Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for the first time on Monday explicitly condemned Antifa, the far-left, anarcho-communist network linked to violence at a number of protests and riots.
“The president still hasn’t condemned the far right folks coming out and protesting and using violence,” Biden added.
Biden was then asked directly whether he condemns Antifa.
“Yes, I do. Absolutely. Violence no matter who it is,” the 77-year-old former vice president said.
It is the first time Biden has condemned Antifa.
Trump denounced the violence and asked the governor of Wisconsin to deploy the National Guard and accept federal assistance to catch and deter the rioters. Biden suggested that Americans should “unite and heal, do justice, end the violence, and end systemic racism in this country now,” but omitted any mention of a law enforcement response.
Trump has singled out Antifa multiple times, as have top members of his administration.
Trump, speaking to reporters in Washington on Aug. 31, noted that Biden in a speech didn’t mention Antifa.
“He didn’t mention the far left, or, from what I saw, I don’t believe he mentioned the word ‘Antifa,’” Trump said.
“Antifa is a criminal organization, and he didn’t mention Antifa thugs, but mostly seemed to blame the police and law enforcement.”