Speaking at a virtual town hall organized by the Service Employees International Union, Biden offered the assessment of the president after Suk Kim, a South Korean immigrant, detailed an experience she had being racially profiled at a supermarket and expressed concern over Trump’s coronavirus rhetoric, including referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus.”
The presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee said he was “so angry” after learning of her experience before criticizing Trump for “his spreading of racism.”
“The way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they’re from, is absolutely sickening,” Biden said. “No sitting president has ever done this, never, never, never.”
“No Republican president has done this, this no Democratic president,” he continued. “We’ve had racists and they’ve existed, they’ve tried to get elected president but he’s the first one that has. And the way he pits people against one another is all designed to divide the country, divide people, not pull them together.
The Biden campaign in a statement later acknowledged past racist presidents but said Trump stands out among them.
“There have been a number of racist American presidents, but Trump stands out — especially in modern history — because he made running on racism and division his calling card and won,” Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders said. “He deliberately foments both, intentionally causing indescribable pain because he thinks it advantages him politically.”
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