Biden said that President Trump engaged in the “spreading of racism, the way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they’re from, is absolutely sickening.”
“No sitting president has ever done this,” Biden said. “No Republican president has done this — no Democratic president. We’ve had racists, and they’ve existed, they’ve tried to get elected president. He’s the first one that has.”
Either this is another Biden gaffe or he is ignorant of history. For example, progressive Democrat President Woodrow Wilson said that: “In the matter of Chinese and Japanese coolie immigration, I stand for the national policy of exclusion. We cannot make a homogenous population out of people who do not blend with the Caucasian race… Oriental Coolieism will give us another race problem to solve and surely we have had our lesson.”
Additionally, Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt oversaw the forced relocation and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
Shortly after Biden’s claim, the Biden campaign attempted to explain what he meant.
“There have been a number of racist American presidents, but Trump stands out — especially in modern history — because he made running on racism and division his calling card and won,” senior adviser Symone Sanders said. “He deliberately foments both, intentionally causing indescribable pain because he thinks it advantages him politically.”