Former Vice President Biden blasts President Trump at a campaign rally in Ottumwa, Iowa. This is Biden's first of three campaign appearances Tuesday in Iowa.
JOE BIDEN: I believe that the president is literally an existential threat to America for three reasons.
One, he is a genuine threat to our core values. And if you wonder about that, remember what happened in Charlottesville. I never thought I would see that happen in my lifetime. You had people come climbing out of fields and out from under rock carrying torches with contorted faces, chanting the same anti-semitic bile that was chanted in Europe and Germany in the 30s. Same exact language. Carrying Nazi flags, accompanied by white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, and confronted by decent people who said, "Not in my city."
And what happened when he was asked to comment? He said, "There were very fine people in both groups." No president of the United States, Democrat or Republican, has ever said something like that. Never. And it was the response heard round the world. Most importantly, it was a response heard by our children who were listening. The idea that we'd give credit--
Look folks, America was built with basic core values -- decency, honor, leaving no one behind, realizing there are things that are bigger than you in America, that we have to cooperate. But this is a guy who does everything to separate and frighten people. It is about fear and loathing. It is about the way he calls people the names he calls them. No president does that, for God's sake. It is bizarre and it is damaging.
And so I think he's genuinely a threat to our core values and he's a threat to our standing in the world.
At the D-Day ceremony, it was astounding to me that he was tweeting attacks on everybody from the Mayor of London to Bette Midler. He found time to go after Bette Midler, for God's sake, in the middle of the D-Day ceremony. For real, not a joke. And instead of repairing the relationships with our allies, he continues to damage them.
Think about it, no president of the United States has ever, ever, ever since the end of World War Two when we built the Atlantic Alliance and NATO, has ever threatened to leave NATO. Never gone after our allies, embracing dictators and thugs from Putin to Kim Jong Un, calling them my friends, saying he loves them, while he's poking his finger in the eye of our allies. What is going on here? This is really dangerous stuff.
And it is not easy. He's a threat, in my view, to our core values. And folks, the fact of the matter is four years of Donald Trump will be viewed as an aberration in American history. Eight years will fundamentally change who we are as a nation and how we're viewed around the world.
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