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Speaking to a predominantly black congregation at Bethlehem Baptist Church in South Carolina today, Joe Biden implied that President Trump and his supporters are in the same group as the Klu Klux Klan.
Biden told the congregation,
“Folks, some mornings I wake up and I think it’s more like what it must have been in 1920 than 2020,” later claiming,
“This president and his — the Ku Klux Klans and the rest of them, they think they’ve beaten us again. But they have no idea — we’re just coming back.”
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Fox News has more to say on Biden lumping Trump in with the KKK:
Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a speech before a mostly black congregation at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C., Sunday in which he spoke of race relations in terms befitting a biblical prophet warning of impending destruction.
Biden’s brief address the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day included tales of the Civil Rights Movement while expressing fear that the progress made during the 1960s was unraveling, at least in part due to President Trump.
“Folks, some mornings I wake up and I think it’s more like what it must have been in 1920 than 2020,” Biden said.
He went on to recall the efforts and success of the Civil Rights Movement, saying that at the time people “thought we began to move and that civil rights was beginning to make some real progress.”
Biden forebodingly claimed that this progress was part of a movement that “has not been able to be stopped until recently,” warning that while “I thought you could defeat hate … hate only hides.”
Chicago Tribune also said:
Former Vice President Joe Biden paid a visit to Sunday services at Bethlehem Baptist Church, a large black congregation here, urging the crowd to fight back against hatred and condemning President Donald Trump in some of his strongest language yet for heightening racial divisions in the country.
“This president and his — the Ku Klux Klans and the rest of them, they think they’ve beaten us again. But they have no idea — we’re just coming back,” Biden told the congregation.
“I thought you could defeat hate,” he said. “But hate only hides. It never fully goes away,” he added, pointing to the outbreak of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. “And they asked the president what he thought, and he said, ‘There were very fine people on both sides.’”
Referring to what he called a historic inflection point — when the police aimed fire hoses at civil rights activists in Birmingham, Alabama, during the 1960s, galvanizing more of the country behind their movement — Biden said that the country had reached a similar moment.
His remarks to the 1,300-member congregation were among the strongest condemnations of the president to date in a campaign season in which a number of leading candidates have harshly criticized the president’s posture on race and immigration.