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Joe Biden Opens Up in Philadelphia Speech About Protests & Calls Out Donald Trump's Actions - Watch

Joe Biden Opens Up in Philadelphia Speech About Protests & Calls Out Donald Trump's Actions - Watch

Joe Biden addressed many things in his speech in Philadelphia on Tuesday (June 2).

The 77-year-old presumptive Democratic presidential nominee opened up his speech by saying the infamous words uttered by George Floyd as he was being murdered: ‘I can’t breathe’.

“It’s a wake up call to our nation, in my view, it’s for all of us, and I mean all of us. It’s not the first time we’ve heard those words. They’re the same words we heard from Eric Garner when his life was taken away six years ago,” he said. “But it’s time to listen to those words, to try to understand them, to respond to them, respond with action. Our country is crying out for leadership, leadership that can unite us, leadership that brings us together, leadership that can recognize pain and deep grief of communities that have had a knee on their neck for a long time.”

Joe continued, condemning Donald Trump‘s actions as he tear gassed peaceful protesters to get a photo in front of a church in Washington, D.C., with a Bible in hand.

“The president held up the Bible at St. John’s church yesterday. I just wish he opened it once in a while instead of brandishing it. If he opened it, he could have learned something. We’re all called to love one another as we love ourselves, it’s really hard work, but it’s the work of America,” he said. “Donald Trump isn’t interested in doing that work, instead he’s preening and sweeping away all the guard rails, the law that protected our democracy, guardrails that have helped make possible this nation’s path to more perfect union, a union that constantly requires reform and rededication.”

“…That’s why I’m running for president,” he added.

Joe went on, calling on Congress to act now and outlaw police choke holds, stop transferring “weapons of war” to police departments and increase oversight and accountability of police departments.

“It’s time to pass legislation that will give true meaning to our constitutional promise of legal protection under the law,” he said. “No more excuses, no delays.”

You can read Joe Biden‘s full speech now HERE and watch it below.

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