At long last on Sunday, after a Trump supporter was shot on the streets of Portland, Joe Biden finally decided to release a statement condemning the violence ongoing in many American cities.
“The deadly violence we saw overnight in Portland is unacceptable. Shooting in the streets of a great American city is unacceptable. I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same,” Biden said, unable to keep himself from turning this into a political opportunity.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) was one of many who saw Biden’s statement as opportunistic and quite tardy.
“Too little too late. The left wing militants have been at war in America’s cities for MONTHS and you’re only commenting now because the polling told you to,” Crenshaw tweeted.
Exactly. Someone got into Biden’s ear, told him that Americans are slowly but surely beginning to turn on Black Lives Matter and the Democrats enabling this violence, and now he’s waking up to the fact that he needs to pivot. But of course, he’s only doing so to retain his political advantage. This isn’t a principled stand against the violence and mayhem originating from the left. This is his weak attempt to assure the suburbs that the Democratic Party hasn’t gone completely off the rails. Good luck with that.
In a speech in Pittsburgh on Monday, Biden again addressed the violence…but only so he could somehow turn it into a problem generated by President Trump.
“He can’t stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it. He may believe mouthing the words law and order makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is,” Biden said, clearly referencing Kyle Rittenhouse.
“Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?” Biden continued. “We need justice in America. And we need safety in America.”
We’re not sure whether or not we believe that the reelection of Trump will lead to less violence than we’re seeing now; indeed, we have grim fears about how the unhinged left will react to his victory. That said, we’re not going to be held hostage. We’re not going to vote for Biden just because, oh, maybe this will pacify the mob. This mob doesn’t want Biden, anyway. They want…well who knows what they want? Anarchy, as far as we can tell.
But we do know that, as long as Trump is president, we won’t have to watch the federal government bow in allegiance to these radicals. For now, that’s just about the only reason we need.