Biden to take on Trump in Ireland

Biden to take on Trump in Ireland
 
During a speech at Ireland’s Dublin Castle, he plans to stress both countries’ shared values and strong work ethic. But he said challenges such as war, terrorism, mass migration and economic anxiety have led to the “inevitable human reaction of frustration and anger.”  
 
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“It provides fertile terrain for reactionary politicians and demagogues peddling xenophobia, nationalism, and isolationism, all of which tear at our social fabric,” he will say, according to excerpts released by his office.
 
“We see it in Europe and around the world. We see it today in the United States,” Biden plans to say. 
 
“Where some politicians find it convenient to scapegoat immigrants instead of welcoming them; play to our fears rather than appeal to our better natures; divide us based on religion or ethnicity rather than unite us in our common humanity; and build walls between nations when we should be building bridges among us.”
 
Biden will say it’s critical for citizens of both countries to “remember who we are as peoples and as nations — self-reflective, self-critical, self-corrective.”
 
It’s the second time this week that Biden plans to take on Trump. The vice president tore into Trump’s foreign policy proposals during speech in Washington on Monday. 
 
Biden’s latest remarks come as Trump is in nearby Scotland to promote the reopening of his golf course in Turnberry. 
 
His speech also comes against the backdrop of Thursday’s stunning Brexit referendum, in which Britain’s voters chose to leave the European Union. The campaign was fueled in part by concerns about an influx of immigrant labor to the U.K.  
 
Biden will delve into his family’s roots and speak about the hope and optimism that led them to immigrate to the U.S. in search of a better life. 
 
He said his mother always taught her children to have pride in their Irish heritage while reminding them “that she or any of us were equal to any man or woman on Earth — and that everyone was our equal.”
 
“We’re defined by a common creed that says to our children that if they work hard, if they struggle, if they are loyal, if they are courageous — they will have an opportunity to live a better life than the generation before them,” Biden will say. 
 
“It’s defined by a simple belief that anything is possible,” he’ll add. “And it’s a belief shared by the vast majority of immigrant families that have come to the United States from many other nations over the years.”
 
The vice president is on a weeklong visit to Ireland, his ancestral homeland. He met with the country’s prime minister and president and spoke to students.