Joe Biden Focuses On George Floyd Protests As Musicians Perform For His “Rock Out’ Fundraiser
at a virtual fundraiser on Thursday, but the presumptive Democratic nominee turned his focus to the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis.“We can’t ignore that we are in a country with an open wound right now,” Biden said, according to a pool report. “A wound far older and deeper than George Floyd’s—George Floyd’s killing—and his brutal, brutal death captured on film. His final words, pleading for breathe. ‘Let me breathe, I can’t breathe.’ It’s ripped open anew this—this ugly underbelly of our society.”
Biden said that the officers in Floyd case “must be held accountable,” including with the FBI investigation and independent Department of Justice civil rights investigation.Related StoryDonald Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media Platforms: "They've Had Unchecked Power"
“You know, if we’re not committed as a nation, with every ounce of purpose in our beings–not just to binding up this wound in hope that somehow the scab once again will cover things over–but to treat the underlying injury, we’re never going to eventually heal,” he told the 1,200 or so who were connected to the virtual event.
Whoopi Goldbergand Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) served as hosts of the fundraiser, which was billed as “Rock Out On a Night In With Vice President Joe Biden,” with donors from across the country connected to Biden at his home in Wilmington, DE.Goldberg, co-host of
The View,said of Biden, “He is not perfect. He and I share several really great things in our life. We share the ability to get ourselves in trouble. We don’t mean to, we just do. Sometimes you make a step and you’re in it. This happens. But what I do know is he is the best man to get us in a better place.”
Walsh playedHelp Me Through the Night, a song selection he said was motivated by the memory of his four-year old daughter who died in a car accident in 1974, while Crow sangA Change Will Do You Good. She said that her two boys were asking her questions “about what is happening Minneapolis and I’m saying, ‘Yes, we need a leader that speaks to this and demands justice.”
Wainwright sang, while Crosby sangWhat Are Their Names.This is going to be a really hard fight,” Crosby said. “I think it’s going to be the dirtiest fight since the Civil War and I’m really glad that you are willing to take up your sword and shield, Joe, and step into the fray.”
The evening finished with Buffett singingCome Monday,a song he said Biden had on his cell phone.Biden has a series of fundraising events lined up through next month, all of them virtual. They include oneheadlined by Barbra Streisand and John Legend,scheduled for June 11.
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