Joe Biden angrily called Trump “deplorable” and “damnable” as he responded to reports that the President had made disparaging remarks about those wounded and killed at war.
Earlier in a speech Trump had called wounded veterans and those killed in battle as “suckers” and “losers”. Trump has forcefully denied the report.
Biden said that based on Trump’s previous attacks on the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona for being captured in Vietnam, he believes the report is true.
He said, “If it is true and based on everything he has said I believe the article is true, I would ask you all the rhetorical question : How do you feel ? How would you feel if you had a kid in Afghanistan right now? How would you feel if you lost a son, daughter, husband, wife? How would you feel, for real?”
he also said, “I have never been as disappointed in my whole career with a leader I have worked with, president or otherwise, it is really disgrace. I its absolutely damnable.”
Biden lambasted Trump for raising unfounded alarm about the potential for voter fraud in November’s election and for encouraging believers in the conspiracy theory.
Biden said, “This cannot go on, its a deconstruction of a democratic society. The words of a president matter, even a lousy president. It gives encouragement to people who are spouting irrational views.”
He also said, “Presidents of the US should be presidential and should lead by example, as well as make clear exactly where they stand. Getting down in the gutter like the President does, saying things that he would be inclined if we were behind a barn somewhere, would be a different thing. But that is not the job of a president.”
He said, Trump should humbly apologize to every Gold Star mother and father and every Blue Star Family that he has denigrated and insulted. who the heck does he think he is?”
Biden said for the first time that he had been tested once for coronavirus and plans to be tested regularly moving forward.