Biden: Obama and I Agreed to Stay Silent in Trump’s 1st Year, But I Couldn’t After Charlottesville

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner last night and the subject of President Donald Trump came up a few times.

Dr. Jill Biden spoke first and, without mentioning Trump by name, recalled a story from when she was young and said, “I hate bullies.”

When the former veep spoke, he took a moment to address him and Barack Obama––now on the campaign trail for Democrats––not being more vocal in the first year of Trump’s presidency:

“Barack and I agreed to remain silent for a while to give this administration a chance to get up and running the first year. God forgive me.”

After the audience applauded, he added, “But I could not remain silent after Charlottesville… This is about basic decency.”

“We are in a fight for America’s soul!” Biden said. “And we have leaders who at the time when that occurred, when these guys were accompanied by white supremacists and [the] Ku Klux Klan and those that objected making a comparison saying there are good people in both groups. What has become of us? Our children are listening.”

You can watch part of his remarks above, via CNN.

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