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That's why I'm speaking to you today. Incumbent president is incapable of telling us the truth and capable of facing the facts and incapable of healing. He doesn't want to shed light. He wants to generate heat. And he's stoking violence in our cities. You know, this is a tragic fact of the matter that about his perilous hour and how he's dealing with this trail, our and our nation. And now we have to stand against violence in every form. It takes violence.
We've seen again and again and again of unwarranted police shooting, excessive force, seven bullets to the back of Jacob Lake near the neck of George Floyd, killing Brianna Taylor in her own apartment, violence of extremists and opportunist right wing militias, white supremacist vigilantes, you know, who infiltrate protests carrying weapons of war, hoping to wreak havoc and to derail any hope and support for progress, the senseless violence of looting and burning and destruction of property. I want to make it absolutely clear, something very clear about all of this.
Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protest. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It's lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted. Violence will not bring change and only bring destruction. It's wrong in every way it divides instead of unites, destroys businesses, only hurts the working families that serve the community. It makes things worse across the board, not better. No, it's not what Dr. King or John Lewis taught.
And it must end. Fires are burning. We have a president who fanned the flames rather than fighting the flames. But we must not burn. We have to build. This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can't stop the violence because for years he's fomented it. You know, 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 how weak he is.
Does anyone believe that way? Less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected. We need justice in America. We need safety in America. We're facing multiple crises, crises and under Donald Trump have kept multiplying covid economic devastation, unwarranted police violence, emboldened white nationalists, a reckoning on race, declining faith and the birth of the right American future. There's no reason why we can't just do so much more than we're doing the common thread. The incumbent president, who makes things worse, not better.
An incumbent president who sows chaos rather than providing order. An incumbent president who fails in the basic duty of the job, which is to advance the truth that all of us know that we're all born with the right to life, liberty in pursuit of happiness. That's right. All of us, the moms and dads in Scranton where I grew up, have worked and scraped for everything they've ever gotten in life. The auto worker in Michigan who still makes the best automobile in the world, the single mom in Ohio working three jobs just to stay afloat.
He'll do anything for her child, retired veteran in Florida, who gave everything he had to this country and now just wants us to honor the promises made to him. Lord and Taylor salesperson who just lost her job, a store closing after a hundred and ninety four years in business, nurses and doctors in Wisconsin. We've seen so much sickness, so much death in the past six months. They wonder how much more, how much more can they take?
But still, they muster up the courage to take care of those patients in this pandemic while risking their own lives. Researchers in Minnesota woke up this morning determined to find a breakthrough in treating cancer and will do the same thing tomorrow and the day after, the day after because she'll never give up. White, black, Latino, Asian American, Native Americans, everybody, I'm in this campaign for you, no matter your color, no matter your zip code, no matter your politics, when I think of the presidency, I don't think about myself.
It isn't about my brand. It's about you, the American people. We can do better and we have to do better. I promise you this. We will do better. You know, the road back begins now, this campaign, you know me, you know my heart, you know my story, my family's story, ask yourself, do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for writers? Really? I want a safe America, safe from covid, safe from crime, including safe from racially motivated violence, safe from bad cops.
Let me be crystal clear, safe from four more years of Donald Trump, I look at this violence and I see lives in communities and the dreams of small businesses being destroyed and the opportunity for real progress and issues of race and police reform and justice being put to the test. Donald Trump looks at this violence and he sees a political lifeline, having failed to protect this nation from the virus that has killed more than one hundred and eighty thousand Americans so far.
Trump post on all caps, tweet screaming law and order to save his campaign. One of his closest political advisers in the White House didn't even bother to speak in code, just comes out and she says it, quote, The more chaos, violence, the better it is Trump's reelection. Just think about that. This is a sitting president of the United States of America. He's supposed to be protecting this country, but instead he's rooting for chaos and violence.
The simple truth is Donald Trump failed to protect America. So now he's trying to scare America, says Donald Trump and Mike Pence can't run on the record that has seen more American deaths to a virus, this virus, than the nation suffered in every war since Korea combined. Since they can't run on their economy. That has seen more people lose their jobs than any time since the Great Depression, since they can't run on the simple proposition of sending our children safely back to school so they have no agenda.
Our vision for a second term, Trump and Pence are running on this. And I find it fascinating, quote, You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And what's their proof, the violence we're seeing in Donald Trump's America? These are not images of some imagined Joe Biden America in the future. These are images of Donald Trump's America today. He keeps telling you if only he was president, it wouldn't happen if he was president. He keeps telling us that he was president, you'd feel safe.
Well, he is president whether he knows it or not. And it is happening. It's getting worse. And you know why? Because Donald Trump adds fuel to every fire. Because he refuses to even acknowledge. That there's a racial justice problem in America because he won't stand up to any form of violence. He's got no problem with right wing militia, white supremacists and vigilantes with assault weapons often better armed, and the police often in the middle of the violence at the protesters and aiming at their and because tens of millions of Americans simply don't trust this president to respect their rights, to hear their concerns or to protect them doesn't have to be this way.
And President Obama and I were in the White House. We had to defend federal property. We did it. We didn't see it, you didn't see us whipping up fears around the deployment of secret federal troops. We just did our job and the federal property is protected and President Obama and I were in office, we didn't look at cities as Democratic or Republican run. These are American cities. Trump doesn't see himself as president for all of America. Frankly, I believe if I were president today, the country would be safer and we've seen a lot less violence.
And here's why I have said we must address the issue of racial injustice. I personally spoken to George Floyds family, the Jacob Blake's family. I know the pain. So do you. I know the justice they seek and so do you. They've told us none of this violence respects or honors George or Jacob. I believe we can bring these these these folks fighting for racial justice to the table. I've worked with police in this country for many years.
I know most cops are good, decent people. I know how they risk their lives every time they put that shield on, go out the door. I'm confident I can bring the police to the table as well. I make sure every mayor and governor had the support they needed from the federal government, but I wouldn't be looking to use the United States military against our own people if I were president, my language would be less divisive. I'd be looking to lower the temperature in this country, not raise it.
I'd be looking to unite the nation. Look, Donald Trump wants to ask the question, who will keep you safer as president? Let's answer that question first. Some simple facts. When I was vice president. Violent crime fell 15 percent in this country. We did it without chaos and disorder. And, yes, we did it with Democratic mayors and most of the major cities in this country. The murder right now is up twenty six percent across the nation this year under Donald Trump really feel safer under Donald Trump.
covid has taken this year, just since the outbreak has taken more than 100 years. Look, here's the lives. It's just when you think about it, more lives this year than any other year. For the past 100 years, more than one hundred eighty thousand lives in just six months, an average of a thousand people dying every day in the month of August to really feel safer under Donald Trump. Mr. Trump, want to talk about fear? You know, people are afraid of in America, afraid they're going to get covid, they're afraid they're going to get sick and die.
And that is in no small part because of you, we're now on track to more than two hundred thousand deaths in this country due to cover more than one hundred thousand seniors have lost their lives with the virus. More cops have died from covid this year than have been killed on patrol. Nearly one in six small businesses closed in this country today. Do you really feel safer under Trump? What about Trump's plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act? And with it, the protections for pre-existing conditions, it impacts more than a hundred million Americans.
Does that make you feel safer? Or how about Trump's plan to defund Social Security? The Social Security Administration chief actuary just released a report saying that if a plan like the one Trump is proposing goes into effect, the Social Security trust fund would be, and I quote, permanently depleted by the middle of calendar year 2023 with no ability to pay benefits thereafter. Put it plainly, Trump's plan would wipe out Social Security, period. You feel safer and more secure now.
The fear that reigns under this president doesn't stop at our shores. The Kremlin has put bounties on the heads of American soldiers, and instead of telling Vladimir Putin that there'll be no putting up with this, that there'll be a heavy price to pay, they dare touch an American soldier, this president, and even bring up the subject in his multiple phone calls with two. And reported Russian forces just attacked American troops in Syria, injuring our service members. Did you hear the president say a single word, didn't lift one finger?
Never before has an American president played such a subservient role to a Russian leader. It's not only dangerous, it's humiliating and embarrassing for the rest of the world to see weakens us. Not even American troops can feel safer under Trump. Donald Trump's role as a bystander in his own presidency extends to the economic plan and pay the plan he doesn't have and the pain being felt by millions of Americans. He said this week, and I quote, You better vote for me or you're going to have the greatest depression you've ever seen.
Does he not understand and see the tens of millions of people who've had to file for unemployment this year so far? The people won't be able to make next month's rent payment. The people who lost wages are the cost of groceries have gone up dramatically. President Obama and I stopped a depression in 2009, we took a bad economy that was falling and turned it around. Trump took a good economy and drove it back into the ditch. Through his failure to get covered under control, his failure to pull together leaders in Congress is failure to deliver real relief to working people has made our country's economic situation so much worse, so much worse than it had to be.
We talk about safety and security, we should talk about basic security, of being able to look your child in the eye and tell them everything's going to be OK. Don't worry, honey. We're not going to lose our home. We're going to be able to put food on the table. It's going to be OK. It's the job of president. I've laid out an agenda for economic recovery that will restore a sense of security for working families. We won't just build things back the way they were before.
We're going to build them back better with good paying jobs, building our nation's roads, bridges, solar arrays, windmills with investments and our health care and child care workers. So they get the pay and dignity they deserve while easing the financial burdens on millions of families. With a clean energy strategy, there's a place for the energy workers right here in western Pennsylvania. I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again. I am not banning fracking, no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.
Future, the future. That's what this is all about. You know, we hear Donald Trump's self-centered rants and riffs, but the voice of Americans should be heard. One you should listen to is Julia Jackson, the mother, Jacob Blake, heard the voice of courage, character and wisdom looking at the damage that has been done in her city. She said, quote, The violence and destruction doesn't reflect my son or my family. These are the words of a mom, a mother whose son had just been shot seven times in front of his children, badly injured, paralyzed, perhaps permanently.
He, as she seeks justice for her son, she's pleading for an end to the violence. And for this nation to heal. She said she was praying for her son. She says something to me that that surprised me since she was praying for all police officers. She was already been praying for America even before her son was shot. She's public to ask all of us to examine our hearts, citizens, elected officials, the police, all of us, and then she said this, quote, We need healing.
More than anything. That's what we need to do as a nation, we need to heal. Current president wants you to live in fear. Advertises himself as a figure of order. He isn't and he's not been part of the solution thus far. He's part of the problem. The problem I as president will give you my all resolve to stop. I'll deal with the virus, I'll deal with the economic crisis, and I work to bring equality and opportunity to everyone.
We've arrived at a moment in this campaign, we all know, including the press in front of me knew we'd get to. The moment when Donald Trump would be so desperate he'd do anything to hold on to power. Donald Trump has been a toxic presence in our nation for four years. Poisoning how we talk to one poisoning, how we treat one another, poisoning the values, this nation is always held dear. Poisoning our very democracy. Now, just a little over 60 days, we have a decision to make, will we rid ourselves of this toxin?
Or will we make a permanent part, we make it a permanent part of our nation's character? You know, as Americans, I'm confident. We believe in honesty and decency, treating everyone with dignity and respect, giving everyone a fair shot, leaving no behind, giving hate, no safe harbor and demonizing no one. We have to now always recognize there's something bigger than ourselves we're about. Trump doesn't seem to believe in any of that. Look, I've said it before, and I'll keep saying America is an idea.
It's the most powerful idea in the history of the world. I believe it beats in the hearts of the people of this country. All men and women are created equal. And they deserve to be treated equally. Trump has sought to remake this nation in his image, selfish, angry, dark and divisive. This is not who we are at our best. America has always been. And if I have anything to do with it, will be again, generous, confident and optimistic nation full of hope and resolve.
Donald Trump is determined to instill fear in America. That's what his entire campaign for the president has come down to fear. But I believe Americans are stronger than that, I believe we'll be guided by the words of Pope John Paul, the second words drawn from the scriptures be not afraid. Be not afraid. Fear never builds the future, but hope does. And building the future, what America does, what we've always done, in fact, is what we have done best and continue to do best.
This is the United States of America. There's not a single thing beyond our capacity when we decide to do it together. So let's get together. I want to thank you all, may God bless you and may God protect our troops.