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Biden: ‘This President Has Fanned the Flames of White Supremacy'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | August 7, 2019 | 5:42 PM EDT

Former Vice President Joe Biden
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President Donald Trump is using “code,” as well as plain language, to promote white supremacy, former Vice President and Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden said Wednesday in a speech in Burlington, Iowa.

“His both clear language - and in code – this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,” Biden said, characterizing the president’s comments on issues such as border security and mass violence as both outright and coded support for white supremacy and mass murder:

“How far is it from Trump saying, “This is an invasion” to the shooter in El Paso declaring, quote, ‘This attack is a response to Hispanic invasion of Texas’? How far apart are those comments?

“How far is it from white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville – Trump’s ‘Very fine people’ – chanting, ‘You will replace us,’ to the shooter at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh saying, ‘We’re committing genocide; Jews are committing genocide’ on his people?

“I don’t think it’s that far at all.

“His both clear language - and in code – this president has fanned the flame of white supremacy in this nation.”

 

Biden went on to say he didn’t believe Trump when the president condemned white supremacists in a speech to the nation addressing the past weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio – accusing Trump of “low-energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words”:

“His low-energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words written for condemning white supremacists this week, I don’t believe fooled anyone, at home or abroad.”

The White House has repeatedly emphasized that the president’s “fine people” comment regarding a rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia was referring to peaceful citizens in the crowd who did not want to see their historic monuments torn down.

 

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