Joe Biden will give a speech Monday in Pittsburgh that will attempt to draw a contrast between himself and President Trump on the issue of law and order, arguing that there would be more violence in America if Trump is re-elected.
What he'll say: "This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it," Biden is expected to say, according to prepared remarks.
- "He may believe mouthing the words 'law and order' makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is."
- "Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected?"
Why it matters: Biden wants to turn Trump's accusation that the country can't feel safe with Biden in charge back on the president.
- Trump continues to claim that cities run by Democrats are less safe. His re-election campaign has put out ads that say, “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” and falsely claim that Biden supports defunding the police.
Between the lines: Biden is not in an ideal position. He's been forced out onto the physical campaign trail because Trump and his Republican allies continue to dominate the narrative on safety and policing under a Democratic administration, with Biden so far leaving the accusations largely untouched.
- Biden will argue that the nation's current crises "keep multiplying" under Trump.
- He'll add that Trump is a "president who sows chaos rather than providing order," picking up on Biden's increased focus on civil unrest in recent days.