Joe Biden comes out against riots, prior passive position hurt his polling numbers

FILE – In this July 18, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, talks to community faith leaders during a visit to Dulan’s soul food on Crenshaw in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file photo)

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President Trump has closed the gap in many battleground state polls. Some have suggested the increase in riots and unrest has been a “blind spot” for Democrats this election season.

According to a recent poll, swing state voters supported Biden and the president 49% to 48%, respectively. These results were well within the poll’s margin of error and are substantially closer than the 2016 swing state polls, which saw Hillary Clinton hold a 17-point lead in the summer leading up to that year’s election.

With these statistics in mind, many on the left have urged Joe Biden to openly condemn the riots.

CNN anchor Don Lemon recently voiced his concern over the rioting in cities across America. He believes the riots are the only major weakness for Biden and has urged the former vice president to publicly condemn the violence.

FILE – A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis during protests over the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

One day after Lemon’s comments, Biden openly condemned the rioting and looting across America.

“Protesting police brutality is a right and absolutely necessity, but burning down communities is not protest, it’s needless violence,” he said. “Violence that endangers lives, violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community, that’s wrong.”

However, many believe this statement may have come too late.

President Trump commented on Biden’s latest move in his nomination acceptance speech the following night.

“During their convention, Joe Biden and his supporters remained completely silent about the criminal-creating mayhem in Democrat run cities. They never even mentioned it during their entire convention, never once mentioned. Now they’re starting to mention it, because their poll numbers are going down like a rock in water. It’s too late, Joe.”

– Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump stand on stage with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence on the third day of the Republican National Convention at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Other polls have reflected a 13-point decrease in the approval rating for “Black Lives Matter.” Many believe there are similarities between the unrest experienced in the United States now and the unrest seen in 1968.

Widespread protesting and rioting ultimately resulted in a “silent majority” of Americans electing President Nixon, who branded himself as the law and order candidate.

Similarly, a recent post from the Cato Institute stated 62% of Americans are scared of openly voicing their political beliefs. Some have suggested this indicates the presence of that silent majority in 2020.

With all things considered, polls across the board have revealed voters believe President Trump is the law and order candidate, something the Biden campaign may be too late in trying to disprove.

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