August 31, 2020 - Biden Questions Trump Strength in Response to Rittenhouse Murder

Biden issues a statement in response to the murder of two racial justice protestors at the hands of 17 year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, calling out Trump for failing to “rebuke violence.” He writes: “Tonight, the President declined to rebuke violence. He wouldn’t even repudiate one of his supporters who is charged with murder because of his attacks on …He is too weak, too scared of the hatred he has stirred to put an end to it.” In calling Trump weak and scared, Biden leverages Trump’s own emasculation strategies. However, he challenges the characterization of what is “strong,” tying strength of leadership and character – and even masculinity – to non-violence.