Biden: Trump ‘assigns moral equivalence’ to ‘dark forces’ of hate

Biden: Trump ‘assigns moral equivalence’ to ‘dark forces’ of hate
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenButtigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election This is the Joe Biden you rarely see Minorities, older adults push Biden to top of 2020 poll MORE on Monday condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE's rhetoric while campaigning for Democrats in Ohio, arguing that the president "assigns moral equivalence" to "dark forces" of hatred.

“When hatred is given a space to fester it encourages the seedier side of society to come out ... and the president of the United States assigns moral equivalence to these dark forces," Biden said during a rally at Youngstown State University in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard CordrayRichard Adams CordrayThe road to the White House still goes through Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan announces presidential run Sherrod Brown says he will not run for president MORE and other candidates, The Toledo Blade reported.

“The forces of hate and terror have worked on the psyche of our fellow Americans, and targets have been people with different political beliefs or different colors of their skin or different religions,” he added.

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Biden during his remarks condemned Saturday's attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that left 11 people dead, as well as a series of bombs sent last week to Democrats and other former government officials, including himself, who have exchanged criticism with Trump.

The former vice president told the crowd that “words matter, words from our leaders matter" and said that "political opponents are not our enemies," according to the Blade. He also said that "the press is not the enemy of the people," a reference to Trump's attacks against the news media.

Biden was among several Democrats who were mailed bombs last week, along with former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? MORE, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderDems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' Holder: Any 'competent' prosecutor could win obstruction case against Trump MORE and others. One of the packages, addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan: Imagine if we had a president 'who did not have to obstruct justice' How I learned to love the witch hunt 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era MORE, was also mailed to CNN's offices in New York, forcing an evacuation.

Authorities have since charged Cesar Sayoc Jr., a Florida resident, with sending the bombs.

Biden on Monday urged voters to participate in next week's midterm elections, describing them as "a battle for the soul of America" and saying that the election is "about more than issues."

“We all know there’s something in our gut that’s bigger than the election, something that’s bigger than politics as usual. It’s about more than issues. It’s about who we are as Americans," he said, according to the Blade.