Biden: 'People Have to Be Aware of What Other People Feel Like, What Insults Them'

Susan Jones | September 30, 2020 | 7:47am EDT
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(Composite photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Composite photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "He's the racist," Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said about President Trump at Tuesday night's debate.

The fact is that there is racial insensitivity. People have to be made aware of what other people feel like, what insults them, what is demeaning to them. It’s important people know.

Many people don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings, but it makes a big difference. It makes a gigantic difference in the way a child is able to grow up and have a sense of self-esteem.

It’s a little bit like how this guy and his friends look down on so many people. They look down their nose on people like Irish Catholics, like me, who grow up in Scranton. They look down on people who don’t have money. They look down on people who are of a different faith. They looked down on people who are a different color.

In fact, we’re all Americans. The only way we’re going to bring this country together is bring everybody together. There’s nothing we cannot do, if we do it together. We can take this on and we can defeat racism in America.

Biden made the comment after Trump was asked to explain why he directed federal agencies to end racial sensitivity training "that addresses white privilege or critical race theory," as moderator Chris Wallace put it:

"We were paying people hundreds of thousands of dollars to teach very bad ideas and frankly, very sick ideas," Trump said. "And really, they were teaching people to hate our country. And I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to allow that to happen.

"We have to go back to the core values of this country. They were teaching people that our country is a horrible place. It’s a racist place. And they were teaching people to hate our country. And I’m not going to allow that to happen."

"Nobody's doing that," Biden said. "He's the racist."

Trump noted that during the Obama-Biden administration, "there was tremendous division. There was hatred." He mentioned Ferguson, Oakland, and Baltimore.

Then Trump pressed Biden on law and order, asking him twice, "Are you in favor of law and order?"

"Law and order with justice, where people get treated fairly," Biden said.

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