Trump and the Republican party have long accused Biden and the Democratic ticket of being part of the “radical left.”
Violent protests broke out at the beginning of the summer following the police killing of a Black man. Several other police killings ensued, and the Black Lives Matter movement started across the US and other parts of the world.
The Radical Left Mayors & Governors of Cities where this crazy violence is taking place have lost control of their “Movement”. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but the Anarchists & Agitators got carried away and don’t listen anymore - even forced Slow Joe out of basement!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2020
“Do I look like a radical socialist that has a soft spot for rioters?” Biden asked, in a rare public appearance since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Stores have been looted and police buildings have been set ablaze in protests that turned violent.
Biden said he was against the violence and called for the prosecution of those taking part in it.
“Violence will not bring change and it divides,” Biden said during his speech from Pittsburgh.
He is scheduled to make several stops in battleground states this week.
Biden also accused Trump of being “a toxic presence” in the US and “poisoning the way we talk to each other.”
The former Vice President said that he would keep America safe “from four more years of Donald Trump,” who he said failed to condemn right-wing militias and white supremacists.
Trump's campaign quickly hit back at Biden. “He [Biden] failed to condemn people who called the police a ‘cancer’ or people on his campaign staff who called them ‘pigs,’” Tim Murtaugh, communications director for Trump 2020, said.
“You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” Murtaugh added.