Donald Trump’s presidency has been disastrous for black Americans, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has argued in the first election debate.
Among other things, Biden referred to Trump’s refusal in 2017 to condemn far-right protesters in Charlottesville and called Trump a racist.
Biden recalled Trump’s performance after the Unite the Right demonstration in Charlottesville, which included members of the Ku Klux Klan. “I think there were outstanding people on both sides,” Trump said at the time.
Biden also criticized the police crackdown on peaceful protesters in front of the White House following the violent death of black detainee George Floyd.
Trump, on the other hand, stated that Biden is a racist and pointed to a criminal law that Biden voted for as a senator in 1994. As a result, that law resulted in a disproportionate number of black people being sentenced to prison terms.
“You called them super predators,” Trump told Biden. He also accused Biden of not supporting the police. “I support the police. You can’t even pronounce the word law enforcement,” said the president.
At the end of the quarter in which it was about racism, Biden accused Trump of not bringing people together but only adding fuel to the fire.
When asked, Trump refused to condemn far-right militias that recently committed violence in the cities of Portland and Kenosha. The president said anti-fascist groups are the problem.