The 2020 Democratic convention steered clear of mentioning the massive civil unrest that gripped America this summer after the death of George Floyd. That was no accident.
Democrats realize that the majority of voters won’t stand for violence and lawlessness, and they understand that identifying with rioters will be the kiss of death in November. Unfortunately for them, Joe Biden hasn’t learned how to walk the line between the silent majority and the far left.
In a statement on the police shooting of Jacob Blake and resulting civil unrest that just rocked the midwestern city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Biden pointedly failed to address the violent riots that are gripping that city.
And Americans will remember that come November.
In a Monday Facebook post, Biden wrote:
Yesterday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back as police attempted to restrain him from getting into his car. His children watched from inside the car and bystanders watched in disbelief. And this morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force. This calls for an immediate, full and transparent investigation and the officers must be held accountable.
These shots pierce the soul of our nation. Jill and I pray for Jacob’s recovery and for his children.
Equal justice has not been real for Black Americans and so many others. We are at an inflection point. We must dismantle systemic racism. It is the urgent task before us. We must fight to honor the ideals laid in the original American promise, which we are yet to attain: That all men and women are created equal, but more importantly that they must be treated equally.
Breitbart notes that Biden left out important details in his account, including that witnesses say police first attempted to wrestle with Blake and then used a taser before resorting to shooting him in the back as he reached into his car.
The officers involved have been put on administrative leave, authorities announced Monday, and an investigation into the incident is underway. Blake was hospitalized in serious condition. His attorney said Tuesday that he is paralyzed from the waist down and has undergone surgery.
Protests and riots broke out in Kenosha on Sunday night after the shooting — to the point that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called in 125 members of the Wisconsin National Guard on Monday. As unrest continued Monday night, firefighters reported that multiple businesses, vehicles, garbage trucks, and homes were set on fire. Some of the damage can be seen in this footage from the Daily Caller:
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On Tuesday, Evers declared a state of emergency and called for an increased National Guard presence as protests and riots continued.
“We cannot allow the cycle of systemic racism and injustice to continue,” he said. “We also cannot continue going down this path of damage and destruction. We are assessing the damage to state property and will be increasing the presence of the Wisconsin National Guard to ensure individuals can exercise their right safely, protect state buildings and critical infrastructure, and support first responders and fire fighters.”
Biden, however, did not take the opportunity to encourage protesters to remain peaceful, nor did he condemn the violence in Kenosha, which continued Tuesday night with reports of multiple people shot.