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Remarks: Joe Biden Addresses the Nationwide Protests on College Campuses - May 2, 2024

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Joe Biden

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Good morning. 1

Question

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Good morning. 2

Joe Biden

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Before I head to North Carolina, I wanted to speak a few moments about what's going on on our college campuses here. 3

Joe Biden

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We've all seen the images. And they put to the test two fundamental American principles. 4

Joe Biden

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Excuse me. [Coughs] 5

Joe Biden

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The first is the right to free speech and for people to peacefully assemble and make their voices heard. The second is the rule of law. Both must be upheld. 6

Joe Biden

Very Positive
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We are not an authoritarian nation where we silence people or squash dissent. The American people are heard. In fact, peaceful protest is in the best tradition of how Americans respond to consequential issues. 7

Joe Biden

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But -- but neither are we a lawless country. We are a civil society, and order must prevail. 8

Joe Biden

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Throughout our history, we've often faced moments like this because we are a big, diverse, free-thinking, and freedom-loving nation. 9

Joe Biden

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In moments like this, there are always those who rush in to score political points. But this isn't a moment for politics. It's a moment for clarity. 10

Joe Biden

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So, let me be clear. Peaceful protest in America -- violent protest is not protected; peaceful protest is. It's against the law when violence occurs. 11

Joe Biden

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Destroying property is not a peaceful protest. It's against the law. 12

Joe Biden

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Vandalism, trespassing, breaking windows, shutting down campuses, forcing the cancellation of classes and graduations -- none of this is a peaceful protest. 13

Joe Biden

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Threatening people, intimidating people, instilling fear in people is not peaceful protest. It's against the law. 14

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
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Dissent is essential to democracy. But dissent must never lead to disorder or to denying the rights of others so students can finish the semester and their college education. 15

Joe Biden

Very Negative
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Look, it's basically a matter of fairness. It's a matter of what's right. There's the right to protest but not the right to cause chaos. 16

Joe Biden

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People have the right to get an education, the right to get a degree, the right to walk across the campus safely without fear of being attacked. 17

Joe Biden

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But let's be clear about this as well. There should be no place on any campus, no place in America for antisemitism or threats of violence against Jewish students. There is no place for hate speech or violence of any kind, whether it's antisemitism, Islamophobia, or discrimination against Arab Americans or Palestinian Americans. 18

Joe Biden

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It's simply wrong. There is no place for racism in America. It's all wrong. It's un-American. 19

Joe Biden

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I understand people have strong feelings and deep convictions. In America, we respect the right and protect the right for them to express that. But it doesn't mean anything goes. It needs to be done without violence, without destruction, without hate, and within the law. 20

Joe Biden

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You know, make no mistake: As President, I will always defend free speech. And I will always be just as strong in standing up for the rule of law. 21

Joe Biden

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That's my responsibility to you, the American people, and my obligation to the Constitution. 22

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
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Thank you very much. 23

Question

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Mr. President, have the protests forced you to reconsider any of the policies with regard to the region? 24

Joe Biden

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No. 25

Joe Biden

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Thank you. 26

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Mr. President, do you think the National Guard should intervene? 27

Joe Biden

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No. 28