Joe Biden, speaking at black church, equates Trump to Ku Klux Klan

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 20th, 2020 2:19 pm

Last Updated Jan 20th, 2020 at 3:23 pm

In a speech delivered before a black congregation during Sunday church service, former Vice President Joe Biden equated President Trump to white supremacist hate group the Ku Klux Klan:

Standing behind a podium at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, Biden said he was fearful that the progress made since the Civil Rights Movement was in jeopardy and that Trump was to blame.

He linked Trump to the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to connect the president to racism, saying:

"This president and his — the Ku Klux Klans and the rest of them, they think they've beaten us again but they have no idea. We're just coming back."

Biden also spoke about Trump's comments during the 2017 Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the president referred to "very fine people on both sides."

Trump clarified that he was not calling neo-Nazis or white supremacists "very fine people" but rather the groups that opposed the removal of Confederate statues. Biden dismissed the president's explanation as "nonsense."

For context, the entire church service can be viewed below, with relevant comments at roughly the 1:02:00 mark:

🔦 The comment was reminiscent of a 2012 remark from then-Vice President Biden, leading up to President Obama's re-election. Addressing a diverse crowd which included many African Americans, Biden said of Republicans: "They're gonna put y'all back in chains."