"This isn't about 'law and order'. It's about a political strategy to revive a failing campaign. Every instinct that Trump has is to add fuel to the fire. It's the last thing. The last thing we need," Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware.
"We need leadership that will calm the waters and lower the temperature."
JOE BIDEN: Donald Trump faces a real test, and he's failed it. The basic threshold of being president-- the duty to care for the entire country, not just his re-election prospects.
He's shown that he can't beat the pandemic and keep you safe. He can't turn the economy around and get America back to work. And he is horrifyingly, and not surprisingly, intentionally stoking the flames of division and racism in this country.
I said from the outset of the recent protests that there's no place for violence or destruction of property. Peaceful protesters should be protected, and arsonists and anarchists should be prosecuted. And local law enforcement can do that. When President Obama and I were in office we protected federal property. We were able to do it without the Department of Homeland Security turning into a private militia.
And it could be done today, but that wouldn't help Trump's political interests. He's determined to stoke division and chaos. It's not good for the country. But Donald Trump doesn't care. His campaign is failing, and he's looking for a political lifeline. This isn't about law and order. It's about a political strategy to revive a failing campaign. Every instinct Trump has is is to add fuel to the fire.
It's the last thing-- the last thing we need. We need leadership who will calm the waters and lower the temperature. That's how we'll restore peace in the streets.