Former Vice President Joe Biden wrote a new op-ed in The Atlantic, saying that President Trump’s “contempt for the U.S. Constitution and willingness to divide this nation knows no bounds” and that Americans are “living through a battle for the soul of this nation” following a violent and deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
“If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation,” Biden said. “We have fought this battle before—but today we have a special challenge.
“Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate,” the former vice president continued. “We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.”
The Hill added:
Biden praises the “moral conscience” of those who acted in the wake of Trump’s response to Charlottesville, pointing to the CEOs who quit Trump’s economic advisory councils and military leaders who spoke out against discrimination.
The former vice president also applauded protesters in Boston who later marched in protest of a planned far-right rally there.
“Then a week after Boston, we saw the truth of this president: He won’t stop,” Biden said. “His contempt for the U.S. Constitution and willingness to divide this nation knows no bounds.”
“Now he’s pardoned a law-enforcement official who terrorized the Latino community, violated its constitutional rights, defied a federal court order to stop, and ran a prison system so rife with torture and abuse he himself called it a “concentration camp.””
Biden then called on Americans to “do what our president has not” and “uphold American values” to “show the world America is still a beacon of light.”