Biden Camp: 'Trump Openly Embracing White Supremacists' Causes'
Biden press secretary accuses president of signalling to racists
Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden's national press secretary has accused President Donald Trump of supporting white supremacists through his rhetoric on U.S. history.
The former vice president's press secretary T.J. Ducklom appeared on the Fox News's Rundown podcast Thursday, accusing Trump of embracing far-right viewpoints.
"If you look at the Trump campaign and what they’re doing, you know they’re only speaking to their base," Ducklo said.
"They are alienating voters with divisive rhetoric, you know, Donald Trump is openly embracing the causes of white supremacists."
"So look, I think that we are going to continue getting the vice president’s message out to voters, engaging with folks where they are, and doing the hard work to make sure that we can get our voters out and elect Joe Biden president in November," he added.
But Ducklo's accusations received pushback from the interviewer when he argued that Trump's comments on Confederate monuments and the Confederate flag were evidence of appeasing white supremacists.
"I think all you have to do is listen to the rhetoric from Donald Trump," Ducklo continued.
"You know, he is someone who is doubling down on appealing to what he feels like is his base and making comments and remarks that are, you know, embracing Confederate flags and Confederate monuments, and what he’s not doing is what he should be doing, which is getting this virus under control."
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This is not the first time the Biden camp accused Trump of appeasing white supremacists.
Last year, Biden himself compared Trump to the Klu Klux Klan in an interview CNN's Anderson Cooper, not long after the president gave a speech calling for unity, condemning white supremacy and racial hatred.
"We went through this before in the '20s with the Ku Klux Klan and 50,000 people walking down Pennsylvania Avenue in their hats and robes because they decided they didn't want Catholics coming into the country, Biden said at the time.
"We went through it after the Civil War in terms of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacy," Biden added.
The president has frequently condemned "white supremacy" and racism, declaring that "hatred has no place in America."
Earlier this month, House Democrats released a draft of a funding bill that included plans to remove statues of those who served the Confederacy or have "unambiguous records of racial intolerance."
The bill has set the stage for a battle between the Democrats and President Donald Trump after he vowed to protect America's "historical statues and monuments."