Biden says “I won’t fan the flames of hate”

The COVID Diaries – 66 2nd June

In the United States, Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign appears to be on the move following a coronavirus-imposed lockdown.

Deliberately taking a positive tone in contrast to President Donald Trump’s inflammatory and confrontational approach to the racial unrest sweeping the US, Biden visited Philadelphia’s historic city hall, where he gave a high-profile, widely televised address.

Biden pledged to push for policing reforms, including a ban on the use of chokeholds like the one that resulted in George Floyd’s death.

The former vice-president is trying to draw a sharp contrast with the current White House occupant – both by making concrete proposals for how law enforcement should operate and in suggesting that Trump’s tone and attitude is ill-suited for the perilous moment in American history.

“I won’t traffic in fear and division,” Biden said. “I won’t fan the flames of hate.”

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