Joe Biden called Trump voters the “dregs of society” during an impassioned speech at an LGBT charity event. Donald Trump Jr. has hit back at the former vice president saying his statement went “too far”.
While speaking to the crowd at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington on Saturday night, Biden lamented the fact that “virulent people” and the “dregs of society” have a friend in the White House.
“Despite losing in the courts and in the court of public opinion, these forces of intolerance remain determined to undermine and roll back the progress you all have made,” he argued.
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“This time they — not you — have an ally in the White House. They’re a small percentage of the American people, virulent people,” he continued. “Some of them the dregs of society.
“And instead of using the full might of the executive branch to secure justice, dignity [and] safety for all, the president uses the White House as a literal, literal bully pulpit, callously exerting his power over those who have little or none.”
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Biden also asked for God’s forgiveness for not speaking out against President Trump sooner. Biden said he and former president Barack Obama agreed to stay silent for a while to give the new administration the “chance to get up and running in the first year”.
“God forgive me”, he added before blessing himself with the sign of the cross. Biden’s wife Jill then reassured the crowd by saying the couple no longer plan on remaining silent and now want to “pick a fight” against bullies.
The president eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., said this time “creepy Joe’s” comments “went too far”. Biden says he’ll decide in January whether he’ll run for president in 2020. He did reply “thank you” to the supporters who yelled “run Joe!” at the end of his speech.
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