Presumptive presidential challenger Joe Biden left his house again in a rare departure to visit multiple protests in his home state.
Biden, 77, has largely remained at home since the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated in March.
Following a Memorial Day venture, Biden on Sunday went to protests in Wilmington and visited with Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) small businesses damaged by rioters, who have created mayhem across the nation by destroying buildings, torching property, and lashing out with violence against police officers, reporters, and innocent bystanders.
Riots and protests have taken place in many areas alongside each other in fluid situations that have seen protesters stop rabble-rousers fomenting violence. In other cases, large groups barged into stores and looted everything in sight.
One of Bidens official social media accounts shared a photograph of him on one knee, wearing a blue suit and a light blue mask.
“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,” a statement attributed to Biden said.
“The only way to bear this pain is to turn all that anguish to purpose. And as President, I will help lead this conversation—and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last nights protests in Wilmington.”
In a video posted on the account, the former vice president walked with three youth, one of whom said he wanted Biden to “save us” by beating President Donald Trump.
Protests spawned across the United States in recent days after video footage showing an unarmed black man, George Floyd, being knelt on in the neck area by a white police officer in Minneapolis while being arrested on suspicion of forgery.
Floyd died while in police custody, though a preliminary autopsy found no evidence of traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation. His family planned to release an independent autopsy on Monday.
Biden also released a blog post calling protesting against police brutality “an utterly American response” while condemning the burning down of communities, “needless destruction,” and “violence that endangers lives … violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community.”
The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate—who is currently vetting candidates for vice president—said, if elected, he will help lead a conversation about injustice.
“I will keep the commitment I made to Georges brother, Philonise, that George will not just be a hashtag. We must and will get to a place where everyone, regardless of race, believes that to protect and serve means to protect and serve them,” he said.
Trump, a 73-year-old Republican running for re-election, has also condemned the violence that broke out in many cities amid protests, accusing rioters of “dishonoring the memory” of Floyd.
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