Many media outlets are unloading on Joe Biden, because they felt that he had a chance to defuse the ongoing violence in certain cities, but failed to do so.
Fox News says, ‘To hold a four-day virtual convention and fail to mention the riots that have swept American cities in recent months was a major blunder, a gift-wrapped package to Donald Trump.’
True enough, Biden didn’t comment about the violence until after the DNC.
The Atlantic casts a different view on Biden’s failure to address the violence, by proclaiming in an article titled This Is How Biden Loses, saying that, ‘Nothing will harm a campaign like the wishful thinking, fearful hesitation, or sheer complacency that fails to address what voters can plainly see.’
It’s still unclear why the media would be blaming Biden for the mess that certain parts of the country are in, concerning the violent and sometimes deadly protests. Biden isn’t an elected official, and he’s not the President of the United States.
Addressing the protests and violence in a speech on Monday, Biden said, “I want to be very clear about all of this: Rioting is not protesting. 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,”.
The New York Times mentioned that Biden ‘cast Mr. Trump as a destabilizing force who had exacerbated the most urgent problems facing the nation, from the public health crisis, international affairs and unemployment to issues around police brutality, white supremacy and racism.’
In his speech, Biden says, “We need justice in America. We need safety in America. We’re facing multiple crises — crises that, under Donald Trump, have kept multiplying.”
“He keeps telling us if he was president you’d feel safe. Well, he is president, whether he knows it or not.”Joe Biden, addressing President Trump’s criticisms.
The LA Times wrote, ‘With the Democratic and Republican conventions now over, the speech marked Biden’s highest-profile effort to flip the script on Trump’s claims that a summer of mostly peaceful protests around the country, marred by scattered vandalism and violence, offers a dark preview of what the president called “Biden’s America.”’
Biden made it clear that everything that is happening is under President Trump’s watch.
“Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames rather than fighting the flames,” Biden said. “Donald Trump looks at this violence and he sees a political lifeline.
Republicans will try to focus on “law and order” because they believe the issue appeals to voters concerned about violence spreading to their communities — especially in suburban areas that are key to the election outcome.
Democrats will try to shift voters’ attention back to what they contend is Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis and his efforts to dodge responsibility for the growing turmoil in the country he leads, according to the LA Times.
The latest violent protests concerns what’s considered to be the very brutal and excessive shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha, Wisconsin police officers. Those protests have led to widespread violence, property destruction and at least 2 deaths.
The Atlantic feels that Biden cannot afford to ignore the situation, saying ‘Biden, then, should go immediately to Wisconsin, the crucial state that Hillary Clinton infamously ignored. He should meet the Blake family and give them his support and comfort.’