Joe Biden gave an impassioned speech about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights on Sunday at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, D.C. But despite reports that he called all supporters of President Donald Trump ‚Äúthe dregs of society,‚ÄĚ video of Biden‚Äôs speech shows otherwise.
The former¬†Vice President, 75, was discussing the violence against the LGBTQ community during his speech and how ‚Äúforces of intolerance remain determined to undermine and roll back the progress‚ÄĚ many have made.
He then mentioned that those people who want to take away LGBTQ rights ‚ÄĒ like members of the alt-right and the KKK ‚ÄĒ have an ally in President Trump. But never did Biden specifically say that all of ‚ÄúTrump‚Äôs supporters‚ÄĚ fell into that category.
Referring to those who attack the LGBTQ community, Biden said, ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre a small percentage of the American people, virulent people. Some of them, the dregs of society.‚ÄĚ
Regardless, Biden‚Äôs words were criticized by Trump voters, who compared his remarks to Hillary Clinton calling Trump supporters ‚Äúdeplorables‚ÄĚ during the 2016 presidential election.
‚ÄúWe are all used to Creepy Joe saying stupid stuff but this is too far even for him,‚ÄĚ Trump‚Äôs son, Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted.
Biden did speak about how Trump has seemingly turned his anger to those who don‚Äôt have rights.
‚ÄúInstead of using the full might of the executive branch to secure justice, dignity and safety for all, the president uses the White House as a literal, literal bully pulpit, callously exerting his power over those who have little or none.‚ÄĚ
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He also addressed why the August 2017 ‚ÄúUnite the Right‚ÄĚ rally in Charlottesville, Virgina ‚ÄĒ and the death of 32-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer ‚ÄĒ inspired him to speak out about the Trump administration, after previously promising former President Barack Obama that he would ‚Äúremain silent for awhile to give this administration the chance to get up and running the first year.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúGod forgive me,‚ÄĚ Biden said on Sunday.¬†‚ÄúI could not remain silent after Charlottesville.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis is about basic decency,‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúThe idea that goons could come out of fields at night with lighted torches, carrying Nazi flags, chanting the same exact anti-Semitic bile that was chanted in the streets of¬†Nuremberg, and Berlin, and every other German city in the ‚Äô30s. We are in a fight for America‚Äôs soul. And we have leaders who at the time when that occurred, when these guys were accompanied by white supremacists and the Klu Klux Klan, making a comparison saying ‚Äėthey‚Äôre good people on both groups.‚Äô ‚Äú
Asked Biden: ‚ÄúWhat has become of us? Our children are listening and our silence is complicity.‚ÄĚ