Biden Blasts Trump for Not ‘Opening Bible’ During Photo
Former Vice president says 'I just wish he'd open it'
"I just wish he'd open it every once in a while," the former vice president said.
"He could learn something.
"I wish I could say that hate began with Donald Trump and will end with him," Biden said of racial tensions and unrest.
"It didn't, and it won't. American history isn't a fairy tale with a guaranteed happy ending."
Biden blasted Trump for tweeting, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts," a phrase uttered by the Miami chief of police in 1967.
"The battle for the soul of this nation has been a constant push and pull more than 240 years," Biden said.
"It's always a fight, and the battle is never fully won."
"I will seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued this country — not use them for political gain."
Biden's comments came after the president stood in front of the 200-year-old building and held up a Bible, telling members of the press, “We have a great country, the greatest country in the world.”
After Secret Service cleared the area, Trump walked out to the church Monday afternoon, where he held the Bible in the air.
I almost can’t believe what I’m seeing. POTUS just walked out the front door of the White House and into Lafayette Square - the epicenter of the DC protests - to visit historic St. John’s Church, which was set on fire last night. pic.twitter.com/XueoF2RC6z— Kristin Fisher (@KristinFisher) June 1, 2020
Trump held up a Bible, telling members of the press, “We have a great country, the greatest country in the world.”
“I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters," Trump declared.