The vice president was speaking at a reception for Hispanic heritage month in Washington on Tuesday when he called out the GOP front-runner during a “deadly earnest” message to minorities who shouldn’t “be down right now about what’s going on in the Republican party.”
“I want you to remember, notwithstanding the fact that there’s one guy absolutely denigrating an entire group of people, appealing to the baser side of human nature, working on this notion of xenophobia in a way that hasn’t occurred in a long time since the Know Nothing party at the end of the 19th century,” he said.
“This will pass — Trump, and the stuff you are hearing on the other team — this isn’t about Democrat or Republican, it’s about a sick message,” he said. “This message has been tried on America many times before. We always always, always, always overcome it.”
Biden was said to have been considering a run for the presidency in 2016, but recently told Stephen Colbert that he and his family may not have the emotional strength to make a run for the White House in light of his son’s death.
Trump’s remarks about immigration have sparked outrage in the past couple months.
During his presidential announcement speech, Trump called undocumented Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals,” among other pejoratives. Since the remarks, a host of companies, including Univision, NBC and Macy’s, have severed ties with the mogul/politician.
However, the real estate billionaire is still sitting first place in polls ahead of his Republican opponents. And according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, a majority of Republicans believe the former reality star has the greatest chance of winning the 2016 election.