On a recent Monday morning, Joe Biden met with community leaders at an Episcopal church in Delaware. For nearly an hour, he respectfully listened — just listened — to their anguish and concern about racism and inequality in America. He followed with a speech on Tuesday offering solutions, sound proposals and words of healing for a nation divided.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, ordered national police to forcibly break up a peaceful demonstration in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators scrambled to escape tear gas and flash bombs. Clergy at nearby St. John’s Church, distributing water and medical attention to demonstrators, were driven off the church grounds by shield-bearing police. Why? So Trump could walk there and use a Bible as a prop for a photo-op. Please let that sink in. He put people in harm’s way by inciting a mass exodus and had others removed from their own house of worship, just so he could have his photo taken. He followed with incendiary tweets, name calling and racist dog-whistles.
One of these demonstrates presidential leadership and courage; the other — narcissism and cowardice. I sincerely pray that, in the coming months, Americans can discern the difference.