News ID: 256066
Published: 0205 GMT July 20, 2019

Biden compares Trump to segregationist George Wallace

Biden compares Trump to segregationist George Wallace
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Joe Biden, the former US vice president ‌and Democratic presidential candidate, compared President Donald Trump on Friday to the late George Wallace, a prominent supporter of racial segregation.

Wallace, known for his white supremacist views, served as governor of Alabama for 20 years from 1967 and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination several times, Reuters reported.  

His 1972 presidential bid ended when he was shot, but he survived. Wallace died in 1998.

Biden, on a campaign swing in California, told a gathering that Trump is “more George Wallace than George Washington.”

Biden’s comment came amid allegations that Trump used racist language to criticize four women of color, all Democratic members of the US House of Representatives, who have been opponents of the Republican president.

In a tweet, Trump said, “They should go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

Three of the four women were born in the US. The fourth is a US citizen.

Biden said he was particularly concerned about the possible impact of Trump’s rhetoric on American children.

“Our children are listening to this. What the president says matters. It matters, because the president is the face of the nation,” he said.

Biden is among the 25 Democratic candidates vying to become the party’s nominee to take on Trump in the November 2020 election.

Biden said he launched his 2020 White House bid after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which took place in 2017. A woman protesting against the white supremacists was murdered during the rally. Trump said after the rally that there were “good people on both sides.”

At events in California on Thursday and Friday, Biden played up his relationship with former Democratic president Barack Obama, America’s first African American president.

 

   
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