Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden made a bold statement on Wednesday saying that Donald Trump is the first racist to have ever won the crown of America’s President.
The former vice-president’s direct and sharp comment on Trump was more direct than any other things Biden said in the past. Biden had said this in a Virtual Town Hall conducted by the Service Employees International Union, after a health care worker who had emigrated from South Korea said that she had been racially profiled by a white American in a supermarket.
Biden said that he was infuriated to hear that she had experienced such a thing. He shared her concern with Trump’s referring to the novel coronavirus as the “China Virus” and blamed Trump for spreading the air of racism.
“The way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they’re from, is absolutely sickening,” Biden said.
“No sitting president has ever done this,” he said. “Never, never, never. No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president. We’ve had racists, and they’ve existed, that tried to get elected president; he’s the first one that has.”
There were numerous times of Trump and his aides referring to the novel coronavirus in different names — such as “China Virus”, “Wuhan Virus” or “Kung Flu.” Bidden accused Donald Trump of using the origin of the virus as “a wedge”.
“The way he pits people against one another is all designed to divide the country, divide people, not pulling them together,” Biden stated.
In a statement, Katrina Pierson, Trump’s campaign senior advertiser said, “President Trump loves all people, works hard to empower all Americans, and is supported by more Black voters than any Republican presidential candidate in modern history. No one should take lectures on racial justice from Joe Biden.”
If the reference of Biden can be seen from the lens of modern politics, one can easily understand that “tried to get elected president” could directly refer to Alabama governor and segregationist George Wallace’s third-party bid in 1968.
Biden has forgotten one thing — that United States has already elected 12 presidents who owned slaves and many of them made racial comments publicly or privately.
Symon Sanders, Joe Biden’s adviser, said in a statement after the former Vice-President’s comment that Trump is unique in modern history as racism has always been the central theme of his campaign.
“There have been a number of racist American presidents, but Trump stands out — especially in modern history — because he made running on racism and division his calling card and won. He deliberately foments both, intentionally causing indescribable pain because he thinks it advantages him politically,” Sanders said. “The George Wallaces of our country’s history who have run on these hate-filled themes have lost.”
In June, Biden told Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show, “You know, Donald Trump didn’t invent racism but he sure has promoted it.”
He also made the similar point in May at an AAPI forum.
“The pandemic has unleashed familiar forces of hate, fear and xenophobia that he always flames, and fans the flames, that have always existed in our society, but with this President it’s brought with it a new rash of racist messages, verbal, physical attacks, and other acts of hate,” Biden had said then.
Responding to Biden’s recent comment at the White House briefing, Trump pointed out the efforts that his administration have been making to build the Criminal Justice reform legislation and to expand the number of opportunities for the minority groups who were unemployed before the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I’ve done more for Black Americans than anybody with the possible of exception of Abraham Lincoln,” the president said. “Nobody has even been close.”
Mr. Biden has vowed that, if elected, he will begin addressing institutional racism within his first 100 days of taking office and eliminate it from the root.
In the past Biden has also said, “The way he talks about Muslims, the way he talks about them as if they’re pariah. The way he talks about immigrants as if they are, they’re corrupting America, as if they’re all terrorists. I mean, it’s just bizarre.”
Also, last year when Trump had said to four Democratic congresswomen of colors that they should “go back. . . to the places from which they came,” Biden had called it “a flat racist attack.”