Former Vice President Joe Biden bashed President Donald Trump’s base while admitting that he “probably” can’t reach them at a fundraising event Wednesday.
The presumptive presidential nominee was speaking at the event hosted by Joe and Sara Kiani, founders of the Masimo Corporation, according to The Hill. Biden laughed when asked if he planned to garner support from those currently in Trump’s camp.
“His base? Probably not,” Biden said according to a pool report from Wednesday’s event.
The Democrat then continued on to label Trump’s base as racists, accusing them of wanting to divide “this nation based on ethnicity, race.” He followed that by describing his base as “white working-class, high school-educated people.”
“There are people who support the president [Trump] because they like the fact that he is engaged in the politics of division,” Biden said. “They really support the notion that, you know, all Mexicans are rapists and all Muslims are bad and … dividing this nation based on ethnicity, race.”
“This is the one of the few presidents who succeeded by deliberately trying to divide the country, not unite the country.” (RELATED: Trump Grabbing Record Number Of Voters In Republican Primaries)
Biden also said that Trump “has no sense of empathy.” This, Biden alleged, is why Democrats “will be able to win” back those who agreed with Trump that the party had failed “the forgotten man” during the 2016 election.
“The people who voted Republican last time … who don’t want to vote for Trump, whether they want to vote for me or not is a different story, but they don’t want to vote for Trump, they’re looking for an alternative and I think, I hope to God, I can provide that alternative … I really mean it. I think there’s a chance,” Biden said according to The Hill.