Updated Aug 31, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Biden to deliver remarks in Pittsburgh on Trump's America and vision for future

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers his acceptance speech on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on August 20
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on Aug. 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday to make an address "on whether voters feel safe" in President Trump's America and offer his vision for a "better future," his campaign said in a statement.

Of note: The Biden campaign's announcement Sunday comes one day after the New York Times reported that the former vice president would be making a trip to "condemn violence, and to note that chaos has unfolded" on Trump's watch.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Hans Nichols: Biden's plans to travel and directly address the violence is an indication that the campaign is worried about losing ground on the law and order issue.

The big picture: Biden has stepped up his rhetoric on civil unrest in the U.S. in recent days.

  • On Sunday, he issued a statement unequivocally condemning violence on all sides after a man was fatally shot the previous night during a clash between supporters of Trump and anti-racism protesters.
  • On Saturday, he told the National Guard Association of America in a virtual meeting, "You’ve been called out to help keep the peace as the country continues to struggle and overcome our racial justice crisis."
  • He also took a swipe at President Trump, saying: "I promise you, as president, I'll never put you in the middle of politics or personal vendettas. I’ll never use the military as a prop or as a private militia to violate rights of fellow citizens. That's not law and order. You don’t deserve that."

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with the latest comments from Biden and Trump.

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