During his campaign rally in Tulsa this weekend, President Donald Trump drew sharp contrasts between his record and that of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden — particularly with regard to minority voters.
When it came to the questions of race that have been sweeping the nation in recent weeks, Trump delivered a blunt message: “Racial justice begins with Joe Biden’s retirement from public life,” he said in video shared by Breitbart.
Trump blasts Biden on race
“Joe Biden is a shameless hypocrite,” the president complained, noting that Biden “has delivered fawning eulogies” at the funerals of “leading supporters of segregation, including a former member of the KKK,” a clear reference to late Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia.
“And yet Biden is now smearing as racist tens of millions of people like yourselves, decent, hard-working Americans who he has never met and frankly he probably doesn’t want to meet,” Trump declared, referring to the former vice president’s recent comment suggesting that between 10% and 15% “of people out there” are “not very good people.”
The president went on to trumpet his economic record, promising “a recovery like we’ve never seen,” while pointing the finger at his opponent’s trade and immigration policies and their effects on minorities.
“America should not take lectures on racial justice from Joe Biden, Sleepy Joe, a man who praised and partnered with segregationists, shipped millions of Black Americans’ jobs overseas–and everyone else’s jobs too, by the way,” Trump cautioned.
“He hollowed out our middle class–including our Black middle class–with open borders, trapped young children in failing government schools, built cages. Those cages were built by Obama and Biden,” the president continued.
That was a reference to images published in 2014 that showed minors who had been apprehended after unlawfully crossing the border.
Many revealed children being made to sleep in dirty, crowded enclosures on bare concrete floors without the benefit of blankets or pillows, and while the conditions depicted in those photos occurred during the prior administration, Trump has routinely been accused by activists on the left of having put migrant youngsters “in cages.”
“They sent young boys to fight in Iraq,” Trump continued in his rant against Democrats, “while the inner cities crumbled. Helped the big banks while hammering community leaders, and made our cities less safe and secure for all.
“They’ve done a terrible job and they should not be rewarded,” the president insisted. “They should not get rewarded with an election victory on November 3. It shouldn’t happen.”
The president concluded by declaring: “Virtually every policy that has hurt Black Americans for half a century, Joe Biden has supported or enacted. I’ve done more for the Black community in four years than Joe Biden has done in 47 years.”