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Does anyone believe there will be less violence under Biden?

Debra Saunders on

WASHINGTON -- In what The New York Times described as a "forceful rebuttal," Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden delivered a speech Monday in which he said, "Ask yourself: Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really?"

The former vice president also offered, "Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?"

Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Joe Biden is elected?

It took Biden and company months to figure out that voters are terrified of the violence they've seen in American cities in the name of racial justice. Hence Monday's remarks.

For the record, Biden declared: "I want to be clear about this: Rioting is not protesting." Still, in remarks that were supposed to show Biden has zero tolerance for mob violence, he stumbled.

Taking press questions, Biden brought up the murder of Portland resident Aaron J. Danielson, 39, apparently the handiwork of a Portland anarchist. Biden did not refer to Danielson by name.


But he did say: "I think what happened in -- in Portland, where a -- one of the Trump guys riding along in vans inciting response -- shooting rubber bullets, I guess, or paint balls -- apparently, there was someone shot by someone in the crowd with a bullet, killed. I think that person should meet the legal requirements of whatever that calls for; they should be investigated; and they should follow through on what needs to be done. Let the judicial system work."

Since the May murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police, progressive activists engaged in nightly rampages during which they tried to destroy Portland's federal courthouse, set fires near precinct doors and obliterated small businesses vital to a city's livability.

Forgetting that he was supposed to denounce mob violence, Biden described a pro-Trump caravan -- not the antifa thugs -- as "inciting" a response. If the former veep didn't walk over the line of blaming the victim, he certainly caressed it.

Biden's dry language about meeting legal requirements gave no hint of outrage at Danielson's having been murdered after he participated in a Patriot Prayer caravan. Be it noted, to most big media, Patriot Prayer is extremist, but groups like antifa and Black Lives Matter, ringleaders of America's riots, are not.


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