Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden accepts the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination throughout a speech delivered for the largely digital 2020 Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, August 20, 2020.

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Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump on Thursday of “rooting for more violence” in cities the place protests over police brutality and racism have boiled over.

Biden made his feedback in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, hours earlier than Trump’s formally accepts the GOP presidential nomination on the final night time of the Republican National Convention. They marked a few of his most heated criticisms but in opposition to Trump’s dealing with of the racial disaster that has gripped the nation for the reason that dying of George Floyd on Memorial Day.

“He views this as a political benefit to him,” Biden mentioned when requested about demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that sprang up following the police taking pictures of Jacob Blake over the weekend.

“He’s rooting for more violence, not less,” Biden mentioned.

When pressed on the accusation, Biden quoted Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway, who mentioned in a Fox News interview that “the more chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence reigns, the better it is for the very clear choice on who’s best on public safety and law and order.”

Trump marketing campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh responded in a press release to CNBC that Biden’s “desperation is showing,” including that Trump has “repeatedly condemned the violence erupting in Democrat-led cities.”

“This is election is a choice between President Trump’s strong stance with law and order and Joe Biden’s acquiescence to the anti-police left and siding with rioters,” Murtaugh mentioned.

The White House declined to touch upon Biden’s remarks.

Video footage of Sunday’s police taking pictures of Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, sparked one other wave of concern towards regulation enforcement. Protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, gave option to clashes between demonstrators and police. 

Armed vigilante teams have been additionally current on the demonstrations. One particular person was arrested Wednesday and is dealing with murder fees after allegedly taking pictures three individuals, killing two, on Tuesday night time, NBC News reported.

Trump and his supporters have focused intently on the violence throughout the Republican National Convention this week, lumping Democrats in with “anarchists” and “rioters” seen at some occasions. Trump will reportedly blast Biden as “extreme” when he delivers his keynote speech on the White House on Thursday night time.

Biden, who accepted his occasion’s presidential nomination on the Democratic National Convention final week, laid blame for a lot of the strife squarely on the toes of the president, hanging again at criticisms launched Wednesday night time by Vice President Mike Pence, who mentioned informed the GOP conference that Americans “won’t be safe” underneath a Biden administration.

“The problem we have now is, we’re in Donald Trump’s America,” Biden responded. He accused Trump of “pouring gasoline on the fire,” citing the president’s 2017 remarks that there have been “very fine people on both sides” of a White supremacist protest in Charlottesville wherein a counterprotester was killed.

Biden on Wednesday condemned the violence in Kenosha, while expressing outrage over the video of Blake’s shooting.

“You know, as I said after George Floyd’s murder, protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary. But burning down communities is not protest, it’s needless violence,” Biden mentioned in a video posted to social media.

Trump has known as for the federal authorities to intervene in Kenosha to clamp down on the unrest however has not tweeted or commented publicly about Blake’s taking pictures.