Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Monday challenged the Republican talking point that people will not be safe in the United States with Biden as president.
JOE BIDEN: You know, the road back begins now in this campaign. You know me. You know my heart. You know my story, my family's story.
Ask yourself, do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really? I want a safe America-- safe from COVID, safe from crime and loony, safe from racially-motivated violence, safe from bad cops. Let me be crystal clear-- safe from four more years of Donald Trump.
I look at this violence and I see lives and communities and the dreams of small businesses being destroyed, and the opportunity for real progress on issues of race, police reform, and justice being put to the test. Donald Trump looks at this violence and he sees a political lifeline. Having failed to protect this nation from the virus that has killed more than 180,000 Americans so far, Trump posts an all-caps tweet screaming "law and order" to save his campaign.
One of his closest political advisors in the White House doesn't even bother to speak in code. She just comes out and she says it, quote, "the more chaos, violence, the better it is for Trump's re-election." Just think about that.
This is a sitting president of the United States of America. He's supposed to be protecting his country. But instead, he's rooting for chaos and violence.
The simple truth is Donald Trump failed to protect America. So now he's trying to scare America. Since Donald Trump and Mike Pence can't run on the record that has seen more American deaths to a virus, this virus, than the nation suffered in every war since Korea combined, since they can't run on their economy that has seen more people lose their jobs than any time since the Great Depression, since they can't run on the simple proposition of sending our children safely back to school, since they have no agenda or a vision for a second term, Trump and Pence are running on this. And I find it fascinating.
Quote, "you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America." And what's their proof? The violence we're seeing in Donald Trump's America. These are not images of some imagined Joe Biden America in the future. These are images of Donald Trump's America today.
He keeps telling you if only he was president, it wouldn't happen. If he was president-- he keeps telling us that if he was president, you'd feel safe. Well, he is president, whether he knows it or not.
And it is happening. It's getting worse. And you know why-- because Donald Trump adds fuel to every fire.