Biden mocks Trump’s claim to speak against anti-Semitism
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Biden mocks Trump’s claim to speak against anti-Semitism

Democratic candidate says US president ignoring white supremacists while speaking against anti-Jewish hatred

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks alongside Iowa attorney general Tom Miller during a stop at a campaign field office in Des Moines, Iowa, January 13, 2020. (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks alongside Iowa attorney general Tom Miller during a stop at a campaign field office in Des Moines, Iowa, January 13, 2020. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

JTA — Joe Biden mocked US President Donald Trump’s claims to speak out against anti-Semitism, saying the president is dividing the country and turning a blind eye to white supremacists.

“President’s talking about how he’s worried about anti-Semitism,” Biden told The New York Time’s editorial board in an interview the newspaper published Friday. “This recent rule about universities.” Biden referred to an executive order Trump issued last month linking federal funding for universities to how seriously the campus addressed anti-Semitism.

“This is the same guy who watched anti-Semites, their veins bulging, coming out of fields, literally carrying torches,” Biden said, referring to the deadly neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017.

“It was almost like a movie,” Biden said. “Preaching anti-Semitic bile. The same exact thing that was preached and hollered in the streets of Nuremberg in the thirties and throughout Germany, carrying swastikas. Kid gets killed, a young woman. President’s asked to comment, and he said there were very fine people on both sides.”

US President Donald Trump at a ceremony in the White House, January 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP/Steve Helber)

Trump’s defenders have said that his reference to “very fine people” at the time was to Civil War history buffs who oppose removal of the statues of Confederate heroes, the action the neo-Nazis were ostensibly protesting, and also note that Trump condemned neo-Nazis.

However, the protesters in Charlottesville on that day were overwhelmingly white supremacists and neo-Nazis, the march was organized by white supremacists, and most of the violence was planned and perpetrated by the marchers.

“That’s the single most important thing we have to excise,” Biden said, referring to white supremacy. “Have you heard him say a word about white supremacy? Have you heard him say a word that would lead anybody to believe he’s still not decided that the only way to win is divide the country?”

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