Saturday in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy, former Vice President Joe Biden held the official kickoff of his 2020 race for the Democratic nomination, and he wasted no time calling President Donald Trump out for being a racist who wants to divide the nation for his own personal political gain.
Biden, who is leading head-to-head over Trump in every poll conducted (including Fox), made it very clear that his strategy is to attack his potential general election opponent where he’s weakest: On the issue of morality:
“Let me ask you, are we a nation that believes there is a moral equivalence between white supremacist and neo-nazi and the Ku Klux Klan and those with the courage to stand against them. No, we don’t. But Trump does. Trump said there is a moral equivalence. Are we a nation that believes ripping children from the arms of their parents at the border? No, we don’t. But Trump does. Are we a nation that embraces dictators and tyrants like Putin and Kim Jong-un? We don’t, but Trump does.”
The antidote to Trump, Biden continued, is to unify the nation and heal the wounds inflicted by the current president:
“Look, every day we’re reminded about this — in this election about we have to remember who we are and what we stand for and what we believe. And every day we’re reminded there is nothing guaranteed about our democracy. We have to fight for it. We have to defend it. We have to earn it. We have to earn it.”
It’s no wonder that Trump is reportedly so terrified of Biden. The former vice president doesn’t pull his punches and isn’t afraid to draw attention to the president’s immorality and self-serving policies. And that places Trump on defense, a position he isn’t used to operating from and doesn’t excel at.
You don’t beat Donald Trump with policy papers and kindness. You beat Trump by pointing to his innumerable flaws as a human being and asking: Aren’t we better than this?
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