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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris stepped up their criticism of US President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying he supported violence amid unrest in Wisconsin and criticized him for his lack of leadership on the coronavirus pandemic, hours before the scheduled speech of Trump on the last night of the Republican National Convention.”He sees it as a political advantage,” Democratic presidential candidate Biden told MSNBC of protests in Wisconsin after police shot dead a black man earlier this week. “He wants more violence, not less. And it’s clear about it.

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Harris, the running mate, said Trump had shown “a reckless disregard for the well-being of the American people” by failing to contain the coronavirus. It was her first big Trump-focused speech since joining the Democratic ticket.

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The two had remained largely silent for the first three days of the GOP convention, during which Republicans attempted to link them to protesters, warning that a Biden presidency would make America less secure and wrongly claim that he wanted to dissolve the police.

Meanwhile, the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has again sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality. Days later, a 17-year-old white gunman was arrested for the gunshot deaths of two protesters in clashes between self-defense militias and protesters.










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White House adviser Kellyanne Conway suggested on Fox and friends that the Wisconsin unrest could improve Trump’s chances of re-election.

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“The more chaos, lawlessness, vandalism and violence reign,” said Conway, “the better for the very clear choice of who is better when it comes to public safety and public order. ”

Biden does not support the postponement of police funding, but has argued for an overhaul of American police practices after years of high-profile murders of black Americans by officers. Harris, meanwhile, sponsored a bill in Congress to ban certain police practices such as strangles and no-cut warrants and would create a national registry of misconduct, among others.

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On Thursday in Washington, Harris offered his support to the protesters.

“It’s no wonder people are taking to the streets – and I support them,” she said. “Make no mistake: we will not let these vigilantes and extremists derail the path to justice.”

His comments are likely to fuel Republican criticism on the final night of the convention and to mark a stark contrast to remarks by Republican Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, when he praised police and criticized protesters he judged violent. He did not mention Blake or other black Americans killed by police this year, nor did he refer directly to the teenager arrested in connection with the murder of two protesters.










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“Let me be clear: the violence must stop – whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha,” Pence said, after warning people they would not be safe in Biden’s America.

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Meanwhile, Biden, who largely restricted travel near his home in Wilmington, Del. During the pandemic, said he would consider traveling to Kenosha himself.

“If I was president, I would go,” Biden said. “But it’s hard to say now what the circumstances are on the ground.”

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If he were to make the trip, Biden said, he would try to “bring the black community together as well as the white community and sit down and talk about how we’re going through this.

Of Trump, he said, “This is his America now. And, if you want to end where we are now, we have to end his term as president.

Harris focused his speech on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, which shut down much of the U.S. economy for months and killed more than 170,000 Americans. She accused Trump of incompetence that has “turned deadly” while portraying Biden as a president who would seriously tackle the pandemic. She criticized Republicans for not painting a clearer picture of the pandemic’s toll at their convention, saying Trump had failed to protect the well-being and safety of Americans.










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It is typical for a running mate to take on the role of the opponent’s primary critic, and Harris’ speech showed how she will take on that role. A former prosecutor, her defining moments that energized Democrats during the Trump presidency came during her sharp questioning of her administration candidates. Now, she’s likely to start this fire on Trump.

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“Before this virus hit, Trump made our country vulnerable,” she said. “After he hit he didn’t do what was necessary. As time goes by, it makes things worse every day.










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