US presidential candidate Joe Biden accuses President Donald Trump of being a ‘weak’ and toxic’ leader. He says President Trump is stoking violence in the country.
Speaking from Pennsylvania, Biden said the country is facing many crises and “under Donald Trump, keep multiplying”.
Both candidates have recently been trading insults over clashes in Portland, Oregon.
On Monday, police identified the man who was fatally shot during Saturday’s protests as Aaron Danielson. His death was mourned by Patriot Prayer, a far-right group, which described him as “a good friend and a supporter”. Also Read — Trump warns Biden will ‘demolish’ American dream
Police have not specified whether the shooting was directly linked to the clashes between a pro-Trump rally and Black Lives Matter protesters in the city.
However, media reports say a man who calls himself an anti-fascist is being investigated over Danielson’s death.
Biden says Trump is ‘fomenting’ violence
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In his speech in Pittsburgh on Monday, Biden said the president “long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country”.
“He can’t stop the violence – because for years he has fomented it,” he said, adding: “We need justice in America. And we need safety in America. We are facing multiple crises – crises that, under Donald Trump, keep multiplying.”
“Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected?” he asked.
On the other hand, Trump accused Biden of “blaming the police” for protests and violence in the country.
“Just watched what Biden had to say,” he wrote on Twitter. “To me, he’s blaming the Police far more than he’s blaming the Rioters, Anarchists, Agitators, and Looters, which he could never blame or he would lose the Radical Left Bernie [Sanders] supports!”
In a tweet earlier on Monday, Trump said “Radical Left Mayors & Governors of Cities where this crazy violence is taking place have lost control of their ‘Movement’.”