Democratic US presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, US, July 14, 2020.
Former Vice President and Democratic President Hope Joe Biden says Donald Trump is the first racist U.S. president in national history.
Biden, who was vice president under the first black U.S. president Barack Obama, posed a question from a health worker at the International Union of Service Employees round table.
He responded that Trump “communicates with people based on their skin color, national origin and where they come from.”
He added: “None of the sitting presidents did this. Never, ever, ever. No Republican president has ever done that. There is no Democratic president. We have racists, they have, they have tried to get an elected president. He was the first. “
Katrina Pearson, a senior adviser on the Trump campaign, withdrew, calling Biden’s remarks “insulting the intelligence of black voters.” She said Trump “loves everyone” and “works hard to empower all Americans.”
Many American presidents supported policies that enslaved or oppressed Native Americans and isolated black Americans. Princeton University announced last month that it was expelling former president Woodrow Wilson from school.
The Biden-Trump handover marks the escalation of racial tensions in the campaign between two white candidates ahead of the November 3 election.
At a 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Biden previously criticized himself for running for office “often on both sides” by simply releasing violence between white supremacists and counter-professionals.
The race became even more central as protests erupted over the killing of unarmed African Americans by police following the death of George Floyd May. Minutes.