Joe Biden emerged for a rare in-person event today to accuse President Trump of failing "to protect America, so now he’s trying to scare America."
- "These are not images of some imagined Joe Biden's America of the future. These are images of Donald Trump's America today," Biden said.
- "Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected?"
Why it matters: This is a direct rebuttal to Trump, whose campaign has run ads claiming people "won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America," Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
- Biden today: "I want to be very clear: Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness. Plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted."
- "You know me. You know my heart. You know my story. Ask yourself: Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters? Really? I want a safe America."
The big picture: It's rare for Biden to do an in-person event in the COVID era.
- Biden's measured tone grew more forceful when reiterating certain points to correct the record about his candidacy: "I am not banning fracking," he said at one point. "Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking, no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me." (Go deeper).
- The former vice president listed what he wants to keep America safe from: the pandemic, "bad cops," looting, rioting and "four more years of Donald Trump."
- "He may believe mouthing the words 'law and order' makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is."