Former Vice President Joe Biden officially announced he’s running for president in 2020 by playing the race card.
Putting an end to constant speculation if he would enter into an already crowded Democratic field, Biden’s video announcement heavily referenced a 2017 white nationalist group rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, taking aim at President Trump for describing the group as “very fine people.”
The accusation by Biden is false.
President Trump was referring to peaceful protesters for and against the removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, not the neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Here’s President Trump’s full statement:
Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.
Biden conveniently edited President Trump’s statement to score maximum political damage.
Tragically, the rally turned violent resulting in the deaths of Virginia State police officers, Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates and Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and counter-protester Heather Heyer.
Biden propagandized the tragedy in his video by reprimanding President Trump and calling the event a “defining moment.”
He scolded the president for equivocating between “those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.”
“At that moment, I knew that the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime,” Biden said, announcing his run for president.
Watch Biden’s video announcement:
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
President Trump responded to Biden’s announcement:
Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2019
Although Biden has name recognition and years of political experience, running against President Trump’s pro-growth economic environment will be a significant challenge for Biden which is why he’s playing the race card.