Courtesy of The Week:

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a campaign speech on Monday pushed back against claims that he has a “soft spot” for rioters while accusing President Trump of having “fomented” violence in office.

Biden spoke from Pennsylvania on Monday for a speech focused on the question of whether “you really feel safer under” Trump, and in the address, he condemned looting and rioting amid unrest in Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“Rioting is not protesting,” Biden said. “Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted. Violence will not bring change, it will only bring destruction.”

Biden also condemned the violence in Portland, Oregon, and invited Trump to do the same.

Courtesy of The Hill

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday condemned violence in Portland, Ore., after police said one person was fatally shot amid clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and counterprotesters.

The Democrat urged President Trump to do the same, underscoring his message by noting that a death is tragic no matter what political views the victim held.

“I condemn this violence unequivocally. I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same,” Biden said in a statement Sunday.

“It does not matter if you find the political views of your opponents abhorrent, any loss of life is a tragedy. Today there is another family grieving in America, and Jill and I offer our deepest condolences,” he said, referring to his wife, Jill Biden.

Biden also added this just in case people did not realize who was really fomenting violence in this country:

“We must not become a country at war with ourselves. A country that accepts the killing of fellow Americans who do not agree with you. A country that vows vengeance toward one another,” Biden said. “But that is the America that President Trump wants us to be, the America he believes we are.”

He said Trump is “recklessly encouraging violence.”

“Donald Trump has been president for almost four years. The temperature in the country is higher, tensions run stronger, divisions run deeper. And all of us are less safe because Donald Trump can’t do the job of the American president,” Biden said.

As I have said before we know what an America with Joe Biden in a position of leadership looks like, and it certainly has fewer protests and far less violence in the streets. 

We need a calm steady hand, and that is what Joe Biden will provide.