Riots are still unfolding in Minneapolis and various other American cities. Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has finally issued a statement.

He spoke about George Floyd on Friday night but failed to mention the riots.

Joseph Simonson and Emily Larsen reported at the Washington Examiner:

Biden fails to condemn rioting in remarks on Minneapolis

In his public statements about George Floyd’s death in police custody, Joe Biden conspicuously left out any mention of the rampant civil unrest and mob violence plaguing Minneapolis and other cities across the country.

During a Friday address, the former vice president condemned “systemic” injustice and attacked President Trump for his incendiary tweets late Thursday night, in which the president wrote that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

“This is a national crisis,” Biden said. “We need real leadership right now. Leadership that will bring everyone to the table so we can take measures to root out systemic racism.”

Rioting in Minneapolis and St. Paul has led to the damage or destruction of dozens of businesses. On Thursday night, a crowd stormed into and subsequently burned down a Minneapolis Police Department precinct house.

Just after midnight this morning, Biden finally addressed the issue on Medium:

We are a nation furious at injustice.

These last few days have laid bare that we are a nation furious at injustice. 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.

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. It should not drive people away from the just cause that protest is meant to advance.

Read the rest here.

Meanwhile, some Biden campaign staffers are donating to a group that’s bailing out rioters.

This is unreal.

Reuters reports:

Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis

Campaign staff for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are advertising their donations to a group that pays bail fees in Minneapolis after the city’s police jailed people protesting the killing of a black man by a white police officer.

At least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted on Twitter on Friday and Saturday that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment. The group uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis.

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to Reuters that the former vice president opposes the institution of cash bail as a “modern day debtors prison.”

But the campaign declined to answer questions on whether the donations were coordinated within the campaign, underscoring the politically thorny nature of the sometimes violent protests.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

 

 
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