Biden to Trump: 'All these dog whistles and racism don't work anymore'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter Trump narrows Biden's lead in Pennsylvania: poll Florida breaks first-day early voting record with 350K ballots cast MORE hit each other Tuesday night on the issue of race, with Biden accusing Trump of using "dog whistles" and Trump returning to his arguments about "law and order."

Biden said Trump had been “disastrous” for the country’s Black communities. Trump responded by evoking the 1994 crime bill that Biden helped draft while he was in the Senate.

"This is not 1950. All these dog whistles on racism don't work anymore,” Biden said to Trump at one point.


At another point in the debate he responded to a question by saying that “there’s systemic injustice in this country, in education, in work and law enforcement.”

The former vice president added that most law enforcement officers are “good, decent [and] honorable,” but that the country’s justice system has been soured by numerous “bad apples.”

The summer saw nationwide protests demanding the end of police brutality and systemic racism following the police killings of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman, and George Floyd, a Black man.

Lawmakers and activists on the left have called for the defunding of local police departments, arguing that taxpayer dollars could be better spent on social services for underserved communities of color.

Biden, however, isn't in favor of doing this, instead touting a plan that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars into expanded community policing. He repeated his stance Tuesday, though Trump interjected multiple times that he wanted to do the opposite.

When asked by moderator Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceCommission approves rules to mute mics at final Trump-Biden debate 10 steps toward better presidential debating Trump campaign demands change to final debate topics MORE why his administration recently banned federal agencies from conducting racial sensitivity training, Trump asserted that the programs were “racist.”


“They were teaching people to hate this country,” Trump said, failing to acknowledge the existence of systemic racism.

The president also refused to condemn white supremacist groups, even seeming to tell the Proud Boys, a neo-Nazi extremist group, to “stand back and standby.”

Trump and his administration have taken an outwardly aggressive stance toward the protestors, sending federal agents to multiple cities to quell protests in an attempt to present himself as strong on law and order.