Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTop Oversight and Foreign Affairs Dems ask Black Cube for answers on alleged Iran deal op Biden, Corker honored with Freedom House human rights awards What's wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California MORE said Monday that the August white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was a "turning point" for America that required the nation's leaders to speak out.

In an interview on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," the former vice president called President Trump's equivocal remarks about the protests and counterprotests in Charlottesville as "reprehensible."

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"To not have an outright, flat condemnation of that [is wrong]," he said.

“I thought the silence was deafening. And then, when the comparison was made to those that were [counter]protesting, I found it reprehensible — I couldn’t remain silent anymore. It goes to the soul of the country.”

Biden, who is promoting a new book, also heaped blame on former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

"It's not just the president. It's all that surrounds this, and Bannon and the alt-right I find to be reprehensible. I mean, the inability to condemn hate is ..." Biden trailed off, to cheers.

He added that if Trump had been defeated in November by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonElection fears recede for House Republicans To woo black voters in Georgia, Dems need to change their course of action Trump lawyer touts petition to stop 'soft coup' against Trump MORE, there would be no question as to whether Clinton would "understand the role of the presidency."

“But for 74,000 votes or thereabouts, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. We’d have a good president who understands the role of the presidency,” he added.