Joe Biden Belatedly Follows Trump’s Lead On Violent Riots, Other Issues

Joe Biden Belatedly Follows Trump’s Lead On Violent Riots, Other Issues

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign announced Wednesday that he would follow President Donald Trump to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Biden and his wife Jill will attend a small event there on Thursday, making the announcement a mere hours after he had condemned Trump for doing the same on Tuesday.

On Monday, Biden was forced to finally address the violence being wrought by left-wing activists across the country, in the name of protest movements he’s aligned himself with. When he did speak about the looting, arson, assaults, and murders that have been committed at the violent riots, he echoed the same language that Mike Pence used at his speech accepting the Republican nomination for vice president days earlier.

In his speech at Ft. McHenry August 26, Pence said:

President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest, but rioting and looting is not peaceful protest; tearing down statues is not free speech. And those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

On Monday, Biden said:

Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting.

Biden is not just following in the Trump campaign’s footsteps on how to address violent rioting, but also Trump’s pandemic response.

When Biden unveiled his coronavirus attack plan, observers noted that it was the same as what the Trump administration was already doing, save a draconian federal mask mandate.

Biden’s campaign had tried to argue he would be a different and better leader than Trump, not one who repeatedly follows his lead, however belatedly.

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist. She is Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College and a Fox News contributor. She is the co-author of Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. Follow her on Twitter at @mzhemingway
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