Biden vows to heal US racial wounds, slams Trump as divisive

  • Tuesday 02, June 2020 11:36 PM
  • Biden vows to heal US racial wounds, slams Trump as divisive
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday vowed in a speech to try to heal the racial divide in America and blasted President Donald Trump's response to protests over racism and police misconduct.
Speaking in Philadelphia – a city rocked by sometimes violent demonstrations in recent days – the former vice president sought to draw a vivid contrast between himself and Trump, whom he will face in the Nov. 3 general election.

"The country is crying out for leadership, leadership that can unite us," Biden said in his first major address in weeks.

Biden, who served eight years as vice president under Barack Obama, cast himself as the candidate who best understands the longstanding pain and grief in the country's black communities.
Biden said the killing of George Floyd, the African-American man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police last week, was a "wake-up call" for the nation that must force it to address the stain of systemic racism.

Biden, conversely, pledged he would "not traffic in fear or division" or "fan the flames of hate."

Trump campaign senior adviser Katrina Pierson accused Biden in a statement after the speech of making "the crass political calculation that unrest in America is a benefit to his candidacy."

Trump on Monday called the violence that had riven some of the protests "acts of domestic terror" and threatened to deploy the U.S. military to secure the nation's cities.

Biden is aiming to strike a careful balance between validating anger over police mistreatment of minorities while condemning violence as a response.