Biden: Trump Supporters to Blame for Violent Rioting Across America
Democrat nominee claims president's voters are an 'armed militia' behind the unrest
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has claimed that President Donald Trump's supporters are an "armed militia" that's to blame for the violent rioting in Democrat-run cities across America.
Former Vice President Biden made the remarks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during his Monday afternoon speech on violence.
Biden claimed that President Trump "fomented" the unrest by encouraging his supporters to stir up disorder.
"This president, long ago, forfeited any moral leadership in this country," said in his address.
"He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it."
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"You know, he may believe mouthing the words 'law and order' makes him strong," Biden continued.
"But his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows how weak he is.
"Does anyone believe there’ll be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?"
Biden didn't specify whether he was referring to a small group of Trump supporters or the president's supporters as a whole.
In Pittsburgh, PA, @JoeBiden condemns the violence occurring across the country but blames President Trump for fomenting it. He says the president has failed to "call on his own supporters to stop acting like an armed militia." No mention of Antifa or opportunistic members of BLM pic.twitter.com/O1BJGEhImN— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 31, 2020
The former vice president spoke after a weekend in which a Trump supporter was shot and killed by an Antifa rioter in downtown Portland.
That victim was also a member of a right-wing group, Patriot Prayer, which is not a militia.
Biden may have been referring to accusations, yet unproven, that 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was a member of a militia.
Rittenhouse shot three and killed two people during a riot last week in Kenosha, Wisconsin, possibly in self-defense.
Biden has been criticized for failing to condemn the riots even though he condemned police - before knowing any facts in the case - for the shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, that triggered the unrest last Sunday.