Biden attacks Trump, calls him the first "racist" President of the U.S."
Updated: Jul 25
Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, called President Donald Trump the country’s first “racist” president. The comment was made in a virtual town hall organised by the Service Employees International Union. Biden was referring to how Trump has repeatedly dubbed the COVID-19 Virus, the “China” virus. Donald Trump isn’t unfamiliar with allegations of racism and racial profiling, but with the United States General Elections coming ever closer, and with nation-wide protests against police brutality and systemic racism, allegations like these carry heavy weight and could possibly be either candidate’s ticket to the White House.
According to Biden, there have been former candidates who were racist, but never won, and President Trump is the first of this kind, to ever hold office. Biden believes the way he treats people based on the colour of their skin is “absolutely sickening”. A large number of Chinese American activists and actors have come out in an attempt to denounce the racial profiling of the virus, indicating that the President is blaming China in an effort to distract the American people from his incompetence and failures when it came to the virus, a sentiment that Biden shares. He claims President Trump is using “a wedge” to distract people from the failures and mishandling of the pandemic by the Trump Administration.
As previously stated, Trump has a track record for allegations of racism. Media companies like the Atlantic and Gen Medium, have published extensive lists of racism committed by Trump, during and not during his presidency. On the 23rd of July, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whilst raising a point of personal privilege about being accosted on the steps to Capitol Hill, also mentioned how President Trump told Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and herself (informally named the “Squad”), to go back to the places from where they came. The democratic base and its representatives are getting more and more recognition, for their stances on racism and equality. It is, therefore, no surprise that organisations like the Human Rights Campaign, Voto Latino and the Lincoln Project, are in passionate support of Joe Biden’s campaign.
Biden made references to his proposed policies about criminal justice reform and has promised to take serious attention to institutionalised racism in his first 100 days of office; while President Trump, in a Fox News interview, drew equivalence between the Black Lives Matters movement and the supporters of the Confederate Flag. Biden’s senior advisor, Symone Sanders, in a statement, claimed that the central theme of Trump’s campaign is racism
Americans can no longer let systemic racism and racial appropriation be part of politics. Both campaigns have made the fundamental messages of their campaign extremely clear. The only tie-breaker between the two campaigns, in the end, will be the American people.