While Donald Trump cowers in the White House, the next President of the United States, Joe Biden, goes out to where people in Delaware have protested the murder of George Floyd and talks to concerned Americans:
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday left his home for a site in Wilmington, Del., that has seen protests over the death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer.
…“We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us,” Biden wrote Sunday on social media posts across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
His posts showed a picture of him wearing a mask and kneeling across from a black man and a child. Videos on his Instagram story show the presumptive Democratic nominee taking photos and chatting with other masked men.
“The only way to bear this pain is to turn all that anguish to purpose,” Biden added. “And as President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last night’s protests in Wilmington” [Rishika Dugyala, “Biden Visits Protest Site in Delaware,” Politico, 2020.05.31].
Biden spent 10–15 minutes on the phone with the family of George Floyd Friday and let George’s brother Philonese speak. Trump spent maybe two minutes on the phone with the murdered man’s brother and didn’t sound terribly interested in justice:
Speaking to MSNBC’s Al Sharpton, George’s brother, Philonise Floyd, said his conversation with President Trump was “so fast.”
“He didn’t give me an opportunity to even speak,” Floyd said. “It was hard. I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept, like, pushing me off, like ‘I don’t want to hear what you’re talking about.’
“And I just told him, I want justice. I said that I couldn’t believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight,” he said [Amanda Watts, “George Floyd’s Brother Says Trump ‘Didn’t Give Me an Opportunity to Even Speak’ During Phone Call,” CNN, 2020.05.30].
More Americans are figuring out that Trump isn’t interested in soothing the nation or solving problems or in anything else other than himself. Biden led Trump in all of more than 40 national polls taken in May. The latest ABC-Washington Post poll finds Biden winning 53%–43% over the lazy menace in the White House. Decent Americans who work to dismantle structural racism and hold elected leaders to higher standards of compassion and honesty should be surprised and embarrassed the race is that close.