Florida, USA:(Shoukat Zardari) The former vice president of the United States Joe Biden in his recent op-ed for The Atlantic has expressed his concerns about the increasing racial hate incidents in the country. Vice President Joe Biden is going after President Trump yet again over his response to the violence in Charlottesville.
Biden in The Atlantic writes that Americans are “living through a battle for the soul of this nation” following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which one counter protester was killed and at least 19 others were injured.
“Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate,” the former vice president continued. “We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.”
“If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation,” Biden said. “We have fought this battle before—but today we have a special challenge.
Biden then called on Americans to “do what our president has not” and “uphold American values” to “show the world America is still a beacon of light.” He further wrote “If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation”.
His comments came after Trump at a contentious press conference last week attempted to pass part of the blame for the violence to a group he called the “alt-left.”
Trump said, “I think there was blame on both sides. What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?”
Both the former VP and former President Obama have kept a relatively low profile since leaving the White House.
Biden wrote, “This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America.”