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Biden Says Trump Helping 'Darkest Forces' In US

While Joe Biden insists he does not plan to run for president in 2020, he continues to slam the current occupant of the White House.

In an op-ed for The Atlantic, the former vice president argued that “we have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.” He wrote: “This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency or conviction. There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants — all who are seen as ‘the other’ — won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.”

Biden alleged that “we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate.” He was referring to Donald Trump’s response to the recent violence at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where police said a neo-Nazi killed a woman and injured dozens of people when he slammed his car into a crowd of anti-racism counter-protesters. The president claimed “both sides” were to blame for the bloodshed, and that some “very fine people” were among the Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members.

The former vice president lamented the nation’s “long trail of violence and hate,” adding: “In Charlottesville, that long trail emerged once again into plain view not only for America, but for the whole world to see — the crazed, angry faces illuminated by torches; the chants echoing the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the 1930s; the neo-Nazis, Klansmen and white supremacists emerging from dark rooms and remote fields and the anonymity of the web into the bright light of day on the streets of a historically significant American city. If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now. We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.”

The op-ed continued: “The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America. Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight? Did we think the charlatans and the con-men and the false prophets who have long dotted our history wouldn’t revisit us, once again prop up the immigrant as the source of all our troubles, and look to prey on the hopelessness and despair that has grown up in the hollowed-out cities and towns of Ohio and Michigan and Pennsylvania and the long-forgotten rural stretches of West Virginia and Kentucky? We have fought this battle before, but today we have a special challenge.

“You, me, and the citizens of this country carry a special burden in 2017. We have to do what our president has not. We have to uphold America’s values. We have to do what he will not. We have to defend our Constitution. We have to remember our kids are watching. We have to show the world America is still a beacon of light,” Biden wrote.

Source: The Atlantic
Photo: U.S. Embassy of Kyiv Ukraine/Flickr, Anthony Crider/Flickr

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