Update (1450ET): If CNN's reporters though the crowd at Trump's Tulsa rally a few months ago was underwhelming, wait until they get a load of this.
The enthusiastic crowd at Biden's big speech in Pittsburgh today... 🤣 pic.twitter.com/AgaQ99pfpk— Red Nation Rising (@RedNationRising) August 31, 2020
Meanwhile, President Trump makes a very cogent point on Twitter.
Trump says he tuned in for Biden's remarks in Pennsylvania. https://t.co/A9YBflYR4k— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) August 31, 2020
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Update (1350ET): As expected, after weeks of radio silence and half-hearted appeals to American decency, Biden attempted to dismiss claims that he would implement the progressive left's "radical socialist agenda", while attacking President Trump for trying to sow chaos in a deliberate attempt to get reelected.
Of course, the irony that Democratic mayors, and even Biden himself, have enabled the violent looters and rioters in the name of protecting the first amendment right to "peaceably assemble". Furthermore, Biden, perhaps unknowingly, made a huge blunder when he said he knows "most cops are good people" - a statement that's anathema to the Bernie Bros and crazed leftists, and which could single-handedly undermine all of his pandering.
When it comes to safety, Biden insisted that he wants to keep America "safe from 4 more years of Donald Trump".
"Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really? I want a safe America. Safe from Violence and Looting...safe from political violence...safe from bad cops...and let me be crystal clear: safe from 4 more years of Donald Trump."
Anybody caught looting and rioting should be prosecuted, Biden said.
"I want to be very clear about all of this: Rioting is not protesting, looting is not protesting, setting fires is not protesting…It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted."
Biden insisted that Trump's mindset is "the more chaos...the better it is for Trump's reelection". Nevermind the president's repeated offers to send in more national guard troops and reinforcement to Democratic mayors who have lost control of their streets.
"He's supposed to be protecting this country," Biden insisted. "Instead he's rooting for violence and chaos." And why? Since Trump and Mike Pence failed to stop the coronavirus - something that Americans are "really afraid of" (the implication being that Americans are more afraid of the virus than politically-motivated unrest) - they're no trying to "scare" America into reelecting them.
"Donald Trump failed to protect America, now he's trying to scare America."
Other topics touched upon by Biden: Trump not denouncing Russia harshly enough following reports about Russian intelligence paying bounties to the Taliban for shooting American troops. There has never been a president as "subservient" to Russia as President Trump, Biden said. Of course, while Trump has at times expressed his admiration toward Vladimir Putin, his foreign policy has been one of aggression toward Russia.
"Even troops aren't safer under Donald Trump," Biden said, nevermind a planned reduction in troops in Iraq.
"We talk about safety and security...we should talk about basic security of being able to look your child in the eye and say 'it's going to be okay honey...we'll be able to put food on the table'" Biden said. "We're not going to just build things back the way they were before...we're going to build them back better", Biden said, reiterating his bizarrely alliterative slogan.
Oh, and since Biden is speaking in Western PA., he had to insist that "I am not banning fracking", a phrase he repeated several times for emphasis, before accusing Trump of "poisoning our Democracy".
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Following deadly shootings in Portland and Kenosha, VP Joe Biden is delivering a speech where he's expected to bash President Trump as a violent demagogue who's intent on sowing chaos and discord in the streets of America's cities, all for the sake of bolstering his reelection chances.
Biden's aids simply need to rework parts of his nomination speech and plug in a few new details from the events of the last two weeks, and they should be good to go.
The Veep is speaking from Pittsburgh, in a swing state that Biden will need to flip back into the 'blue' column if he wants to triumph over his political rival on Nov. 3.