Vice President Joe Biden gave a fiery address at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, blasting Donald Trump’s cynicism and touting Hillary Clinton’s professional record and political understanding.
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Referring to Clinton, Biden said “Everybody knows she’s smart, everybody knows she's tough, but I know what she's passionate about. I know Hillary.”
“That's not Donald Trump’s story,” Biden says to applause. "His cynicism is unbound, his lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in the phrase: 'You're fired.' Think about that: How can there be pleasure in saying ‘you're fired’? That’s a bunch of malarkey,” Biden says to Trump's claims he understands the middle-class.
He credited the middle class for America’s strength and unity. “When the middle class does well, the rich do very well and the poor have hope,” he said. “[Trump] does not have a clue about the middle class, not a clue.”
Pivoting to foreign policy, Biden struck a serious tone and said America "cannot elect a man who exploits our fears about ISIS and terrorism."
He blasted Trump as "a man who embraces the tactics of our enemies," like torture, and "betrays our values, alienating those we need in the fight against ISIS.”
"Donald Trump, with his rhetoric, literally makes us less safe. A man who seeks to sow division in America for his own gain. A man who confuses bluster with strength. We simply cannot let that happen as Americans, period."
He also took shots at the Republican nominee’s knowledge of foreign policy, saying “No major nominee has ever known less, or has been less prepared to deal with our national security.”
“This is complicated and uncertain world we live in,” he said. “The threats are too great, the times are too uncertain to elect Donald Trump.”
Biden ended his speech on a more optimistic note, commending the American people for their resilience against fear-mongering presidential candidates. “We do not scare easily. We never bow, we never bend, we never break with crisis. No; we endure, we overcome, and we always, always move forward,” he said.
“The 21st century is going to be the American century,” he declared. “We lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.”