the ongoing collective healing process. The curfew was lifted there on Wednesday evening, after three evenings of relative calm in the streets.
Jacob Blake’s family refused to meet with the US president on Tuesday. Donald Trump took advantage of his visit to the city to visit the ruins of businesses attacked by rioters in the previous days and to salute the work of the police. He also sought to excuse the double murder by a 17-year-old pro-Trump militiaman, who executed two demonstrators with semi-automatic weapons last week. Self-defense, according to the billionaire.
A president’s words matter, they can tip the scales
Joe Biden’s visit to Kenosha on Thursday was played out as the Democratic candidate once again received massive support from ex-Republicans ahead of the November ballot. The group, dubbed Republicans and Independents for Biden, is led by former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman. It brings together more than 100 former elected officials, including several important figures from Donald Trump’s party. Former governors Rick Snyder of Michigan and Bill Weld of Massachusetts are among them.
“More than 180,000 Americans have died from the pandemic which, with strong leadership, could have been contained,” the group summed up in a public statement. Instead, control was lost by a president who ignored the pandemic and put Americans’ lives in danger. In these times of national crisis, we must elect a leader who lives up to the moment, someone who can put jurisdiction back inside the Oval Office and unify the country. Joe Biden is that leader. “
Constantly seeking attention, especially to bypass the statements of his Democratic opponent since the start of the campaign, Donald Trump managed to draw attention to him on Thursday by calling on North Carolina voters to vote twice, to test the effectiveness of postal voting. “Let them send [leurs bulletins de vote] and let them go and vote, he said. And if the system is as good as they claim, then obviously they won’t be able to vote ”in person.
The statement forced that state’s Election Commission to issue a statement reminding that “trying to vote twice or asking someone to vote is a violation of North Carolina laws.”
For several weeks, Donald Trump has sought to discredit the next election by suggesting that voting by mail is a potential source of fraud which he could pay the price. However, no study or expert in the electoral process supports this assertion.
The Twitter network, on which Donald Trump sought to justify his call for double voting, launched the day before during a press briefing, blocked the proliferation of this message, because of its policy of controlling comments attacking democratic processes . The message encouraged, according to the company, people to “potentially vote twice.”
For his part, Joe Biden expressed his optimism to make a difference in the country, while admitting to having been wrong in the past in believing to be able “to fight hatred, while it does nothing but hide”. “Whether I lose or win, I promise to keep fighting,” he told Kenosha. I will fight for racial equality and fairness at all levels. “