After attracting rebukes within his own party for his talk about working civilly with segregationist lawmakers, former Vice President Joe Biden is invoking the nation’s racist leaders of the past in a new context this week.
Specifically, the 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner took aim at President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on women of color serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He called the behavior “more George Wallace than George Washington,” referencing the notoriously racist former Alabama governor.
“Our children are listening to this,” Biden said. “What the president says matters. It matters, because the president is the face of this nation.”