Biden on Trump and His Friends: ‘They Looked Down Their Nose on People Like Irish Catholics Like Me’

By CNSNews.com Staff | September 30, 2020 | 5:17pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Joe Biden said during his Tuesday night debate with President Donald Trump that Trump is a “racist” and that Trump and “his friends” “looked down their nose on people like Irish Catholic like me who grew up in Scranton.”

“He's the racist,” Biden said of Trump, when the debate turned to the issues of systemic racism and racial sensitivity training.

“It's a little bit like how this guy and his friends looked down on so many people,” said Biden.

“They looked down their nose on people like Irish Catholics like me who grew up in Scranton,” Biden said.

“They looked down on people who don't have money,” he said. “They looked 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,” said Biden. “There's nothing we cannot do if we do it together. We can take this on and we can defeat racism in America.”

Here is a transcript of the exchange in Tuesday night’s debate where Biden called Trump a “racist” and said Trump and his friends “looked down their nose on people like Irish Catholics like me:”

Chris Wallace: “This month, your administration directed federal agencies to end racial sensitivity training that addresses white privilege or critical race theory. Why did you decide to do that, to end racial sensitivity training? And do you believe that there is systemic racism in this country, sir?”

President Donald Trump: “I ended it because it's racist. I ended it because a lot of people were complaining that they were asked to do things that were absolutely insane, that it was a radical revolution that was taking place in our military, in our schools, all over the place. And you know it and so does everybody else. And he would know it.”

Wallace: “What is radical about racial sensitivity training, sir?”

Trump: “If you were a certain person, you had no status in life. It was, sort of, a reversal. And if you look at the people, we were paying people hundreds of thousands of dollars to teach very bad ideas and, frankly, very sick ideas. 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.”

Wallace: “Vice President Biden?

Biden: “Nobody's doing that. He's just--He's the racist.

Trump: “Oh, you just don't know.

Biden: “Here's the deal. I know a lot more about this than you.”

Trump: “You don't know this.

Wallace: “Let him finish.”

Biden: “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 that people know. They don't want to--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 looked down on so many people. They looked down their nose on people like Irish Catholics like me who grew up in Scranton. They looked down on people who don't have money. They looked 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.”

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