Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday said some of President Trump’s supporters back the notion that “all Mexicans are rapists” and “all Muslims are bad.”
His remarks: Biden made the accusation during a virtual fundraiser hosted by Joe and Sara Kiani, the founders of the Masimo Corporation, where he was asked if he will be able to win support from Trump’s base.
“His base? Probably not,” Biden responded, according to the New York Post.
“There are people who support the president because they like the fact that he is engaged in the politics of division. They really support the notion that, you know, all Mexicans are rapists and all Muslims are bad and…dividing this nation based on ethnicity, race,” Biden said.
“This is one of the few presidents who succeeded by deliberately trying to divide the country not unite the country.”
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Biden described Trump’s base as “people I grew up with, white working-class, high-school educated people,” who backed Trump in 2016 because they were “going through a really difficult transition” and because Trump said Democrats had disregarded “the forgotten man.”
“Well, as soon as he got elected, you forgot the forgotten man,” Biden fired back.
He said the only people he might be able to win back are “the people we lost” in 2016 who were hoping for better healthcare, suggesting Trump’s attempt to terminate ObamaCare could cost him the election.
“It’s about dignity…He doesn’t seem to give a damn about it, he doesn’t talk about it at all, he has no sense of empathy,” Biden said of Trump. “That’s why I think the Democratic party will be able to win those folks back.”
“The people who voted Republican last time…who don’t want to vote for Trump — whether they want to vote for me or not is a different story — but they don’t want to vote for Trump, they’re looking for an alternative and I think, I hope to God, I can provide that alternative…I really mean it. I think there’s a chance.”