Former Vice President Joe Biden says Americans are looking to their leaders. Speaking in Philadelphia, Biden slammed President Trump for staging a "photo-op" at a church near the White House this week. As we told you before, police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear out a peaceful protest so Trump could walk to the church.
Biden noted that Trump held up a Bible and said, "I just wish he opened it once in a while." He also talked about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and protests over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. Biden said violence is being done to the economy and the pursuit of justice in the U.S.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee stressed that people are justifiably angry, but said protests must not turn violent. On that note, Biden accused Trump of throwing up a "smoke screen" on the protests to divert attention from his response to the coronavirus crisis.
He said a president must be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Biden warned that the nation faces a long and difficult path to recovery and said strong and effective leadership will be needed.