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Joe Biden’s speech in Pittsburgh

Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks again with feeling in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on August 31. He started off by speaking about the earlier days of world war II and quoted Franklin Roosevelt, “The news is going to get worse and worse before it gets better and better. And the Americans deserve to have it straight from the shoulder.”

He said that the job of the President is to tell it straight from the shoulder, to tell the truth, to be candid, to face facts, to lead not to insight. He blames the current incumbent President for being incapable of telling us the truth, facing the facts and healing.

He says America is facing violence repeatedly, of an unwarranted police shooting, excessive force, bullets in the back of Jacob Blake, knee on the neck of George Floyd killing of Breonna Taylor in her own apartment. While Biden blamed the violence on Trump, he condemned it, saying, “rioting is not protesting, setting fires is not protesting, looting is not protesting”, he thinks its just lawlessness, plain and simple which divides instead of uniting, destroys business, only hurts the community.

He made several references to Trump. He says fires are burning and America has a President who fans the flames rather than fighting it. He accuses Trump of not being able to control violence because of the years he’s formatted to it. He questions, “does anyone believe there’ll be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?” He says all crisis in the birth of the right American future has been multiplying under Trump.

Joe thinking of Presidency does not think about himself nor his brand but only about the people of America. Whether white, black, Latino, Asian American, Native American, irrespective of their colour, zip code or political interests he claims he’s in the campaign only for the people. He’s confident that the people of America know him, his story and family and asks if he looks like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters, in his speech he wants to be crystal clear about a safe America from four more years of Donald Trump.

Joe says with President Obama in the White House, they just did their job and the federal property was protected. Working with the police in the country for many years, he knows most cops are good and decent. He wants to give the mayor and governor the support they needed from the federal government. Biden says the last thing on his mind would be to use the American military against their own people. He pointed out facts that when he was the Vice President, the crime had fallen by 15% and they did it without chaos and disorder, and that murder rate right now is up by 26% across the country under Trump. They stopped a depression in 2009, took a bad economy that was falling and turned it around, Trump now instead took a good economy and drove it back into the ditch.

Speaking of international issue’s Joe says instead of telling Vladimir Putin that there’s no putting up with words, this President doesn’t even mention it in his many phone calls with Putin. He says just when the Russian forces attacked the American troops in Syria, injuring American serving members, the President did not say a single word.

He said the economic agenda for recovery is good-paying jobs, building nations roads, bridges, solar rays, windmills, investment in health care and childcare workers, clean energy strategy with a place for energy workers right in Pennsylvania.

He concludes with the words of Pope John Paul, “Be not afraid, be not afraid. Fear never builds the future, but hope does.”

Reporter: Sriya D

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