Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Pfizer to apply for COVID-19 booster approval for 16- and 17-year-olds: report Coronavirus variant raises fresh concerns for economy MORE in a new op-ed says President Trump’s “contempt for the U.S. Constitution and willingness to divide this nation knows no bounds.”
Biden in The Atlantic writes that Americans are "living through a battle for the soul of this nation" following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which one counterprotester was killed and at least 19 others were injured.
“If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation,” Biden said. “We have fought this battle before—but today we have a special challenge.
“Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate,” the former vice president continued. “We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.”
Biden praises the “moral conscience” of those who acted in the wake of Trump's response to Charlottesville, pointing to the CEOs who quit Trump’s economic advisory councils and military leaders who spoke out against discrimination.
The former vice president also applauded protesters in Boston who later marched in protest of a planned far-right rally there.
“Then a week after Boston, we saw the truth of this president: He won’t stop,” Biden said. “His contempt for the U.S. Constitution and willingness to divide this nation knows no bounds.”
Biden then called on Americans to “do what our president has not” and “uphold American values” to “show the world America is still a beacon of light.”
Biden’s op-ed comes as rumors have swirled in recent months that he may consider a run for president in 2020. The former vice president has emphatically denied those rumors, saying he has “no intention” of running for president.