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 BidenDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man Biden family adopts a dog Entrepreneur touts big solutions, endorsements in discussing presidential bid MORE on Monday condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny 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 CordrayKasich to return to New Hampshire for post-midterms visit Warren? Biden? Sanders? Dems have different answers on 2020 after 2018 The Hill's Morning Report — Split decision: Dems take House, GOP retains Senate majority 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 ClintonDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man Pipeline paralysis: The left’s latest fossil fuel obstruction tactic Mueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation MORE, former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder endorses Pelosi for Speaker Poll: Biden and Sanders lead 2020 Dem field, followed by Beto O'Rourke Trump's shortlist for attorney general takes shape MORE and others. One of the packages, addressed to former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan: 'I miss the days when American Presidents ... were respected for their honesty & integrity' CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all Falsehood shames Clapper, Brennan and pledge to protect whistleblowers 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.