Wilmington | After weeks trapped at home because of the pandemic, Democratic candidate for the White House Joe Biden met on Monday black political and religious leaders to denounce the “institutional racism” which eats an America bruised by the death of George Floyd.
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Painful to be heard so far in media focused on the ravages of the coronavirus and the management of the crisis by Donald Trump, Joe Biden multiplies the declarations and meetings noted since the homicide by a white police officer of this unarmed black man, that set the United States on fire.
Mask over his face, pacing a small church in his town of Wilmington, Delaware, he vowed on Monday to tackle “institutional racism” in his first 100 days in office, if he defeated Donald Trump on November 3.
In the evening, Joe Biden accused the Republican president of using the army “against the Americans” and tear gas against “peaceful demonstrators” for a communication operation, after the surprise and controversial visit of the republican billionaire to a church iconic close to the White House.
On Sunday, the Democrat met passers-by at the site of an anti-racism protest. And Tuesday, the former right-hand man of Barack Obama is to go to Philadelphia to speak on the “civil disturbances” which shake the country.
After being accused of staying too far behind, locked up at home, even by some in his own camp, the septuagenarian seems to have caught his breath and be ready to accelerate with the relaxation of containment measures.
Biden, knee down
In front of fifteen religious and political leaders, the vast majority black, in the Wilmington church, Joe Biden, 77, had harsh words for Donald Trump, which he leads in national polls.
“Hatred only hides. It does not disappear. And when someone in power blows hatred under the rocks, it comes out. The words of a president are important, “he said.
After a prayer, Joe Biden had listened in silence, taking notes, for about an hour each of the speakers, some very moved by mentioning the death of George Floyd, 46, on May 25 in Minneapolis.
In this painful environment, several participants urged Joe Biden to choose a running mate who would become the first black vice president if he won in November. He reiterated to them that “several African American candidates” were on his list.
At the end of the game, Joe Biden knelt on the ground in a family photo on the front line with the participants.
It was the first time that the septuagenarian had attended such a public meeting in person since mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic suddenly paralyzed the presidential campaign.
He then organized a round table with the mayors of big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta, shaken by the violence.
The death of George Floyd is “not only intolerable but people are angry, (…) I am,” he said, while once again condemning the violence.
The Democratic candidate later shared what the victim’s brother Philonise Floyd said when he called him, “Promise me that justice will be done. Promise me that people will be held accountable. Promise me. “
Vice President Barack Obama for eight, Joe Biden is very popular with black Americans, a key electorate for any Democrat hoping to win the American presidential election.
But he did not escape criticism for his past positions or comments that provoked outrage.
Like when he told a radio host in May that he was “not black” if he was thinking of voting for Donald Trump. Joe Biden quickly apologized.
“In this room, we love you (…) But we are not here only to love you but also to push you,” a Delaware senator, Darius Brown, told him on Monday, calling on him to make proposals. concrete.
“During your eight years as vice president, there have been many successes, but the African-American community has not experienced the same economic opportunities and social advancement that it had experienced in the 1990s.”