Joe Biden said he would consider going to Wisconsin to help quell protests that have been ongoing since the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday in Kenosha.
The Democrat nominee for president told MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Thursday that he would think about making the trip, but only if it could be done safely.
He said he doesn’t “want to become part of the problem” by spreading the coronavirus.
But, he noted, if he were president, “I’d be going.”
If he went to Kenosha, he said he would be working to “pull together the Black community, as well as the white community, and sit down and talk and talk about how we get through this.”
He said the situation is “not about” all white people agreeing with white supremacy and all Black people agreeing with looting.
“I don’t think that’s what Kenosha’s about. I don't think that's what Black and white America is about,” he said. “But that’s what’s being seen now, and it has to stop.”
Since police shot Blake in the back at least seven times on Sunday night, protests have erupted. Biden said he spoke to Blake’s mother, who condemns the ongoing violence.
The unrest worsened when two protesters were killed by a 17-year-old white teenager from Illinois. He is being charged with intentional homicide, according to law enforcement.
Biden said he was "very concerned" about white militia, which the teenager appeared to be involved with.
"This is not who we are," he said. "This is not who America is. You want to bring about some order and safety and security for people, we have to start dealing with the real problems underlying all these issues."
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