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Joe Biden, wearing mask, visits protest site in Delaware

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday visited a location where protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality and racial inequality, according to a photo Biden posted on Instagram, as protests and riots rage across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd last week.

Floyd on Monday died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department after authorities say an officer used his knee to pin Floyd, who is black, onto the ground by his neck for several minutes while Floyd begged for air. Floyd later died and the officer was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

“We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us,” Biden said in the caption on the photo. “We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us.”

BIDEN CONDEMNS RIOTS OVER GEORGE FLOYD DEATH, CALLS FOR END TO ‘NEEDLESS DESTRUCTION’

Biden added: “The only way to bear this pain is to turn all that anguish to purpose. And as president, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last night’s protests in Wilmington.”

Biden has expressed support for the protesters while also condemning the violence that has come with many of them. Buildings have been burned and looted. Objects have been hurled at police officers and people attempting to stop looting have been beaten down.

“Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd,” Biden said in a statement early Sunday morning.

“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response,” he said. “But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”

About two dozen American cities have instituted curfews Sunday as the country braces for another night of violence.

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President Trump, who has been aggressively courting black voters, especially in swing states, has also declared his support for African-Americans upset about police brutality and racial inequality while condemning riots and violence.

“The death of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis was a grave tragedy. It should never have happened. It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief,” Trump said on Saturday.

He also turned to blame Antifa, the label under which violent far-left rioters have operated for years, for the riots and on Sunday declared Antifa to be a “Terrorist Organization.”

“It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!” Trump said in a Saturday tweet.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

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Biden campaign staffers donate to group that bails out jailed Minneapolis protesters: report

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At least 13 members of Joe Biden’s campaign staff have made donations to a group that helps Minneapolis protesters get out of jail on bail, according to a report.

The staffers posted on Twitter that they contributed money to a group called the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which opposes the practice of making people who are arrested pay money to avoid pre-trial imprisonment, Reuters reported.

Biden himself opposes cash bail, comparing it to a “modern day debtors prison,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told Reuters.

BIDEN SAYS CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD WAS ‘BAITING’ HIM, WHICH PROMPTED ‘YOU AIN’T BLACK’ REMARK

But the campaign would not comment on whether the staffers’ donations were made in coordination with the former vice president’s campaign, the report said.

Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, the Minnesota Freedom Fund raised about $20 million over four days, Forbes reported.

Prior to Floyd’s death, the group had raised only about $75,000 to $80,000 so far in 2020, the report said.

Celebrities who’ve helped spread the word about the group include singer and actress Janelle Monae and actor Seth Rogan, both of whom have pledged to match donations, Forbes reported. But the group has since announced it is no longer soliciting donations and urges people to instead donate to Floyd’s family or African-American community organizations in the Twin Cities area.

Responding to Reuters about the Biden staffers, the Trump 2020 Campaign said it was “disturbing” that Biden’s staff “would financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building.”

In a statement Saturday, Biden called protests following the death of Floyd “an utterly American response,” saying such actions were “right and necessary” given the circumstances of Floyd’s death in police custody.

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But Biden spoke against the violence and looting that has accompanied the protests.

“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response,” he said. “But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this story.

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Biden condemns riots over George Floyd death, calls for end to ‘needless destruction’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned protests that turned violent across the nation late Saturday in response to the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd in police custody last Monday, calling for an end to “needless destruction” in communities.

Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said the protests and riots that have broke out across the nation over the past several days “have laid bare that we are a nation furious at injustice.”

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“Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd,” Biden said in a statement.

“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response,” he said. “But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”

He added: “The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest. It should not drive people away form the just cause that protest is meant to advance.”

Biden acknowledged that “we are a nation in pain,” but urged Americans to use that pain “to compel our nation across this turbulent threshold into the next phase of progress, inclusion and opportunity for our great democracy.”

“We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us,” he said. “We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us.”

He added: “We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us.”

ANOTHER NIGHT OF RIOTS ERUPT IN US AS PROTESTERS, POLICE CLASH

“Only by standing together will we rise stronger than before,” Biden continued. “More equal, more just, more hopeful — and that much closer to our more perfect union.”

Biden’s comments come amid protests and riots which broke out across the nation after Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody Monday.

An employee at a grocery store called police and accused Floyd of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. Floyd, who is black, was then arrested and handcuffed by Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, and pushed to the ground.

Chauvin and three other officers were fired Tuesday in connection with Floyd’s death, then Chauvin was arrested Friday on murder and manslaughter charges.

TRUMP VOWS TO STOB ‘MOB VIOLENCE’ AMID RIOTS OVER GEORGE FLOYD DEATH

A cell phone video shows Floyd’s head is turned to the side and he does not appear to be resisting. Chauvin had his knee pressed to the back of Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd is seen gasping for air and begging Chauvin to stop. He does not. Bystanders say they also heard shouting at Chauvin to take his knee off of Floyd’s neck.

Floyd, 46, died in police custody Monday night.

Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Minnesota.

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Trump applauds SpaceX launch as ‘inspiration for our country’

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President Trump on Saturday said the SpaceX launch was an “inspiration for our country,” just moments after its rocket sent astronauts into space from American soil for the first time since 2011.

SpaceX launched NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on their historic Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch is the first time a private company, rather than a national government, has sent astronauts into orbit.

Hurley and Behnken blasted off from Kennedy Space Center’s historic launch pad 39A, which was also used for the Apollo and space shuttle programs, at 3:22 p.m. ET Saturday.

SPACEX MAKES HISTORY, LAUNCHES NASA ASTRONAUTS INTO SPACE FROM US SOIL FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2011

The president watched the launch from the rooftop observation deck of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“I think this is an inspiration for our country. We’re going to do fantastically well,” Trump said Saturday, adding that the country has “suffered something terrible” from coronavirus.

“This should have never happened,” Trump continued. “One of the reasons I wanted to be here today, and I think any one of you would say, that was an inspiration to see right now.”

The president went on to say that it was “great” to have “the whole program back.”

“It’s just the beginning… many more things to come,” Trump said, pointing to the launch of the Space Force. “One of the things we’ve done is create the Space Force … We have a major branch of the military, joint chiefs of staff, full honors, it’s called the Space Force.”

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The president went on to tout the new military branch, noting: “I think space will be one of the most important things we’ve ever done.”

The president spoke to the astronauts prior to the launch, and told reporters that he said “God bless you.”

“They have a lot of courage,” Trump said. “Would you do that?”

Meanwhile, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also congratulated NASA, SpaceX and “all the hardworking women and men who made today a victory for American innovation and persistence.”

Biden claimed credit for the launch, saying the mission “represents the culmination of work begun years ago, and which President Obama and I fought hard to ensure would become a reality.”

“We planted the seeds of today’s success during the 2009 Recovery Act, which according to NASA, has saved taxpayers up to $30 billion and invigorated an aerospace industry in Florida that accounts for more than 130,000 jobs in the state,” the former vice president said.

He added: “As president, I look forward to advancing America’s commitment to pursuing space exploration and unlocking scientific discoveries that will inspire a new generation of dreamers to gaze up at the sky and imagine all that our future may hold.”

Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report. 

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Maher defends Biden after ‘you ain’t black’ gaffe: ‘Why would a black person vote for Donald Trump?’

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher offered a defense for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden following his recent “you ain’t black” remark amid the uproar sparked from the death of George Floyd.

Maher began by knocking the former vice president for making the comment about African-American voters during his interview with “The Breakfast Club” radio host Charlamagne tha God.

“I actually must tell you, I hate when people use that sort of phrase, ‘If you don’t agree with this opinion I have, you ain’t this’ thing. You ain’t a woman, you ain’t an American, you ain’t a patriot’ I’m not for that,” Maher told the panel. “But … Trump is all-in on the cops and the cops, let’s be honest, almost all of them are all-in on Trump. In that light, I kind of understand what Joe Biden is saying. Why would a black person vote for Donald Trump?”

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Panelist Soledad O’Brien pushed back, telling Maher that Biden “didn’t say that,” calling his remarks to Charlamagne tha God “awkward and lame.”

“I wish Biden hadn’t had said that because, like you say, I hate when people say those things. … But I don’t think there’s a huge number of black people who are supporting Donald Trump,” O’Brien said.

Later on, Maher sounded the alarm about the perception of Democrats being so much in favor of the lockdowns amid the coronavirus outbreak that voters will blame them for a poor economy going into the November election.

“I always thought the response was too heavy-handed — what’s it gonna look [like] when November comes around? Who’s gonna get blamed for this economy? I think it’s the people who were the ‘Let’s shut everything, let’s not even try anything Swedish-like,'” Maher said. “Because the economy is probably going to be a bigger issue in November.”

Political scientist Ian Bremmer responded by saying that the “narrative” of wanting to reopen the economy will favor Trump but expressed concern that the president will wage a new “cold war” with China over constantly blaming Beijing for the pandemic.

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However, Maher pressed the panel on the question.

“My question is, ‘Who’s going to get the blame? Are people going to say, ‘Yeah, my business has been shut down and that’s because the government shut it down’? I feel like that’s going to be a problem for the Democrats,” Maher said.

While Bremmer agreed that “it’s tough to be the party of No,” O’Brien was convinced that Trump will ultimately be blamed for the economy as the president who oversaw the response to the virus.

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Biden says Charlamagne tha God was ‘baiting’ him, which prompted ‘you ain’t black’ remark

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Joe Biden says “The Breakfast Club” host Charlamagne tha God was “baiting” him leading up to his controversial “you ain’t black” remark during their interview last week.

The presumptive Democratic nominee was pressed Friday by CNN anchor Don Lemon on what kind of “leader” he would be as president for black Americans in the wake of his May 22 comment and, this week, his sentimental response to the tragic death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

“The leader I’ve always been,” Biden told Lemon. “I apologized immediately for responding to Charlamagne, who was baiting me, and if you looked at that film, you can see that I was smiling at him. I was referring to him, I wasn’t referring to all African-Americans, but I should have never said it.”

BIDEN ON CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS TO CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD: ‘HE WAS BEING A WISE GUY, AND I RESPONDED IN KIND’

This is the second time the former vice president appeared to direct some blame on Charlamagne tha God.

On Tuesday, in a separate CNN interview, Biden acknowledged he made a “mistake” last week in making the comment, in which he told black voters who have yet to decide whether to support him or President Trump in the 2020 election they “ain’t black.” He walked back the comment later in the day, saying he should not have been so “cavalier” and acted like a “wise guy.”

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However, Biden also told CNN he wasn’t the only “wise guy” during “The Breakfast Club” interview.

“First of all, it was a mistake — No. 1. And I was smiling when he was asking the question. I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy to him. He was being a wise guy, and I responded in kind,” Biden told CNN’s Dana Bash. “I shouldn’t have done that. It was a mistake.”

The former vice president went on to insist that he has “never, never” taken the black vote for granted, saying he’s “worked like the devil for it and have to earn it every time.”

Biden faced swift backlash across the political landscape, from the Trump campaign to progressives who had previously backed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

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BET co-founder Robert L. Johnson said Biden should apologize to “every black person he meets.”

“Vice President Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not black unless they vote for him,” Johnson told Fox News last week.

“This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that black people owe him their vote without question; even though, we as black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every black person he meets.”

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Breaking down Biden’s Top 4 VP picks with Karl Rove and Leslie Marshall

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has promised to pick a female running mate by the beginning of August. His shortlist of possible names is currently being vetted by his campaign team.

Since the date for the Democratic National Convention has been moved to late August from its original date in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voters are likely to see whoever Biden picks up on stage with him for the event.

Fox News contributors Karl Rove and Leslie Marshall share their insights on four of Biden’s potential VP picks.

“It’s all going to come down to Joe — how does this help Joe, how does this hurt Joe, how does this compliment Joe and the chemistry,” says Marshall, a liberal commentator and Democratic strategist.

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Many political insiders believe Biden has to pick a woman of color to complement the ticket and to prove the Democratic party’s commitment to its message of diversity.

Marshall said, in her view, this could disqualify top contenders like Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

“You can’t stand there with a diverse nation, a diverse party and scream diversity and apologize for not having any minorities up on that stage. … I’m sorry you just can’t put Warren or Klobuchar up there and alienate that minority base that you have promised to speak for,” she said.

Marshall’s pick to join Biden would be Sen. Kamala Harris of California. Harris ran for the nomination herself in the primary but dropped out last December after failing to gain traction.

“She has a track record and I know some in the African-American community don’t like her when she was attorney general in my state. … but as a senator this is someone who can hit the ground running, she knows the game if you will,” she said.

Another contender, former Georgia state representative and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, has been publicly auditioning for the spot. Both Rove and Marshall were in agreement that this may not be the most strategic way of garnering support from team Biden.

“If he’s sort of impressed by the fact that Stacey Abrams says, ‘I’d be a great vice president,’ I’d worry about his judgment,” said Rove, a Republican political consultant who worked under George W. Bush. “I think she’s on the list out of courtesy because she was such a rock star after the 2018 election. They gave her the premier spot to respond to State of the Union address, but I think some of the luster has worn off.”

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Abrams endorsed Biden on May 12 and has appeared with him in virtual town halls and more, but Marshall said Abrams is the most visible contender when it comes to putting herself out there, something we haven’t really seen before in previous election cycles.

“It’s almost like there’s a campaign she has started in some sense. … I don’t see the beating the chest and slapping one on the back from all the other candidates than I’ve seen from Stacey Abrams,” said Marshall.

Yet Rove sees the strategy in picking someone like Warren or Klobuchar. Biden has adopted some of Warren’s policy proposals she ran on in the primary process, which could help bridge the moderate and progressive divide in the party. Klobuchar, Rove said, could also have that effect, in reverse.

“Amy Klobuchar has more of a middle-of-the-road approach. … She would appeal more to the Republicans who voted Democrat in the 2018 midterms to send Trump a message,” Rove said.

Rove, who was instrumental in vetting former President George W. Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney, said the process can never start too early, nor can any vetting be too thorough. He harkened back to 2008 when John McCain picked then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“[She] had the thinnest of vetting and it was really done at the last minute,” said Rove.

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For Biden, potential contenders have even asked for their names to be withdrawn from the process citing a whole host of reasons. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada asked to be taken off the shortlist so she can focus on her state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

All eyes will be on the crucial pick come this summer, and not for just this reason alone. Marshall thinks Biden will only serve one term if elected.

“If so, his selection for VP is really a selection for perhaps, the next potential president of the United States and Democrats want to check the box that we put the first president in the White House, not Republicans,” Marshall noted.

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Klobuchar defends prosecutor background amid African-American uneasiness with her as Biden’s VP

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With some African-American activists amplifying their efforts to persuade former Vice President Joe Biden not to name Sen. Amy Klobuchar as his running mate because they say she wouldn’t excite black voters, the Minnesota Democrat is defending her previous record as a former tough-on-crime prosecutor in the Minnesota county where this week a black man in handcuffs died after a white police officer put his knee to the man’s throat for several minutes.

Monday’s death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked violent protests and rioting in Minnesota and in other parts of the country — and thrust the killing and the broader issue of racial injustice at the hands of law enforcement back into the national spotlight. On Friday, the white officer who put his knee to Floyd’s throat was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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The officer – Derek Chauvin – was seen on a tape recorded by a bystander with his knee on Floyd’s throat as Floyd repeated said “I can’t breathe.”

Fourteen years ago, Chauvin was one of six officers involved in the fatal 2006 shooting of Wayne Reyes after the man aimed a shotgun at the officers. While the incident occurred near the very end of Klobuchar’s tenure as chief prosecutor in Hennepin County, the case didn’t make its way to the grand jury until Klobuchar was in the nation’s capital, serving in the Senate.

Pushing back against news reports that she let Chauvin off the hook, the senator said in a MSNBC interview on Friday that “this idea that I somehow declined a case which has been reported on some news blogs, and then set out on the Internet, against this officer is absolutely false.”

“It is a lie, I don’t know what else to say about it, and it is a lie. The case … was investigated. That investigation continued into a time where I was already sworn into the U.S. Senate. I never declined the case,” she stressed.

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Klobuchar – who didn’t resonate with black voters during her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination – was already being criticized by activists even before the Floyd incident as a choice that would not motivate black voters to support Biden in November’s general election. African-Americans are a key part of the Democratic Party’s base and were instrumental in Biden clinching the party’s presidential nomination.

The criticism centered on Klobuchar’s prosecutorial record – which was at times a sore spot during her primary run. The senator, in the Friday interview, defended her record of her handling of officer-involved shootings.

“We did not blow off these cases. We brought them to a grand jury, presented the evidence or potential criminal prosecution, and the grand jury would come back with a decision. That is how we handled the cases,” Klobuchar emphasized.

She added that “I have said repeatedly back when I was the county attorney, the cases that we had involving officer involving shootings, went to a grand jury. That was a true in every jurisdiction across our state. And that was true in many jurisdictions across the country.”

But the senator acknowledged that, in hindsight, “I think that was wrong now, I think it would have been much better if I took the responsibility, and looked at the cases and made the decision, myself.”

Klobuchar – who’s considered a leading contender as Biden’s running mate – was asked if she should take herself out of consideration to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee. The senator answered that “this is Joe Biden’s decision, and he was an excellent vice president. … He will make that decision. He’ll decide who he’s considering.”

Looking forward, Klobuchar stressed, “If George Floyd’s death has any legacy, because he will never be brought back, it should be systematic change to our criminal justice system in Minnesota and across the country. And as a member of the Judiciary Committee, I pledge to get that done.”

Fox News’ Allie Raffa contributed to this report.

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Biden speaks with Floyd family, slams Trump for ‘incendiary tweets’

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Calling the death of a black man in Minnesota after being pinned to the ground by police officers and the resulting violent protests in cities across the country a “national crisis,” former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday stressed that “we need real leadership right now.”

And the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee – reacting to tweets by President Trump calling the protesters “THUGS” and pledging to use force to suppress the rioting and “get the job done right” – said that “this is not time for incendiary tweets” and accused the president of encouraging violence.

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Biden’s on camera speech came a couple of hours after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz promised swift justice in Monday’s death of George Floyd. The 46-year old black died after a white Minneapolis police officer put his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes, as Floyd — who was handcuffed — repeatedly said “I can’t breathe.” He died a short time later at a nearby medical facility.

By Tuesday morning, the video of the incident recorded by a bystander had gone viral across the nation — sparking violent protests and rioting in Minnesota and in other parts of the country — and putting the killing and the broader issue of racial injustice at the hands of law enforcement back into the national spotlight. On Friday, the white officer who put his knee to Floyd’s throat was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Biden announced that he had spoken with Floyd’s family, saying “thanks for taking the time to talk to me. I promise you, I promise you, we’ll do everything in our power to see to it that justice is had.”

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The president tweeted late Thursday night that “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd and I won’t let that happen.”

Trump also vowed to “get the job done right” if the city and state couldn’t handle the protests, adding “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you.”

Biden – responding on Friday – emphasized that “this is not time for incendiary tweets. It’s no time to encourage violence. This is a national crisis. We need real leadership right now. Leadership that will bring everyone to the table so we can take measures to root out systemic racism.”

“With our complacency, our silence, we are complicit in perpetuating these cycles of violence,” Biden added, in what appeared to be an indirect swipe at the president. “If we simply allow this wound to scab over once more, without treating the underlying injury, we’ll never truly heal. The very soul of America’s at stake.”

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Biden – who’s made healing and unifying the nation and correcting long-standing racial injustices the centerpiece of his presidential campaign – stressed that the death of Floyd and other African Americans who died at the hands of the police in high-profile cases the past decade are “the latest additions to the endless list of stolen potential wiped out unnecessarily. It’s a list that dates back more than 400 years – black men – black women – black children. The original sin of our county still stains our nation today.”

He noted that “every day African Americans go about their lives with a constant anxiety wondering ‘who will be next.’ Imagine if every time your husband or son, wife or daughter, left the house, you feared for their safety from bad actors and bad police.”

And he spotlighted that “this is a norm black people in this country deal with. They don’t have to imagine it. The anger and frustration and exhaustion is undeniable.”

The former vice president stressed that now’s the “time for us to face that deep open wound we have in this nation. We need justice for George Floyd. We need real police reform that holds cops to a higher standard that so many of them actually meet. That holds bad cops accountable. That repairs the relationship between law enforcement and the community they’re sworn to protect.”

And he urged that “we need to stand up as a nation with the black community – with all minority communities – and come together as one America.”

Biden’s address on Friday came one week he apologized during a conference call with black business leaders for controversial comments he made hours earlier on the popular morning radio program “The Breakfast Club.” Biden had told host Charlamagne tha God that “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

Biden – who served for eight years as vice president under President Barack Obama — has long enjoyed strong support in the African-American community. And their votes were crucial to his capturing of the Democratic nomination.

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Professor who predicted Trump’s 2016 win explains why he thinks Trump will win again

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A political science professor who predicted President Trump’s win in 2016 is forecasting another victory.

In an interview on “The Ingraham Angle.” Stony Brook University’s Helmut Norpoth stated Friday that he believes the key to another victory for the president lies in the examination of primary races.

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“OK, the key to the November election is the primaries. And, the only primaries [are] already giving us a lot of information,” he explained.

“And, based on that, Donald Trump won them very easily in his party,” Norpoth continued. “Joe Biden — the likely nominee for the Democrats — had a great deal of trouble holding it together. But, on balance, it’s that stronger performance of primaries that gives Donald Trump the edge in November.”

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Norpoth’s “Primary Model” shows that President Trump has a 91 percent chance of being reelected and also shows he would get 362 electoral votes. The model is based on a statistical and historical theory that the professor outlines.

That said, according to Newsday, there are some factors the professor doesn’t take into account like the state of the world — a pandemic, an unprecedented economic crisis, a country in turmoil over systemic racial injustice — and which states Trump would have to win to clinch the 362 electoral votes.

The president would need to carry all of the states he won in 2016 plus New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Vermont, Virginia, Minnesota, Maine, and New Hampshire.

Norpoth conceded to Ingraham that the COVID-19 pandemic could have an impact the model doesn’t take into account but noted that he’s not seeing a “dent” in Trump’s approval rating.

“In fact, in the early goings he got a little uptick. And, unless his approval rating collapses, I don’t think that this would have much bearing on my forecast,” he remarked.

“He had some strong points that gave him that big win in the primaries and I think he has to take advantage of that and I think anything that distracts from that would not be good for him,” Norpoth advised.

Biden still remains in the lead over Trump in a head-to-head matchup, although he had fallen by three points over the last week, according to a survey by Reuters and Ipsos.

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The former vice president reportedly led Trump by six points among registered voters with 45 percent backing the challenger and 39 percent favoring the incumbent. He also carried a four-point lead among independent voters.

The Real Clear Politics head-to-head polling average still puts Biden ahead of Trump by 5.3 percentage points nationwide. Last week’s Fox News poll found that 48 percent of those surveyed favored Biden, compared with 40 percent who backed Trump.

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