Joe Biden condemns violence in ad

Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will visit Kenosha on Thursday as tensions simmer in the city following the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer and the deaths of two people protesting his shooting by an armed teenager from Illinois.

“Vice President Biden will hold a community meeting in Kenosha to bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face,” his campaign said in a release.

In a new nationwide ad, Biden condemned the violence that has flared in some of the nation’s cities. The ad combines clips from his Monday speech in Pittsburgh, PA with images of unrest, including a scene from Kenosha.

“I want to make it absolutely clear,” Biden says. “Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. And those who do it should be prosecuted.”

Biden accuses Trump of being “determined to instill fear in America because Donald Trump adds fuel to every fire.” He ends the ad by quoting from Pope John Paul II, “Be not afraid.”

The ad is airing in nine states, including Wisconsin.

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