Joe Biden accuses President Trump of military crackdown on protesters, calls for police reforms – George Floyd

Joe Biden accuses President Trump of military crackdown on protesters, calls for police reforms – George Floyd.

Biden Speaking from City Hall in Philadelphia, one of the cities destroyed by unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, Joe Biden accused president Trump of abusing his power and authority as commander in chief by instructing military personnel to scatter protesters so that he could “stage a photo op at a noble church.”

“When peaceful protesters dispersed in order for a use tear gas and flash grenades in order to stage a photo op – at one of the most historic churches in the country… we can be forgiven for believing that the president is more interested in power than in principle, more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of the people in his care,” Joe Biden said. “For that’s what the presidency is – a duty to care about all of us, not just our voters, not just our donors, but all of us.”

Donald Trump Instruccted military personnel to clear the area around the White House on Monday night to enable him walk across the street and pose for a photo holding a Bible in front of the historic St. John’s church. The Church was set on fire by vandals over the weekend.

Without any form of warning, The military police fired tear gas repeatedly and smoke bombs into the crowd of peaceful protesters in their hundreds in front of Lafayette Square Park ahead of President Trump’s trip to the church.

“The president held up the Bible at St. John’s church yesterday,” Biden said on Tuesday. “I just wished he’d open it once in a while instead of brandishing it. If he’d opened it he would have learned something. We’re all called to love one another as we love ourselves. It’s really hard work, but it’s the work of America.”

“Donald Trump isn’t interested in doing that work,” Biden continued. “Instead, he’s preening and sweeping away all the guardrails that have long protected our democracy, guardrails that have made possible this nation’s path to a more perfect union. It’s a union worth fighting for and that’s why I intend to run for president.”

On Tuesday, Joe Biden acknowledged that there is “not place for violence, no place for looting or destroying property or burning churches or destroying businesses.” He also said that many of the hurt business are “built by people of color who for the first time in their lives are starting to realize their dreams and build wealth for their families.”

Biden emphasized on police using “excessive violence” to calm the angry protests over George Floyd’s death.

“Nor is it acceptable for the police sworn to protect our people to escalate tension or resort to excessive violence,” Biden said. “We need to distinguish between legitimate peaceful protests and opportunists violent destruction. We have to be vigilant about the violence being done by this incumbent president to our economy and to the pursuit of justice.”

Biden’s speech, which was carried live on cable and broadcast news, is Biden’s first major public address since the coronavirus outbreak, which had kept him at home in Delaware.

Joe Biden opened his remarks by repeating George Floyd’s final words as the Police officer “Derek Chauvin” using his knee applied pressure on his neck before he died.

“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, ” Biden said. “George Floyd’s last words. But they didn’t die with him. They’re still being heard. They’re echoing across this nation.”

Biden also pointed to many bills he said Congress could pass right away to address police brutality injustice, including legislation that would outlaw chokeholds, limit the transfer of “weapons of war” to police departments, and create a new oversight and accountability model for use of force within police departments.

“No more excuses no more delays,” Biden said. “If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison Mitch Mitchell McConnellRosenstein steps back into GOP crosshairs Biden to deliver remarks in Philadelphia Tuesday on nationwide protests Senate Republicans urge Trump to tone down rhetoric on protests MORE R-Ky. can bring the U.S. Senate to confirm Trump’s unqualified judicial nominees, who will run roughshod over our constitution now, it’s time to pass legislation that will give true meaning to our constitutional premise of equal protection under the law.” Black Lives Matter. #blacklivesmatter✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿