Joe Biden Says America Under Trump Is 'About Hate, Hate, Hate’
2020 hopeful continues hsi anti Trump tirade at Dinner for donors
Former Vice President Joe Biden continued his attacks on President Donald Trump at a fundraiser in Aspen, Colorado, accusing him of promoting a culture of hate.
The 2020 hopeful, who was speaking at the dinner where donors paid between $1,000 and $2,800 to attend, raised the bar on his anti-Trump rhetoric, insisting he didn't know how bad the president would be.
“I never had the expectation that President Trump would be a good president, but I had no idea that he would be as banal, mean and as bad as he is," Biden said.
"It's about hate, hate, hate," Biden continued.
“We have to rip it out. We have to rip it up. Because if we don’t, it will fundamentally change who we are. Who we are. The president is the face of America. Our children are listening," he added.
"They know, they know it’s happening. He’s changing the whole dynamic about us, at home and abroad."
“I never thought I’d say this about a president, but he’s fomenting hatred, and he’s dividing us based on ethnicity, religion, color, background," he warned.
"We can’t sustain ourselves that way. You can’t define what freedom in America is, based on any of those criteria.”
Biden argued the "social fabric in this country is being ripped apart," and warned that eight years of a Trump presidency "will fundamentally change who we are."
The presidential candidate also criticized Trump's relationships with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden also spoke on the effects of technology on the middle class:
“Those people are scared. We’ve got to speak to them. We’ve got to let them know there are answers without having to punish anybody."
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."
Biden accused the president of using "dog whistles" to stir up racism and fear. 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.