Biden Compares Trump To KKK After President Condemns White Supremacy
The former vice president said Trump uses a 'dog whistle' to stir up racial hatred
Presidential candidate Joe Biden compared Presdient Donald 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.
The former vice president likened Trump's rhetoric to that of the KKK accusing of having "flat abandoned the theory that we are one people."
Trump gave an official statement Monday in response to the tragic mass-shootings, calling for mass-murderers to face the death penalty "quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay."
The president then condemned "white supremacy" and racism, declaring that "hatred has no place in America."
In the wake of back-to-back mass shootings on Saturday and Sunday that left at least 30 people dead, Trump is calling for reforms at the intersection of mental health and gun laws.
"The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online, consumed by racist hate," said the president.
"In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul."
Trump also called for greater unity and bipartisanship to tackle the problems with shootings:
"We cannot allow ourselves to feel powerless. We can and will stop this evil contagion," he said.
"In that task, we must honor the sacred memory of those we have lost, by acting as one people. Open wounds cannot heal if we are divided. We must seek real bipartisan solutions – we have to do that, in a bipartisan manner – that will truly make America safer and better for all."
But Biden looked like he missed Trump's start message.
The 2020 hopeful blasted the president as a divider who uses "dog whistles" to stir up racism and fear, comparing him to the "the Ku Klux Klan" and Andrew Jackson.
Cooper asked Biden what was behind Trump's "rhetoric" which he framed as "an effort basically to stoke white supremacists or nationalists to at least give them a dog whistle."
"They do have a dog whistle. They do have a dog whistle," said Biden.
"Look, this is a president who has said things no other president has said since Andrew Jackson. Nobody said anything like the things he's saying."
"And the idea that this doesn't contribute to or legitimate or make it more rational for people to think that we, in fact, can now speak out, we can speak out and be more straightforward and make this an issue."
"We've been through this before," Biden continued.
"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. We went through it after the Civil War in terms of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacy."
"This is about separating people and the good and bad in his mind. ... It is about access to power. It is a trait used by charlatans all over the world, divide people, divide them, and pit them against one another."
Copper offered Biden phrasing to help give his critique even more edge:
"If that is the case, I mean it is a very dangerous game then that he is playing," said Cooper.
"There is no question it's a dangerous game," said Biden.
"There is no question that his rhetoric has contributed to at a minimum, at a minimum of dumbing down the way in which we, as a society, talk about one another. Look, we've always brought the country together. ... 'We, the people. We hold these truths to be self-evident'.
"He flies in the face of all of the basic things that we've never really met the standard; we've never abandoned it before. He looks like he's just flat abandoned the theory that we are one people."