Joe Biden: Donald Trump "Has Said Things No Other President Has Said Since Andrew Jackson"

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said President Trump has abandoned the theory that we are one people and has contributed to the "dumbing down" of how people talk about one another in society.

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, the Democratic candidate for president likened Trump's rhetoric to former President Andrew Jackson and the Ku Klux Klan.





"This is a president who has said things no other president has said since Andrew Jackson," Biden said in an interview Monday. "Nobody said anything like the things he's saying."

"There is no question that his rhetoric has contributed to at a minimum, at a minimum of dumbing down the way in which we as a society talk about one another," the candidate said.

"We the people. We hold these truths to be self-evident. He flies in the face of all of the basic things that we've never really met the standard, we've never abandoned it before. He looks like he's just flat abandoned the theory that we are one people," Biden said.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: That may be behind the rhetoric you're saying, an effort basically to stoke white supremacists or nationalists to at least give them a dog whistle.

FMR. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: They do have a dog whistle. They do have a dog whistle.

Look, this is a president who has said things no other president has said since Andrew Jackson. Nobody said anything like the things he's saying. And the idea that this doesn't contribute to or legitimate or make it more rational for people to think that we, in fact, can now speak out, we can speak out and be more straightforward and make this an issue, we've been through this before.

We went through this before in the '20s with the Ku Klux Klan and 50,000 people walking down Pennsylvania Avenue in their hats and robes because they decided they didn't want Catholics coming into the country. We went through it after the Civil War in terms of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacy. This is about separating people and the good and bad in his mind. It is about making -- it is about access to power. It is a trait used by charlatans all over the world, divide people, divide them and pit them against one another.

COOPER: If that is the case I mean it is a very dangerous game then that he is playing.

BIDEN: There is no question it's a dangerous game.

There is no question that his rhetoric has contributed to at a minimum, at a minimum of dumbing down the way in which we as a society talk about one another.

Look, we've always brought the country together. We've never -- we the people. We hold these truths to be self-evident. He flies in the face of all of the basic things that we've never really met the standard, we've never abandoned it before. He looks like he's just flat abandoned the theory that we are one people.

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