The Democratic candidate for president of the United States, Joe Biden, criticized Donald trump Monday for “using” the army “against the Americans,” after the president threatened to deploy troops if unrest continues in the country.
“He fired tear gas at peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets. For a photo, ”Biden tweeted, referring to Trump’s decision to use the police, including the military police, to clear a protest in front of the White House and being able to be photographed in a nearby church damaged by protesters.
In the capital, New York, Los Angeles and other major cities in the country, violent riots broke out after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, who died of suffocation after a white police officer knelt on his neck for about nine minutes when he was arrested a week ago in Minneapolis.
“For our children, for the soul of our country, we must defeat it. But I’m serious when I say this: we can only do it together, “Biden added in his tweet.
He’s using the American military against the American people.
I have tear-gassed peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets.
For a photo.
For our children, for the very soul of our country, we must defeat him. But I mean it when I say this: we can only do it together. https://t.co/G1yE67q9Nz
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 2, 2020
In a speech at the Cada Blanca, Trump announced that he will deploy the military in the capital to stop “the riots, looting, vandalism, attacks and the free destruction of property.”
“I am sending thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers,” he assured and threatened the rest of the cities that if they do not make decisions to stop the protests, they will deploy the US military to “quickly fix the problem.”
As he spoke, the police fired tear gas with the aim of clearing the ground to the Saint John’s Church, a nearby landmark building that was damaged on Sunday night.
The President went on foot, surrounded by members of his cabinet, to be photographed there, with a Bible in hand.
Biden has repeatedly denounced Floyd’s death and the “institutional racism” that he says is affecting the United States. But he also called for calm and condemned the violence.