Former Vice President Joe Biden just threw the gauntlet down at Donald Trump, declaring on Saturday that there’s no place for the disgraceful brand of racism that Trump’s been legitimizing ever since he began his toxic run for the White House, reported theHill.
Biden gave his bold speech at a centennial fundraising dinner for the NAACP branch in Charleston, South Carolina. Mincing no words, Biden declared that Trump has taken up the cause of racists, “publicly [proclaiming] the moral equivalency of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and those who oppose their hate.”
YIKES. The former Vice President has officially called the current President of the United States a racist—that’s powerful. And that was just the beginning of Biden’s comments. He continued on:
“This is a moment for this nation to declare what this president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or vision: there is no place in America for hate groups,” Biden said. “The whole world saw the crazed, angry faces illuminated by torches.”
Here, Biden is, of course, referring to the recent neo-Nazi uprising in Charlottesville, Virginia, that horrified the entire world. And then Biden linked the hate of these racist demonstrators with the bigotry that inspired Donald Trump’s outrageous decision to pardon Joe Arpaio.
“We saw the truth of this president when he pardoned Joe Arpaio of Arizona,” Biden continued. “It’s moments like these that each of us has to stand up and declare with conviction and moral clarity that the Klan, white supremacists, neo-Nazis will never be allowed to march in the main street of American life.”
“We will not watch this behavior and go numb when it happens,” Biden concluded. “We will not allow what’s happening along this landscape of America to be normalized, because we all know it represents the minority.”
Bravo, Mr. Biden, bravo indeed. These are some of the most impressive and inspiring comments the American people have heard in months, and Biden’s got the undivided attention of millions of Americans who will take his wisdom to heart.
These are dark days for our nation. But Biden’s right—we can’t back down, now more than ever, lest we cede America to Trump and his racist, alt-right base.
Biden’s comments are sure to send Trump into a rage. But they’re words the American people absolutely need to hear.
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