Joe Biden on Wednesday launched what appeared to be one of his sharpest attacks to date, charging that President Trump is a racist.
Speaking during a roundtable discussion with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said Trump is engaged in the “spreading of racism, the way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they’re from, is absolutely sickening.”
Biden went on to stress that “no sitting president has ever done this. Never, never, never. No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president. We’ve had racists and they’ve existed and they’ve tried to get elected president. He’s the first one that has.”
The former vice president has targeted Trump over racism since the very first day of his campaign. In a video announcing his candidacy in April of last year, Biden spotlighted the president’s handling of the violence surrounding the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
“He said there were quote, some very fine people on both sides,” Biden said as he highlighted the president’s comments. “With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.” (Read more from “Biden Calls Trump First Elected Racist President” HERE)