Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump in an opinion piece published Sunday in The Atlantic, arguing that the Republican leader “emboldened white supremacists” with his statements.
“A week after Boston, we saw the truth of this president: He won’t stop,” Biden wrote. “His contempt for the U.S. Constitution and willingness to divide this nation knows no bounds.”
The former vice president then criticized Trump for creating a “moral equivalency” between white nationalists and the protesters that opposed them on the streets of Charlottesville, Va.
“Today we have an American President who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate,” Biden continued. “We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.”
Biden claims to have the solution to the Trump problem: carrying on where “the president has not,” according to his piece.
“We have to do what our president has not. We have to uphold America’s values. We have to do what he will not. We have to defend our Constitution. We have to remember our kids are watching. We have to show the world America is still a beacon of light,” he concluded.
Trump’s statement on the violence in Charlottesville has evolved in the weeks since the tragedy that left 19 injured and 1 dead.
“We condemn in the strong possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” the president said from his golf club in Bedford, N.J. the day of the violence.
The president then updated his statement to condemn white supremacists the following Monday.
“And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America.”
Biden is largely considered to be on the Democratic short list for possible presidential contenders in 2020.
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