The Associated Press reports:
Former Vice President Joe Biden argued the comments made by President Trump are encouraging violence amid a wave of protests interspersed with rioting across the country sparked by the death of a black man in Minnesota who died after a white police officer put his knee on the man’s neck for 8 minutes.
Biden, speaking with a small group that was spread out across the sanctuary of the Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del., emphasized that “it matters what a president says.”
And without mentioning Trump’s name, Biden stressed that “hate just hides. It doesn’t go away. And when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate into the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks.”
“Hate just hides. It doesn’t go away, and when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,” @JoeBiden in conversation with black leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware. pic.twitter.com/yT4Gx6ldud
— Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons (@GuthrieGF) June 1, 2020