Joe Biden Writes Op-Ed About Trump & Declares He Has "Emboldened White Supremacists"
Former Vice President Joe Biden is not here for President Trump's rhetoric. In a bold column for The Atlantic, Biden addressed the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the wave of tension that has coursed through the country in its aftermath. Specifically, Biden criticized Trump after the Charlottesville violence, calling him a "special challenge" to the country.
The Atlantic published Biden's column online early on Sunday. In it, the former vice president recalled the violence he saw in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. He also recalled the moment he awaited President Obama's arrival on the day of their first inauguration in 2009, painting a stark contrast between the two memories. Reflecting on the violence in Charlottesville earlier this month, Biden came to a realization: "We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation," he wrote.
"We have fought this battle before," Biden continued, "but today we have a special challenge." That challenge, according to the next several lines of the column, is none other than President Trump. Biden sharply condemned and criticized the current president's controversial rhetoric.
The former vice president gives Americans a call to action. Biden called on the American people to declare that there is no place for hate groups in the U.S., or in other words, "to declare what the president can't." His criticism of Trump continued by condemning Trump's decision to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Trump's pardon was announced on Friday via Twitter, amid a series of tweets about the ongoing hurricane situation in Texas.
Sunday's Atlantic column wasn't the first time that Biden has been critical of Trump's rhetoric. Back in January, shortly before Trump's inauguration, Biden criticized Trump's notorious tweets as juvenile: "Grow up, Donald," Biden told PBS NewsHour. "Time to be an adult."
Now, it seems the former vice president doesn't just see Trump's tweets as childish, but rather, as dangerous and challenging to the country.