He’s been floated as a possible 2020 presidential candidate and his recent speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner could be part of him ramping up that effort. In it, former vice-president Joe Biden took a page from former first lady Hillary Clinton’s playbook and attacked President Donald Trump—and his supporters.
He told the audience in regards to the LGBTQ community, “These forces of intolerance remain determined to undermine and roll back the progress you all have made. This time, they, not you, have an ally in the White House.”
He continued, “They’re a small percentage of the American people, virulent people, some of them the dregs of society. And instead of using the full might of the executive branch to secure justice, dignity, safety for all, the president uses the White House as a literal, a literal, bully pulpit.”
Biden refers to Trump supporters as “dregs of society”. This goes way beyond “deplorables”. pic.twitter.com/TrMMKHtsUk
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 16, 2018
Biden’s claim that Trump and his “dregs of society” supporters are against the LGBTQ community stands in stark contrast to the speech Trump gave at the RNC Convention in 2016, and the audience’s reaction to it. A video clip from the event shows something very different from what Biden asserts:
He said, “Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time the terrorist’s target: LGBTQ community.”
“No good. And we’re gonna stop it.” At this, the crowd went wild, many rising to their feet, erupting into cheering, applause, and chanting.
He continued, “As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful, foreign ideology. Believe me.”
Again the crowd went wild, those who were not already standing now did so, and the clapping, cheering and chanting picked up again. Trump was quick to comment on their reaction.
“And I have to say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said. Thank you.” The crowd cheered even more loudly after that.
But facts don’t seem to matter much when it comes to spewing hateful rhetoric in order to smear one’s opponent. Or their supporters, which seems to be a new, weird low — attacking voters when you are trying to get votes in an election.
It worked so well for Hillary Clinton, with her “deplorables” commentary. Oh, wait. She lost.
Remember this when you vote in NOV. Hillary and her party don’t care about you. It’s all talk to action. VOTE GOP. By the way listen to her say we are all bunch of deplorables.
— John A (@maga831116) September 9, 2018
Naturally, Trump had something to say about that. He trolled Clinton over it, and noted that the “deplorables” would never be ignored again. “They’re all going to be coming after you for every election from now on in this country.”
— Henry Petty (@SeasideHank) September 10, 2018