Joe Biden will travel to western Pennsylvania on Monday to give remarks focused on how President Donald Trump has made America less safe, forgoing the chance to deliver that message in Wisconsin, where the president is planning a Tuesday visit.
Biden faced mounting pressure to visit the battleground state amid violence after a police shooting in Kenosha.
His decision to instead speak from Pennsylvania is designed to put some space between the violence and the former vice president as he continues to argue that the unrest in the city is an outgrowth of the president’s rhetoric that inflames racial tensions.
Biden’s speech Monday will focus on how Trump continues to fan the flames of division and encourage chaos, rather than trying to calm fears and heal the country.
Trump announced a trip to Kenosha as he attempted to claim credit for calm on the streets of Kenosha after he made a call to bring in the National Guard.
“Success: Since the National Guard moved into Kenosha, Wisconsin, two days ago, there has been NO FURTHER VIOLENCE, not even a small problem,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “When legally asked to help by local authorities, the Federal Government will act and quickly succeed. Are you listening Portland?”
However, before Trump made that call, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers had already sent some National Guard troops to the city and then increased the deployment.
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