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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 BidenJoe BidenTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Five things to know about Georgia's Senate runoffs MORE on Monday condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report 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 CordrayConsumer bureau vet who battled Trump will lead Biden plans to overhaul agency Consumer bureau revokes payday lending restrictions Supreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau 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 ClintonCornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Groups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEx-AG Holder urges GOP to speak against Trump efforts to 'subvert' election results Tyson Foods suspends Iowa plant officials amid coronavirus scandal Money can't buy the Senate MORE and others. One of the packages, addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFormer CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas' Brennan takes final shot at Trump: 'I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap' The new marshmallow media in the Biden 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.