Biden Claims Trump Planned Tear Gas on Black Voters in Peaceful Protests

( – President Biden spoke to black voters in Philadelphia, claiming Trump aimed to tear gas those protesting George Floyd’s murder in 2020. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made an appearance at Girard College, a mostly African American boarding school, to thank the voters who helped secure their win in the 2020 election.

Biden’s speech highlighted several achievements aimed at improving black lives. These include eliminating lead pipes for safer drinking water, reducing pollution in fence-line communities, providing affordable high-speed internet, and protecting the Affordable Health Care Act.

Taking a direct shot at Trump, Biden accused him of calling the Jan. 6 rioters patriots and wanting to pardon them. He questioned the audience, pondering Trump’s reaction if black Americans had stormed the Capitol on that day, suggesting Trump wouldn’t be talking about pardons. Biden reminded the crowd of Trump’s alleged plan to use tear gas against peaceful protesters during the George Floyd demonstrations.

In May 2020, protests in Philadelphia, which began peacefully in response to Floyd’s death and alleged police brutality, turned violent. The violence included defacing a statue of former Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, looting, and setting police vehicles on fire. A Starbucks near City Hall also went up in flames.

Police in riot gear confronted protesters near the Municipal Services Building at 16th and Arch streets. The crowd reportedly threw projectiles and tried to push through the police line using a fence, resulting in injuries to over a dozen officers and the implementation of a mandatory curfew.

Biden reaffirmed his commitment to racial equality, reminding voters of his administration’s record investments in black communities. He stressed the importance of the 2024 election, pledging to continue addressing issues like affordable housing, internet access, and environmental justice.

Biden celebrated the appointment of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman in the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous other black judges. He pledged to keep pushing for progressive changes, particularly in the judicial system, and to continue fighting for voting rights and reproductive rights if reelected.

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