Biden hits the trail—and Trump

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As the general election campaign begins, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hit the trail, slamming President Donald Trump for allegedly instigating violence in several U.S. cities. The Democratic nominee said the Republican failed to stem the coronavirus pandemic, inflamed racial tensions and crashed the economy. Biden's speech, from a former Pittsburgh steel mill, comes after a week in which two protesters against police violence were killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and a member of a far-right group was killed in Portland, Oregon. Biden also condemned rioting and looting that followed some protests in Kenosha after police there shot an unarmed Black man seven times in the back. Trump "long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country," Biden said. "He can't stop the violence—because for years he has fomented it." Trump is planning a trip to Kenosha this week. —David E. Rovella

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