Trump has fanned the flames of white supremacy: Biden

  • Trump has fanned the flames of white supremacy: Biden

Trump has fanned the flames of white supremacy: Biden

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Wednesday accused Republican President Donald Trump of fueling the white supremacy beliefs blamed for several USA mass shootings, as Trump visited two cities where 31 people were killed in rampages last weekend.

The president, who has insisted he is not a racist, said Americans must "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" in a speech on Monday.

"His low energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words written for him condemning white supremacists this week, I don't believe fooled anyone, at home or overseas", he said.

Biden said Trump "offers no moral leadership" and shows "no interest in unifying the nation".

Trump has been accused by his Democratic critics and others of promoting white nationalism with his frequent attacks on immigrants and minorities.

Biden's remarks came the same day that President Trump was visiting the two cities where the shootings happened to meet with first responders, law enforcement, and some of the wounded and the victims' families.

Biden laid some of the blame at Trump's doorstep. "Not far at all".

Mr. Biden said that during tough times in the past, American presidents have stepped up and "opposed hate", pointing to examples such as President George W. Bush's visiting a mosque after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks and President Barack Obama's response to a shooting at a church in SC in 2015. "It's up to us" to fight against hate and for American values, he said. "They can encourage us to appeal to our better angels, to our better nature, but they can also unleash the deepest, darkest forces in this nation".

"And that makes winning the battle for the soul of this nation that much harder".

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., spoke at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday morning, where a young white supremacist murdered nine people in 2015.

He says voters "cannot let this man be re-elected president of the United States of America".

"It was sown by those who spoke of an "infestation, ' and 'rats and rodents" in majority Black cities", Booker added in a reference to Trump's comments about the city of Baltimore.

The president, while aboard Air Force One, tweeted that he was watching "Sleepy Joe's" speech as it was carried live on cable news networks, calling it "Sooo Boring!"

He also got in a dig at the media, saying, "The LameStream Media will die in the ratings and clicks with this guy".

'It will be over for them, not to mention the fact that our Country will do poorly with him.

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