Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, left, and President Donald Trump.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, left, and President Donald Trump. Getty Images

Democratic nominee Joe Biden declared yesterday that President Trump has made America a more dangerous place, blaming Trump for fomenting racial unrest.

“Do you really feel safer under Donald Trump?” Biden asked repeatedly in a speech in Pittsburgh.

The speech opened a new phase of the 2020 election, with both parties’ national conventions now completed and Biden beginning to travel to swing states. In his first major campaign event after last week’s Republican convention, the former vice president delivered a forceful response to Trump and his allies’ racially charged claims that the looting and property damage that has taken place amid protests over racial injustice in some cities would spread to the suburbs if Biden is elected in November.

Biden condemned violence and destruction, calling it an affront to the tactics of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis.

“I want to be very clear about all of this: Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted,” Biden said. “Violence will not bring change, it will only bring destruction. It’s wrong in every way.”

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