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Biden blasts Trump, promises to heal racial wounds in Philadelphia address

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Joe Biden on Tuesday blistered President Donald Trump a day after police drove back peaceful protesters near the White House so Trump could pose with a Bible before a damaged church. Biden said Trump's “narcissism has become more important than the nation that he leads.”

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The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee delivered a speech at Philadelphia's City Hall, addressing the civil unrest across America following the death of George Floyd. Biden said "the moment has come” to deal with systemic racism and deeply ingrained economic inequality — and insisted that the nation can't wait until November's election and its outcome.

“I call on the Congress to act this month," Biden said, urging lawmakers to start “with real police reform" and citing proposed legislation outlawing choke holds.

But Biden stepped up his criticism of Trump as he works to elevate his voice in the national debate — after more than two months of the campaign for the White House being frozen amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“This president today is part of the problem and accelerates it,” Biden said, adding that Trump is “consumed with his blinding ego."

Bidens criticism comes a day after Trump threatened the nations governors that he would deploy the military to states if they did not stamp out violent protests over police brutality that have roiled the nation.

Authorities under federal command later forced back peaceful demonstrators in Washington with tear gas so the president could walk to nearby church St. Johns Church and pose briefly with a Bible. The church had sustained damage during Sunday protests.

Biden noted that “peaceful protesters” were dispersed from the “doorstep of the peoples house, the White House” using tear gas and flash grenades to stage what he called a “photo op” publicity stunt.

“The president held up a Bible,” Biden added. “I just wished he opened it once in awhile instead of brandishing it.”

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