Former Vice President Joe Biden said during a discussion on Tuesday that he and former President Barack Obama agreed that they wouldn’t comment on President Donald Trump’s administration for a year but that the decision to keep quiet changed after Trump waffled on his response to the Charlottesville riot in which white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched through the Virginia town.
“Barack and I agreed we were not going to comment on President Trump’s administration for a year to give him a chance to get set up. […] But when Charlottesville happened, I couldn’t remain silent any longer,” Biden, who is rumored to be making the final preparations to announce a 2020 presidential run, said
He went on to point out an editorial he wrote in the Atlantic titled “We Are Living Through a Battle for the Soul of This Nation.”
“I never thought I’d see this in my lifetime. […] The president making a moral equivalency between those who rejected what was going on and those who were doing it, saying there were good people in both groups,” Biden added. “Has any president since the Civil War said anything like that?”
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Former Vice Pres. Joe Biden: "Barack and I agreed we were not going to comment on Pres. Trump's administration for year…but when Charlottesville happened, I couldn't remain silent any longer." https://t.co/NkJuIoyFEp pic.twitter.com/HcOuzvtNf4
— ABC News (@ABC) February 26, 2019
Though he’s largely stayed out of the spotlight, Biden’s moves to re-enter the political arena have picked up considerably over the past few weeks. On Tuesday, the Democratic Party of Delaware, Biden’s home state, announced that the former vice president would be headlining a dinner there.
Trump and Biden have also bristled over the past few years. In a bizarre news cycle in March 2018, the then-75-year-old Biden said that he would “take [Trump] behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.” Trump, who was 71 at the time, hit back by tweeting that Biden “would go down fast and hard, crying all the way.”
While the primary season is long and full of bumps, it appears right now that Biden and Trump could see each other in a distant general election, as Biden is leading the polls for 2020 Democrats.