Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden made it official on Saturday that he will not use the national guard as a “prop” in an apparent swipe at President Trump’s calls to utilize the National Guard to quell violent protests.
Biden made the announcement at the National Guard Association of the United States’ 142nd General Conference, telling the audience that he will never politicize the military.
“I promise you as president, I’ll never put you in the middle of politics or personal vendettas,” Biden said. “I’ll never use the military as a prop or as a private militia to violate the rights of fellow citizens. That’s not law and order. You don’t deserve that.”
“Our troops and our families will never, never have to wonder what side I’m on,” Biden said, after attacking President Trump’s record on directing the National Guard.
Biden slammed Trump for advocating for the use of national guard troops to end the violence in cities like Minneapolis and Kenosha, Wisconsin, telling viewers that they “deserve better.”
Donald Trump announced on Friday that the National Guard troops deployed to Kenosha earlier this week had quelled the violent riots that caused untold destruction of the town’s businesses and resulted in two fatalities.
President Trump assisted leaders in Kenosha in deploying almost 1,000 National Guard troops and 200 federal law enforcement personnel on Wednesday, and as of Friday morning, the protests — though ongoing — remained largely peaceful.
Joe Biden, on the other hand, wants everyone to know that when violent rioters tear through any US town, large or small, he’ll leave citizens of those areas on their own because sending in the National Guard to protect residents and restore peace is too political of a statement.