Former Vice President Joe Biden addressed Democrats in a biting remark and called out Donald Trump, referring to his presidency as a “tragedy,” as well as accusing him of “shredding the core values of the United States, Newsweek reported.
“I look at the Trump presidency as a tragedy in two acts,” Biden said at the House Democrats Issues Conference at the U.S. Capitol last week.
“The first is to what we stand for as a nation, with the core values and our standing in the world and in many cases, the democracy,” Biden said, adding that the U.S. president’s “ugly and phony populism” is putting the country’s “moral fabric” to the test.
“You know what that fabric is made of. It’s made of decency. Just simple honesty. Just the notion that dignity and respect, treat your opponent as well as your friend with respect,” said Biden, who served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017, alongside former President Barack Obama.
The former vice president argued that the second element of the tragedy was that Trump’s conduct has diverted lawmakers from acting on far more important issues.
Biden continued by saying President Trump is doing “a great damage,” and that by focusing solely on “stopping the attack” the administration cannot properly focus on the real American values, such as restoring the middle class and the working class.
Furthermore, the former vice president slammed Trump for his “bullying” behavior.
“Don’t act like the neighborhood bully talking down to little so-and-so or fat so-and-so,” the former vice president said. Trump has previously referred to top Democrat Adam Schiff as “little Adam Schiff” and attacked North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as a “short and fat madman.”
“I mean, my God: It’s the president of the United States of America,” Biden said.
Biden said now is the time for lawmakers to “send a clear signal to the world that this nation is still a beacon of decency and hope.”
The former vice president said he was confident that the Democrats could win back the House of Representatives in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.