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Joe Biden Speaks To Lack Of Leadership From Washington

June 2, 2020

Many are speaking to the lack of leadership from the White House, Washington, and from our institutional centers as a nation.  I made that clear in a post this week.  Today Joe Biden gave a powerful speech to address this most pressing problem in our nation.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said the country is “crying out for leadership” amid nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd and accused Donald Trump of using force against peaceful protesters to stage a “photo op” near the White House on Monday.

In an address at City Hall in Philadelphia, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president said Floyd’s death in police custody was a “wake-up call for our nation, for all of us.” Floyd died after an officer pinned a knee on his neck for more than eight minutes.

“The country is crying out for leadership, leadership that can unite us,” Biden said.

Biden condemned Trump for his response to protests in the nation’s capital on Monday, when mostly peaceful protesters were tear-gassed and cleared from Lafayette Park across the street from the White House. Soon after, Mr. Trump walked through the park and posed for photos in front of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church.

“When peaceful protestors are dispersed by the order of the president from the doorstep of the people’s house, the White House, using tear gas and flash grenades in order to stage a photo op at a noble church, we can be forgiven for believing that the president is more interested in power than in principle,” Biden said.

The former vice president nominee slammed Mr. Trump for “brandishing” a Bible while being photographed in front of St. John’s, saying: “I just wish he opened it every once in a while.” He said Mr. Trump should read the Constitution to understand the freedoms granted by the First Amendment.

“We will not allow any president to quiet our voice,” Biden said. He also addressed institutional racism, a root cause of the protests which have roiled the nation.

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