Biden: 'We've learned in the last two years, it doesn't take much to awaken hate'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Giuliani says he discussed Biden with Ukrainian official MORE on Monday said that America has learned during President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE's time in the White House that it “doesn't take much to awaken hate."

Biden, speaking at the National Action Network’s Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in Washington, D.C., said that hate has been “legitimized” in the past two years.

“We've learned in the last two years, it doesn't take much to awaken hate,” Biden said. “To bring those folks out from under the rocks. That part of American society that’s always been there, will always be there, but has been legitimized.”

Though he did not name Trump directly, Biden’s comments echoed his recent criticism of the president. In October, Biden said that Trump "assigns moral equivalence" to "dark forces" of hatred.

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The former vice president, who is considering a 2020 presidential run, spoke directly to King’s son. He referenced the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., as an example of how “the hate that cut your dad down is still nurtured by those forces of darkness.”

Biden also quoted Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech, saying: “Let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be.”

“We all know what it ought to be,” Biden added. “America’s been made better, all of the struggles many of you in this room have endured and led.”