Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump on Friday for his treatment of George Floyd’s death after the black man died while he was in custody of white police officers.
The former vice president revealed that he has spoken to Floyd’s family and contested Trump’s tweet about this saying, “This is no time for inflammatory tweets” or “encourage violence.”
“The anger and frustration and exhaustion are undeniable. That is not America’s promise. It has been a long time since we made this nation’s promise to all people real. You know this is no time for inflammatory tweets. It is not time to encourage violence. This is a national crisis, we now need real leadership. Leadership, that brings everyone to the table, ‘said Biden briefly on Friday afternoon.
Joe Biden beat President Donald Trump on Friday for his approach to the death of George Floyd
He said there was an open wound in America when it came to racism and it was time to heal that wound.
“The original sin of this country still colors our nation. And sometimes we’ve overlooked it. We just carry on with 1000 other tasks in our daily life, but it is always there. Weeks like this, we clearly always see a country with an open wound. None of us can turn away, none of us can be silent. None of us can do it longer. Can we hear the words, I can’t breathe enough, “he said.
“It’s time to face that deep open wound. We have this nation. We need justice for George Floyd, ”he added.
He called on Americans to come together in stark contrast to the message from the division that President Trump has put forward.
“We must stand up as a nation with the black community with all minority communities and come together as one American,” he said.
“With our complacency, our silence, we are complicit in continuing these cycles of violence. None of this will be easy or comfortable, but if we just have this wound sanded again, without treating the underlying injury, we will never really heal. The soul of America is at stake, ”he noted.
Biden hit President Trump earlier on Friday after the president threatened to send the National Guard to Minneapolis to “ take control ” and warn “ thugs ” in the city that “when the looting begins, the shooting begins.”
“Enough,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
The suspected Democratic nominee weighed in on the situation in Minnesota after Minneapolis protesters set fire to a police station as part of a series of demonstrations across the country in support of George Floyd, the African-American man who died when a white police officer on one knee on his neck.
“Enough” Joe Biden responded on Twitter to President Donald Trump
President Trump saw one of his tweets muzzled after threatening to send the National Guard to Minneapolis to take control of it
Law enforcement officers gathered along Lake Street near Hiawatha Ave. when the fires burned after a night of unrest and protests
Biden also criticized the arrest of black CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, who was being held by police and later released, reporting the situation.
“This is not abstract: this morning a black journalist was arrested doing his job, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free. I am glad that action was taken quickly, but this says it all for me ‘, Biden wrote in a series of tweets.
He criticized President Trump for writing “when the looting begins, the shooting begins” – a provocative statement going back to the Miami riots in the 1960s when violence was used against African Americans. Twitter has muzzled Trump’s tweet – but left it online just in case people wanted to read it – saying it “violated Twitter’s rules about glorifying violence.”
“I will not cancel the President’s tweet. I will not give him that reinforcement. But he calls for violence against American citizens during a time of pain for many. I’m furious and you should be too, ”wrote Biden.
It is not the first time that racist violence has prompted Biden to speak to President Trump.
Biden launched his presidential campaign by condemning Trump’s comments about racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia during protest and protest protests in 2017.
Trump stated that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the situation, initially triggered by a decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a public park.
The clashes between white supremacists who organized a demonstration and counter-protesters ended with the death of a woman. Neo-Nazi James Fields was sentenced to life in December for driving his car over Heather Heyer.
“You had some really bad people in that group. You also had some really nice people on both sides. … I saw the same pictures as you. You had people in that group who were there to protest the removal of – for them – a very, very important statue and renaming a Robert E. Lee park to another name, “said the president at the time.
The White House then claimed that Trump’s praise was limited to people who showed up in Charlottesville to advocate for the preservation of the Lee statue.
Biden criticized the comments when he launched his presidential campaign in April 2017, saying that one of the reasons he was active was because of how Trump handled the incident.
“With those words, the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those who spread hatred and those who have the courage to stand up to it. And that was when I knew that the threat to this nation was different from anything I had ever seen in my life, ”he said.
Minnesota state police continue in the city as protests continue
Biden criticized Trump for the president’s response to racially motivated violence in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, calling it one of his reasons for running for president
CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was arrested live in the air by Minnesota police on Friday for apparently refusing to move while told, despite being heard on camera telling police ‘tell us where you want us to go , we want to go wherever you are ‘
Biden has vowed to speak of the current situation, in which dozens of businesses were looted or destroyed in Minneapolis after riots broke out in the city for the third consecutive night in protest of Floyd’s death.
The protests spread all over the country with peaceful and violent ones. Denver, Phoenix, and Columbus, Ohio were among the cities that showed their support for Floyd.
In addition, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez was handcuffed and taken away by police during a report from Minneapolis.
According to one of his colleagues, the crew was told he was arrested for refusing to move when instructed to do so, but was heard live on television and told the officers, ‘Take us back to where you want us, where you want us also you’d like us to go. Just let us know. ”
Jimenez told them they were live on the air with CNN and were handcuffed.
He asked, “Can you tell me why I was arrested, sir? Why was I arrested, sir ‘was then led away.
Two of his colleagues from the same team were also arrested. The trio was put in a police van and taken to a police station, but was released about 90 minutes later after CNN President Jeff Zucker and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz intervened.
Twitter, meanwhile, flagged a tweet from President Trump for “glorifying violence.”
These THUGS dishonor the memory of George Floyd, and I’m not going to let that happen. I just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him the army is with him all the time. Any difficulty and we will take control, but when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!’ read the tweet.
Twitter posted a warning to the tweet less than three hours later, a move that came after the president designed an executive order to deprive social media companies of their legal protections, potentially exposing them to a flood of lawsuits.
Twitter said it had muzzled Trump’s tweet “ to keep others from being inspired to commit violent acts. ” Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, was informed in advance.
The tweet can no longer be liked or replied and will not be recommended by Twitter’s algorithm, although retweets with commentary are still possible – with Trump’s message initially hidden.
It is still possible to ignore the warning and watch the tweet, under special rules for government officials protecting the public’s right to know what their politicians have said.
After Twitter muzzled him, Trump had the official White House Twitter account post his words. Twitter also flagged that tweet.