Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Wednesday, Sept. 2, called out Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for not condemning violent riots until the polls start hurting him.
In an interview on “The Ingraham Angle,” Huckabee discussed Biden’s remarks in Pittsburgh, where he spoke out against the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the death of Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot several times by a police officer during an arrest.
Biden did not address violence and unrest during his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. “He’s looking at the polls, that’s why he stuck his head out of the basement,” Huckabee told host Raymond Arroyo in an interview on “The Ingraham Angle.” “He recognized the fact that Americans don’t like people rioting and looting,” he said.
“AOC said they were just going after bread. I’ve never seen people running out of a Louis Vuitton store carrying a loaf of bread,” Huckabee said. He referenced Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who suggested that the crime surge in New York City is because struggling residents are forced to shoplift or “go hungry.” “People aren’t stupid, they get it.
That whole nonsense of tearing down cities and burning federal property is not a protest, that’s criminal activity,” Huckabee added.
Biden has blamed the unrest occurring in American cities on President Donald Trump, accusing the president of “rooting for chaos and violence.”
On Tuesday, the Biden campaign criticized President Trump’s visit to Kenosha to tour damage from the violent protests, calling it a “sad display.” “This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence—because for years he has fomented it … fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames rather than fighting the flames,” Biden said.
However, Biden announced Wednesday that he and his wife would visit Kenosha on Thursday to “bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face.” “I want a safe America. Safe from COVID. Safe from crime and looting, safe from racially-motivated violence, safe from bad cops. Let me be crystal clear. Safe from four more years of Donald Trump,” Biden said, reported Axios.
Biden’s planned visit to Kenosha however, fuels claims that the vice president is worried about the polls. “Why is Joe Biden able to visit Kenosha tomorrow but he wasn’t able to go to his convention two weeks ago?” said Charlie Kirk, the founder and President of Turning Point USA. “Did the “health risks” change or did the polls change?” he asked.
“Did the “health risks” change or did the polls change?” he asked.
Why is Joe Biden able to visit Kenosha tomorrow but he wasn’t able to go to his convention two weeks ago?
Did the “health risks” change or did the polls change?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 3, 2020
New polls show Biden topping the president among registered voters nationwide but a tightening race in some of the swing states that will determine the 2020 election outcome.
President Trump also saw his approval rating among Black voters jump by 60 percent during the Republican National Convention even as Democrats and progressives sought to portray him as racist.