Joe Biden: Many Americans Are ‘Just Not Very Good People’
Former vice president says '10 to 15 percent of the people out there' are 'not very good'
Former Vice President Joe Biden has claimed that a large number of Americans are "just not very good people."
According to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, between 32.82M and 49.23 million Americans are "not very good."
Biden made the stunning claim during a Thursday night interview after saying that most Americans were good people who see improvement as a possibility for the nation.
The ex-VP then delivered his character analysis of up to nearly 50 million Americans by lamenting that “there are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people.”
Biden made the remarks during an online event carried by “The Shade Room” and moderated by actor Don Cheadle.
The White House hopeful also used the platform to take swipes at President Donald Trump.
Biden spoke about race and plans for a Biden administration to push for racial equity in office.
He accused Trump of dividing the country while pledging that, as president, he would unify and heal.
“The words a president says matter, so when a president stands up and divides people all the time, you’re going to get the worst of us to come out,” Biden said during the exchange.
“Do we really think this is as good as we can be as a nation?” he continued.
"I don’t think the vast majority of people think that.
"There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people, but that’s not who we are.
"The vast majority of the people are decent, and we have to appeal to that and we have to unite people — bring them together. Bring them together."
His thoughts echoed those of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 dismissal of “half of Trump’s supporters” as bigoted “deplorables.”
The comments subsequently became one of the most remembered quotes of her failed campaign.
Biden’s claim to be a peacemaker came just 24 hours after he said he “won’t traffic in fear and division” in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd.
“I won’t fan the flames of hate,” he claimed.