Former Vice President Joe Biden is asking God's forgiveness for not speaking out against President Donald Trump before his wife Jill reassured the audience at an elegant fundraising dinner for human rights, the couple wants to. fight & # 39; against the thugs.
"Barack and I agreed to remain silent for a while to give this administration the opportunity to start functioning in the first year," Biden told the crowd at the annual fundraising gala of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C. Saturday night.
"God forgive me," he added, making the sign of the cross as the audience roared with applause and laughter.
When former Vice President Joe Biden began his speech, some people in the crowd shouted "Run Joe!" He replied: "Thank you."
Jill Biden told the crowd: "There's nothing that angers us more than a bully."
The last time Biden spoke about this dinner was three years ago, in 2015, when he was contemplating participating in the presidential contest of 2016. He finally restrained himself following the death of his son Beau.
But Beau stood out in his comments before the crowd, while weighing a challenge for Trump in 2020. He thanked the group for honoring Beau for his job as attorney general like Delaware.
And his wife, Jill Biden, who introduced, talked about how the couple wants to confront the aggressors.
"There is nothing that makes any of us more angry than a bully." There is nothing more unjust or unjust than people who use their power to try to make other people feel small, to tell them who they are or what they are capable of, to say that their identity does not belong, "he said.
"There's nothing that makes us want to fight more than that," he said.
Her comments came after she told the crowd how she challenged a bad boy as a child, going to him and hitting him in the nose.
But many listened to his comments as a reference to Trump.
Former Vice President Biden went further in his speech, accusing Trump of using the White House as an intimidating pulpit.
"Instead of using all the power of the executive branch to guarantee justice, dignity and security for all, the President uses the White House as a literal pulpit, literally intimidating, cruelly exercising his power over those who have little or nothing." , He said. He said.
When Biden started his speech, some people in the crowd shouted & # 39; Run Joe! & # 39; He replied: "Thank you."
He also used his comments to bring the crowd together to demand more from our leaders & # 39;
& # 39; What has become of us? & # 39; he said. "Our children are listening and our silence is complicit."
He also told the crowd of LBGT supporters that they have a fight ahead of them, noting that they are those against them who have a friend in Trump.
"Some of them are the scum of society," Biden said. & # 39; They, not you, have an ally in the White House & # 39;
"Those who try to excuse this kind of prejudice in the name of culture, I say," prejudice is prejudice and humanity is humanity, it is a crime, "Biden said, urging those who oppose Trump. stay engaged. "Our work has not yet been carried out with imagination. What is at stake is too high. "
"This is a deadly threat, we are in a fight for the soul of the United States," he said.
Both Bidens met with tremendous applause and goodwill from the heavily Democratic crowd.
The 75-year-old former vice president has said he will decide in January, after the intermediate exams, if he will run against Trump.
"I'd love it to be Biden," Trump told CBS News this summer.
Meanwhile, Biden promised to help the Democrats in the run-up to the November election and began his efforts at a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh with unionized workers, a group of middle-class workers he has appealed to during long time. a group that helped put Trump in the White House.
He joins former President Barack Obama to become increasingly eloquent of the president.
Obama launched a scathing attack on his successor's presidency last week, including a blow to the president's claim for the credit of a strong economy.
Joe Biden has said he will decide on a 2020 offer in January after the midterm elections
California Senator Kamala Harris, who was also mentioned for a 2020 offer, attended the dinner
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, another name mentioned for 2020, was there
Obama noted that the economy was on the rise when he left office.
"When I left office, the family income was close to its historical maximum, and the rate of uninsured people reached an all-time low, poverty rates were falling." I mention this just as you hear how good the economy is at this time, remember when this recovery began, "he said.
"I'm glad it's continued, but when they hear about this economic miracle that's been happening, when the work numbers come out, the monthly work numbers and suddenly the Republicans say it's a miracle, I have to remind them, actually, those work numbers are the same as in 2015 and 2016, "he added.
The annual fundraising gala of the Campaign for Human Rights is one of the must-see stops for Democratic politicians with greater ambitions.
Other potential Democratic candidates for Trump were spotted at the event, including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris.
Booker showed up early for dinner and was the first person to walk the white carpet, the New York Post reported.