While President Trump is traveling Wednesday to El Paso, Texas, to pay his respects to the families of the victims and first responders. Joe Biden instead uses his time to create a link for the people between the president’s statements on immigration rhetoric and Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso. Claiming the president has “aligned himself with the darkest forces in the nation.”
“The danger that Donald Trump and the alt-right pose to this nation isn’t hypothetical,” Biden exclaimed.
Biden, trumps biggest ‘hater’ who leads the Democratic presidential nominees in polls, will speak at a campaign event in Burlington, Iowa this afternoon. “In both clear language and in code, the president has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,” Biden added.
Biden has expressed how next years election will be a fight for the “soul of the nation.” A statement he will emphasize again on Wednesday as he starts a four-day trip to the caucus state. Biden will compare, that the president “has more in common with George Wallace than George Washington.”
Biden will paint a picture of how former presidents of the United States have “stepped up” in moments like this. Including George W. Bush who visited a mosque following the 9/11 attacks and Barack Obama who sang “Amazing Grace” at a memorial for the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. But “we don’t have that today,” Biden will state.
“Trump offers no moral leadership; no interest in unifying the nation, no evidence the presidency has awakened his conscience in the least,” Biden will insist. “Instead, we have a president with a toxic tongue who has publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism, and division.”
Twenty-two innocent people lost their lives in Saturday’s shooting at an El Paso Walmart. The shooter had allegedly posted a hate speech against immigrants in the state just before the attack, said a law enforcement official.
On Monday, President Trump demanded Americans to condemn “racism, bigotry, and white supremacy” in an address on national television. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.” Placing the blame on violent video games and mental illness for the influences of mass shootings that have been a top issue throughout his presidency. Trump also expressed support for stronger death penalty legislation to those who commit mass shootings. He will be establishing additional resources toward helping to identify early warning signs before shooters act, and improving mental health laws.
That didn’t go over so well with Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. Booker attacked President Trump on Wednesday following Trump’s comments he made on Monday which he said has led to the shootings.
Speaking at a fundraiser in Colorado on Tuesday night, Biden said he never expected Trump to be a good president.”I had no idea that he would be as banal, mean, and bad as he is.” Adding that white nationalism and bigotry were dividing the country under Trump’s leadership.
The Biden campaign has long believed the former vice president’s candidacy is most active in moments when the stakes of defeating Trump are highest. A poll showed on Tuesday that almost half of Democrats believe Biden is the most effective candidate to face off with Trump in the general election. However, a lead of Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters state they favored an electable candidate versus one that continuously shares their personal views.