This is smart politicking right here.
Courtesy of NYT:
Joseph R. Biden Jr. will travel on Monday to Houston to meet with the family of George Floyd, a black man whose death at the hands of the police touched off a nationwide outcry over racism and police brutality.
Mr. Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will offer his condolences to members of the Floyd family and will also record a video message for Mr. Floyd’s funeral service on Tuesday, according to a Biden aide. Mr. Biden is not expected to attend the service — given his Secret Service protection, there were concerns about creating a disruption — but he wanted to offer in-person condolences, according to people familiar with the matter.
His trip to Texas — his first major trip outside his home state of Delaware and nearby Philadelphia in close to three months — follows a succession of speeches, round tables, online gatherings and a visit to the site of demonstrations by Mr. Biden to discuss police violence and systemic racism. The former vice president has spoken out passionately about the need to heal racial divisions in the country, and he has advocated a number of new police reforms.
Mr. Biden has also been sharply critical of President Trump, seeking to highlight stark contrasts with his opponent in the November election over issues of race, leadership and character at a moment of extraordinary national unrest.
Donald Trump has created a real hunger in this country for smart. compassionate leadership and I think that Joe Biden may be the perfect candidate to fill it.
Long has Joe Biden been regarded as the guy who knows how to help people deal with grief and who simply oozes compassion.
I think these are the perfect times for Biden’s brand of empathetic leadership.
I have to admit that I was not in love with the idea of a Biden presidency, but I think the times are changing to the point where we may not be able to imagine anybody better.