Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenSaving the transatlantic partnership Biden to campaign for Stacey Abrams next week Dems with political experience could have edge in 2020 primary, says pollster 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."


"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 Clinton2016 pollsters erred by not weighing education on state level, says political analyst Could President Trump's talk of a 'red wave' cause his supporters to stay home in midterms? Dem group targets Trump in M voter registration campaign: report 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.