On Thursday, Donald Trump claimed Joe Biden was “against God” and that he would “Hurt the Bible. The former vice president called the president’s attack on his faith “shameful”; plus, more of today’s top stories Democratic election politics.
Biden responds to Trump’s “shameful” attack on his faith
Over the years, former Vice President Joe Biden has frequently spoken about his Catholic faith and credited it with helping him through personal tragedies such as the death of his wife and two children. During the 2020 campaign, Biden has recited Scripture on the campaign trail and, as a devout Catholic, has been known to carry rosary beads in his pocket.
On Thursday, speaking at the Cleveland airport, President Donald Trump attacked the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee over his faith, The Hill reported.
“Take away your guns, take away your Second Amendment. No religion, no anything,” Trump said, referring to Joe Biden. “Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God. He’s against guns. He’s against energy.”
The same day, the Joe Biden defended his faith and called President Trump’s allegations “shameful,” Politico reported.
“Like so many people, my faith has been the bedrock foundation of my life: it’s provided me comfort in moments of loss and tragedy, it’s kept me grounded and humbled in times of triumph and joy,” Biden responded in a statement.
“And in this moment of darkness for our country — of pain, of division, and of sickness for so many Americans — my faith has been a guiding light for me and a constant reminder of the fundamental dignity and humanity that God has bestowed upon all of us.”
Biden speaking gaffe raises eyebrows: Latino community is diverse, ‘unlike the African American community’
Joe Biden is apologizing for a comment that could be interpreted two ways and was inadvertently taken by many in a negative connotation that the former vice president says was not his meaning.
Biden made the gaffe while speaking during an interview on Wednesday hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists, Politico reports.
“Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things,” Biden said. “You go to Florida, you find a very different attitude about immigration than you do in Arizona. So it’s a very diverse community.”
What many believed Biden to have implied was that the African-American community was not as diverse at the Latino community.
The mistake on Biden’s part, of course, was the use and positioning of the word “unlike.”
Biden’s campaign responded to clarify that the comment was intended to describe the diversity of political opinion among Latino Americans and the statement was not making a judgment on cultural diversity.
Biden says undocumented workers should have benefits of other working Americans, and everyone should get a free COVID-19 vaccine if and when available
During an interview on Thursday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden stated that he believed working illegal aliens should have the same access to taxpayer-funded government programs as working Americans and stated that he would push for extending government-subsidized healthcare benefits to undocumented immigrants, Daily Wire reports.
“If they [undocumented workers] are working in the United States of America and they are paying taxes, they should have access to healthcare,” Biden said during an interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. “They should have access to what everybody else has access to.”
During the interview, Biden also clarified that everyone in the country, documented or not, should have access to a coronavirus vaccine if and when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.
“Every person in the country, whether they’re undocumented or documented, should have access to a vaccine if and when it occurs, should have access to testing and treatment and hospitalization, if it relates to the virus,” Biden said. “That should occur, period. It’s in the interest of everyone that everyone be taken care of, and everyone should be able to be eligible for that.”