On Wednesday, Joe Biden slammed the “false nationalism” of President Donald Trump at an Axios event in Philadelphia.
The former vice president also claimed that Trump’s rise had created a lack of “decency” in politics and was “eating at the fabric at this country.”
“You can disagree on issues but this has gotten so, sort of, coarse, so vile, so demeaning. And our children our listening,” Biden said.
Specifically, Biden blasted Trump for his failure to condemn white supremacists after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Did any one of you ever think that you would see, in one of the historic cities in America, folks coming out from under rocks and out of fields with torches carrying swastikas literally reciting the same, the same exact anti-Semitic bile that you heard and we heard in the 30s?” Biden asked.
He then added, “And then to have those who were protesting compared as the moral equivalent to those people? Folks, this is eating at the fabric of this country. This is wrong.”
Biden then pointed to the recent election results, saying that they showed that the nation was rejecting Trump’s philosophies and policies.
“I think what happened last night, all across the country, including with Republicans, is ‘I’m tired of this,’” Biden said.
This latest condemnation of the president has many people raising eyebrows and wondering if Biden could be throwing his hat into the ring for a presidential run against Trump in 2020. Biden has thus far been unwilling to say whether he will be running, though he has previously expressed regret that he didn’t wade into the campaign in 2016.
When a reporter asked Biden at the Axios event whether he would’ve “beaten” Trump, Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, reportedly stood up to leave the stage, saying in unison “We gotta go.”