Attending a church service at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina Joe Biden lumped together President Trump with the Ku Klux Klan.
“This president and his–the Ku Klux Klans and the rest of them,” Biden said “they think they’ve beaten us again but they have no idea. We’re just coming back.”
Joe Biden tells church goers it sometimes feels more like 1920 than 2020
Fox News reports former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech before a mostly black congregation at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., Sunday in which he spoke of race relations in terms befitting a biblical prophet warning of impending destruction.
Biden’s brief address the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day included tales of the Civil Rights Movement while expressing fear that the progress made during the 1960s was unraveling, at least in part due to President Trump.
“Folks, some mornings I wake up and I think it’s more like what it must have been in 1920 than 2020,” Biden said.
He went on to recall the efforts and success of the Civil Rights Movement, saying that at the time people “thought we began to move and that civil rights was beginning to make some real progress.”
Biden forebodingly claimed that this progress was part of a movement that “has not been able to be stopped until recently,” warning that while “I thought you could defeat hate … hate only hides.”
The 2020 presidential hopeful then referenced the conflict that took place at the 2017 Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which a woman was killed during clashes between rally participants and counterprotesters.
Biden then mentioned President Trump’s initial response to the Charlottesville incident, in which he referred to “very fine people on both sides,” drawing widespread criticism.
“What I realized is that hate just hides,” Biden said after recalling this. “And it when it comes out from under the rocks, when it gets a little bit of oxygen.”
The former vice president then went even further in connecting Trump to racism.
“This president and his–the Ku Klux Klans and the rest of them, they think they’ve beaten us again but they have no idea. We’re just coming back.”