Former vice president Joe Biden published a blog post earlier this week that fueled speculation that he was considering a White House run in 2020. Now, he has done more to fuel that speculation, spending the weekend campaigning against Trump on race related issues in South Carolina. Biden highlighted Trump’s sketchy record on race issues – including his ambivalent response to Neo Nazi protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his spirited dismissal of NFL players protesting the national anthem.
Biden said Trump “has publicly proclaimed the moral equivalency of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen and those who oppose their hate.” Speaking from an NAACP meeting, he continued, “This is a moment for this nation to declare what this president can’t with any clarity, consistency or vision: There is no place in America for hate groups.”
Biden offered his most lengthy thoughts on Trump’s actions in the White House since he became president. Whereas his recent blog post was outlined his anti-populist positions in a pitch for mainstream voters in 2020, this speech from the NAACP directly focused on race. “I just got back from Europe. Heads of state wanted to talk to me not just about Korea, but about Charlottesville,” he said. “The whole world saw the crazed, angry faces illuminated by torches.”
“We saw the truth of this president when he pardoned Joe Arpaio of Arizona,” Biden said. “It’s moments like these that each of us has to stand up and declare with conviction and moral clarity that the Klan, white supremacists, neo-Nazis will never be allowed to march in the main street of American life. That we will not watch this behavior and go numb when it happens.”
He continued, “We will not allow what’s happening along this landscape of America to be normalized, because we all know it represents the minority.”
Earlier this month, he wrote, “If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.”