Biden Says Trump Fans ‘Flames of White Supremacy’ as Democrats Attack Racism

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Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Wednesday accused Republican President Donald Trump of fueling the white supremacy beliefs blamed for several U.S. mass shootings, as Trump visited two cities where 31 people were killed in rampages last weekend.

“In both clear language and in code, this president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,” Biden, the former vice president, said in a speech in Burlington, Iowa.

Another contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, took up the themes of white nationalism and gun violence in a speech at the historically black South Carolina church where white supremacist Dylann Roof shot dead nine people in 2015.

“These acts of hatred do not happen in a vacuum,” Booker said at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. “They are harvested only once they have been planted.”

The weekend’s back-to-back mass shootings intensified criticism of what many say is incendiary rhetoric by Trump.

The president, who has insisted he is not a racist, said Americans must “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy” in a speech on Monday.

On Saturday, a gunman killed 22 people in El Paso, a Texas city on the border with Mexico. Law enforcement agencies say the suspected gunman was driven by hatred for Hispanics, citing an online manifesto apparently written by the shooter that was rife with anti-immigrant hatred.

In the second mass shooting 13 hours later, a gunman in Dayton, Ohio, fatally shot nine people, including his sister, before he was killed by police.

Trump’s rhetoric, including calling Central Americans trying to enter the United States “an invasion,” and his hard-line immigration policies have exposed him to renewed condemnation following the El Paso shooting.

“How far is it from Trump’s saying this ‘is an invasion’ to the shooter in El Paso declaring ‘his attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas?’ Not far at all,” Biden said in a fiery address.

Trump aides deny his rhetoric was a cause of the shootings. In his national address, the president proposed reforming mental health laws, working with social media to detect possible mass shooters and keeping guns away from people considered potentially violent. He stopped short of calling for major gun law reforms.

Trump visited El Paso and Dayton on Wednesday, where he was greeted by protesters.

Biden and Booker are among 24 candidates vying to become the nominee to take on Trump in the November 2020 election.

Most of the Democrats have called for stricter gun laws, including universal background checks for purchases and banning assault-style weapons. Booker has also proposed requiring licenses to own firearms.

Biden invoked the rhetoric of previous presidents of both parties, including Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton, who he said “opposed hate.”

“We have a president who has aligned himself with the darkest forces in the nation,” Biden said in Iowa. “We have a president with a toxic tongue who has publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism, and division.”

In his remarks, Booker rejected the debate over whether Trump is a racist, saying that what really matters is how people intend to address the problem.

“If the answer to the question, ‘Do racism and white supremacy exist?’ is yes, then the real question isn’t who is or isn’t a racist – but who is and isn’t doing something about it,” he said.

(Reporting by Tim Reid and Harriet McLeod; additional reporting and writing by Joseph Ax; editing by Larry King, Jonathan Oatis and Leslie Adler)

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WayHungLow
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WayHungLow

Does Creepy Joe Biden realize he is white?

Tom Bodine
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If you put any stock in what Uncle Joe says you are dumber than he is and man that’s pretty bad.

Walter Swartz
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Walter Swartz

Biden, Obama, and many other democrats have been fanning the flames of race baiting for many years. . . . We the people are TIRED OF IT! So when they win 2, 3 or maybe 4 seats someplace, it won’t be because of an applauded ideology, it will be because of voter theft. The ideology of the dems is plain and simple. Massive control over our lives. They’ve been selling us security, quality of life, elevated incomes, etc… with no guarantee and no returns at all. So when we look at the ratio of government employees to taxpayers to provide… Read more »

Otis
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Every time I read the smears against our duly elected president, my heart cries out, “when will these hateful speeches stop.” It creates such a negative wedge in our psyche – its always the same horrible lies against pres Trump – nothing else. No fixing of our nation’s problems. Its always “Trump is a racist,” mantra. Rather than telling we the people what they will fo for us.
Prople: Who else feels the same as I do. It’s so dispearing.

Anna Ostby
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Gaff boy must know that suggesting that Trump voters are racist will not make us want to jump ship and vote for this knuckle head

proudmomoffive
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proudmomoffive

From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
Definition of white supremacist: noun, a person who believes that the white race is inherently superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races. So, two things jump up in this definition: superior to others and control of others. that pretty much describes the democrat party, also throw in the fact that they want to do it by force or coercion, punishing with fines, jail, doxxing, violence, etc. those who do not agree with them.

proudmomoffive
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proudmomoffive

All the Latinos in Latinos for Trump… Are they white supremacists? All the blacks that are leaving the party of death in droves in Blexit…. Are they white supremacists? All the Jews in Jexodus who have been traditionally democrats but are leaving the party because of its extreme socialist positions…. Are they white supremacists?

Patti Harrison
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It’s the other way around, it’s the demoncrats who stir up the rhetoric of race and hatred of others because they talk about it constantly day in and day out, everyone is a racist who doesn’t believe like them! But funny thing is that most of the violence has been done by people who are democrats!!!

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