In a statement this weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden addressed the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protest/riots that have followed in the wake of the anger. While Biden struck a condemnatory tone on the violence and looting, that message was muddied somewhat by news that staffers on his campaign were actively donating money to a group helping arrested rioters get out on bail.
“Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd,” Biden said. “Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response, but burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.
“The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest,” Biden continued. “It should not drive people away from the just cause that protest is meant to advance. We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us.”
It’s quite a statement. Certainly more in line with the moderate, elder-statesman politician image that he’s been trying to present than many of his recent remarks. But this plea for calm and this condemnation of the riots is undercut somewhat by the fact that his campaign staffers are busy donating to a group whose whole purpose is to bail out the very people causing the destruction.
According to Reuters, at least 13 members of the Biden campaign have donated money to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which was founded on the premise that it’s wrong to make criminals post bail to be let out of jail ahead of their trials. This fund – and his staffers’ donations – are completely in line with the Biden agenda; the former vice president has said that cash bail is equivalent to a “modern day debtors prison.”
The Trump campaign told Reuters that it is “disturbing” that Biden’s staff would “financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building.”
There may be no better nutshell of Republicans vs. Democrats. Republicans want to see law and order take control in these cities; Democrats want the police to stand down and let the “protesters” do whatever they want because their anger is “justified.”
Who do we really want leading our country?