Joe Biden: ‘Donald Trump Didn’t Invent Racism, But He Sure Has Promoted It’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Wednesday that President Donald Trump as promoted racism.

Noah said to Biden: “Talk me through how you would plan to undo systemic oppression, how you would plan to undo systemic racism, and how you think you will address the needs of the African-American community.”

“Well, first of all it’s going to take time,” said Biden.

“You know,” he continued, “Donald Trump didn’t invent racism, but he sure has promoted it. And it’s systemic, it’s been real.”

Here is a transcript of the exchange between Trevor Noah and former Vice President Joe Biden when Noah asked him about his plans to “undo systemic oppression,” “systemic racism,” and “address the needs of the African-American community:

Trevor Noah: “Talk me through how you would plan to undo systemic oppression, how you would plan to undo systemic racism, and how you think you will address the needs of the African-American community.”

Joe Biden: “Well, first of all it’s going to take time. You know, Donald Trump didn’t invent racism, but he sure has promoted it. And it’s systemic, it’s been real. The disparities in the country, especially in the economy right now, the combination—There’s just an awful combination: COVID-19, unemployment, systemic racism, and what’s happening in terms of the way in which the George Floyd’s death took place.    

You know, I think about it, when I was a kid what really changed and sparked the civil rights movement, when I was a kid, when I was just involved in it–no great shake, just a high school or college student–was that television was around. And television came around when they saw what Bull Connor was doing in Birmingham, Alabama, people went: Woh, I didn’t know that really happened in America.

Noah: “Right.”

Biden: “And, then, now today, everybody, not only should cops be wearing bodycams, everybody has a bodycam—everybody has a cell phone.  If the last words of George Floyd—‘I can’t breathe’—they would have been consequential, but if they had not seen him take his last breath none of this would have been nearly as consequential. Because people are now saying: My God, did you see that.

“And it’s one of those inflection points.”



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