Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden finally condemned the riots that are ending lives and businesses in several cities, after the pressure he received following three months of silence on the issue.
“You know, as I said after George Floyd’s murder, protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary,” Biden said in a video attached to one of his Aug. 26 tweets.
“But burning down communities is not protest, its needless violence—violence that endangers lives, violence that guts businesses and shutters businesses that serve the community,” Biden added in the same video.
Once again, a Black man — Jacob Blake — was shot by the police. In front of his children. It makes me sick.
Is this the country we want to be?
Needless violence won’t heal us. We need to end the violence — and peacefully come together to demand justice. pic.twitter.com/WdNqrxA3PK
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 26, 2020
What the Democrats were quick to do was to donate money to pay bail for the looting anarchists, who are participating in the violent riots, after the death of the African American George Floyd on May 25, in police custody.
Only four days had passed when Biden’s campaign staff began posting on Twitter that they had already donated money for that purpose, at least 13 of them did, Reuters reported on May 30.
After Biden had rejected the violence in the riots, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was still promoting those donations.
Harris issued a tweet on June 1 inviting her supporters to contribute money to the Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) to pay bail.
“If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” tweeted Harris, while including a link to a page featuring her photo and campaign fliers.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
On Sept. 10, the link was still active, which is contradictory 14 days after Biden spoke out against the riots, according to The Daily Caller.
After raising $35 million since May 25, the MFF said it had paid $3.47 million for county bonds since “the uprising,” with $210,000 of that being posted by those arrested for the riots.
Despite the contradictory behavior of Biden and Harris, it is clear to her that she will continue to support the violent riots, even after the Nov. 3 election, she said in an interview with leftist journalist Stephen Colbert.
When asked about the issue, Harris replied emphatically: “And everyone beware, because they’re not gonna stop. They’re not gonna stop before Election Day in November, and they’re not gonna stop after Election Day. And that should be—everyone should take note of that.”