During a digital campaign celebration on Wednesday talking with the Service Personnel Global Union (SEIU), Biden praised the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants.”
“Never enable any individual convince you you’re not American in just about every single way,” Biden informed home treatment provider Suk Kim, who migrated from South Korea 40 a long time ago. “It really is an idea. We’re an notion. It is not centered on an ethnicity or race. I’m sorry I get so worked up about it, but it tends to make me so angry when I locate individuals based on the color of their skin or their nationwide origin are somehow considered in a different way.”
The Democratic candidate then pivoted to Trump’s attacks on China, one thing critics have alleged is xenophobic, especially when he refers to COVID-19 as the “China virus.”
“Seem what he’s executing now. He is blaming almost everything on China. He’s blaming almost everything on the Chinese… and people today you should not make a distinction, as you effectively know, from a South Korean and somebody from Beijing,” Biden ongoing. “They make no distinction, it really is Asian. And he is working with it as a wedge.”
Biden also accused Trump of becoming the “first” racist to be elected president.
“No sitting down president has at any time carried out this. In no way, hardly ever, under no circumstances. No Republican president has completed this. No Democratic president. We’ve experienced racists and they’ve existed and they’ve experimented with to get elected president. He’s the 1st just one that has,” Biden said.
Critics pushed back again towards Biden’s declare, citing 12 presidents who had been slaveowners as nicely as Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delanor Roosevelt as examples.
President Trump responded to Biden’s remark at Wednesday’s coronavirus activity pressure briefing, boasting he is completed far more for Black people than any president, with the “feasible” exception of Abraham Lincoln.