When Joe Biden announced he was running for president, he framed his campaign as “a battle for the soul of this nation,” saying President Trump threatened its core values by condoning the racism of torch-carrying neo-Nazis who marched in 2017 through Charlottesville, Va.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has weighed in on the ongoing police brutality protests across the U.S. with a photograph on social media that shows the former vice president kneeling with a protester at a demonstration in Wilmington, Delaware.
The former vice president, who has captured the 1,991 delegates he needed to formally win the Democratic nomination, returned to the theme of racial discord Saturday as thousands protested the killing of George Floyd, an African American man who died last month after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes.
“We are a nation in pain right now, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
Biden has condemned the violence that has erupted in some protests across the country, but has continued to express his support of the common cause shared by those showing up en masse to peacefully condemn racial injustice.
“The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest,” Biden said in a statement Saturday night.
“It’s long past time for our nation to deal with systemic racism, including its contributions to growing economic inequality,” Biden wrote in a Los Angeles Times op-ed. “We must seize this moment of opportunity to address all the issues that have denied the promise of this nation to so many for so long. Let’s use this moment of urgency to finally find the path forward.”
Staffers of Biden’s campaign have posted on Twitter photocopies of contributions they have made to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a nonprofit organization which pays bail for citizens who can’t afford it, according to FOX News. Other high-profile celebrities, including Steve Carell and Seth Rogen, have also donated to the organization.
On Saturday, Chrissy Teigen announced on Twitter that she would donate $100,000 to various bailout funds for protesters across the country.
According to Forbes, the Minnesota Freedom Fund raised nearly $20 million in four days amid the protests condemning the death of George Floyd.