What Has Biden Said About Protests, Violence, Riots? : The NPR Politics Podcast Biden's remarks come after several days of unrest in cities, including the shooting deaths of two protesters in Wisconsin, allegedly by an armed white vigilante, and a fatal shooting in Portland, Ore., where a man was killed during a night of confrontations between Trump supporters and racial justice demonstrators.

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Joe Biden: 'Do I Look Like A Radical Socialist With A Soft Spot For Rioters?'

Joe Biden: 'Do I Look Like A Radical Socialist With A Soft Spot For Rioters?'

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Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, responded on Monday to recent incidents of violence in which at least three people have died during clashes between the president's supporters and anti-racism protesters:

"Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It's lawlessness, plain and simple."

He continued:

"Ask yourself: Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really? I want a safe America, safe from COVID, safe from crime and looting, safe from racially motivated violence, safe from bad cops."

Biden said Trump looks at instances of violence as his "political lifeline."

"He keeps telling you if only he was president, it wouldn't happen. If he was president, you'd feel safe. Well, he is president, whether he knows it or not. And it is happening. It's getting worse, and you know why? Because Donald Trump adds fuel to every fire."

Read our full write-up of his remarks.

Biden's remarks come after several days of unrest in cities, including the shooting deaths of two protesters in Wisconsin, allegedly by an armed white vigilante, and a fatal shooting in Portland, Ore., where a man was killed during a night of confrontations between Trump supporters and racial justice demonstrators.

Also, how activists at the March On Washington are talking about voting this election cycle.

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