Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said that his campaign is about restoring the soul of America, The Hill reports.
“Our campaign is about restoring the soul of America by recognizing that our differences are precious and our similarities infinite,” Biden said in his Thanksgiving message to Americans.
“This Thanksgiving, let’s come together, declare who we are, and lift up each other. And it starts with saying thank you,” he added in the statement with his wife, Jill.
Biden previously has said that he made the decision to run for president after Trump’s reaction to the 2017 clash in Charlottesville, Virgnia., where white supremacists and counter-protesters got in conflict, for which the President said that there were fine people “on both sides”.
“When those folks came out of the fields in Charlottesville, veins bulging. Just coming out from under the rocks carrying torches [with] the same anti-Semitic bile that was spewed in Europe and in Germany in the ’30s, accompanied by white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, and a young woman gets killed,” Biden said in August.
“The President gets asked ‘well, tell us about what you think’, and he says there’s very fine people on both sides,” Biden continued. “For God’s sake, no President’s ever said that.”
The President has repeatedly defended his comments in the aftermath of the Charlottesville violence, calling his remarks “perfect” following Biden’s entrance into the 2020 race earlier this year.