Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visited Kenosha on Thursday where he spoke at lengths about the racial struggle of millions of Black Americans.
He said he would work to amplify the voices of victims of racial injustices, should he win the presidency, and would change the law to help those who are struggling.
Biden’s speech came just weeks after Jacob Blake was shot by police officers, who were responding to a domestic dispute, after other methods of detaining him failed.
As Fox News reports, however, the former vice president’s comments included a particularly poor choice of words:
Biden’s speech aimed at addressing racial unrest veered into talking about inequities in taxes at one point. He stopped himself from laying out his tax policy in detail, saying if he goes on any longer “they’ll shoot me.”
Watch the comment below:
— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) September 3, 2020
And, with more context:
Joe Biden is Kenosha says that he can't lay out all his plans in more detail because if he goes on any longer "they'll shoot me." pic.twitter.com/N33k3wyuJl
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 3, 2020
Biden continued: “I can’t say if tomorrow God made me president, I can’t guarantee you everything gets solved in four years.”
“It would be a whole better,” he said, speaking of beating Trump in November. “We’d get a whole lot further down the road. There are certain things worth losing over and this is something worth losing over if you have to — but we’re not going to lose.”
Fox News adds:
Biden also visited the family of Blake, a 29-year-old Black man whose shooting by police last month set off another round of protests and in, some instances, riots and violence in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
President Trump visited Wisconsin earlier this week but didn’t meet with Blake’s family. Instead, he centered his message on supporting police and rebuilding damaged businesses.
Biden said he’s seeking common ground that Trump is incapable of reaching with “law and order” rhetoric and repeated refusals to acknowledge racism in America.
The comments caused quite the stir on social media.
“Who are they?” one user asked.
Another chimed in, “What’s this even mean?”
See below for some other responses:
WTH why did he say that
— patty sheffer (@ShefferPatty) September 3, 2020
The man is in no shape to go on with this. Jumping from one thought to another. Different stories pieced together.
— Wally G. 🍀 (@Zoomm01) September 3, 2020
What they heck? 😳👀
— KLincoln (@kellster1977) September 3, 2020
Here's the deal…I don't know the deal…
— Tjsteeler (@Tj58381042) September 3, 2020
What’s this even mean
— 🏝 (@kjducy) September 3, 2020
who are they?
— NotJohn (@NotJohn19164199) September 4, 2020
"they'll shoot me"?? Who's THEY?
— Melissa (@maw717) September 3, 2020