Biden: Trump is first ‘racist’ president
Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, says that President Donald Trump is the first racist to be elected president.
“No sitting president has ever done this. Never, never, never. No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president. We’ve had racists and they’ve existed and they’ve tried to get elected president. He’s the first one that has,” Biden said.
Biden made the comments during a virtual campaign event with the Service Employees International Union.
“Biden doesn’t think Woodrow Wilson re-segregating the federal government & showing the pro-KKK film Birth of a Nation at the WH was racist, doesn’t think FDR throwing Japanese-Americans in internment camps was racist, but Trump saying ‘China virus’ makes him the only racist POTUS,” tweeted Jerry Dunleavy with the Washington Examiner.
Biden also blasted the president for blaming China for the COVID-19 pandemic and claimed that people don’t distinguish Chinese from other Asians. He attacked Trump for calling COVID-19 the “China virus” and said it’s xenophobic.
“Look what he’s doing now. He’s blaming everything on China. He’s blaming everything on the Chinese and people don’t make a distinction, as you well know, from a South Korean and someone from Beijing,” Biden said. “They make no distinction, it’s Asian. And he’s using it as a wedge.”
The former vice president told the participants at his event that we are a nation of immigrants.
“Don’t let anybody convince you you’re not American in every single way,” Biden told participant Suk Kim, who migrated from South Korea. “It’s an idea. We’re an idea. It’s not based on an ethnicity or race. I’m sorry I get so worked up about it, but it makes me so angry when I find people based on the color of their skin or their national origin are somehow viewed in a different way.”
Many were quick to correct Biden on his claim that Trump is the first racist president pointing out that 12 former presidents were slaveowners. The president himself denied the claim.
“I’m done more for black people than any president with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln,” said Trump.
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