President Trump slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for doing a “poor job” as Vice President under the Obama Administration, saying this attributed to the former real estate developer in mounting a run for the presidency in 2015.
“You know Joe, I ran because of you,” Trump said during the second and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee. “I ran because of Barack Obama, because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would’ve never run. I would’ve never run. I ran because of you.”
Trump’s remark came during the debate portion segment on “Race in America” where he took aim at Biden for his role when he was senator in crafting the 1994 crime bill. The controversial bill known in the past as “Biden Bill” that was the catalyst for mass incarceration that disproportionately impacted the minority communities, especially Blacks.
“He’s been in government 47 years, he never did a thing, except in 1994, when he did such harm to the black community, and he called them superpredators,” Trump said. “Criminal justice reform, Obama and Joe didn’t do it. I don’t even think they tried because they had no chance at doing it.”
Biden didn’t defend his past action in creating this controversial bill, instead steering the conversation to propose what he would do if he’s elected to reform the criminal justice system that he help formatted. His plan calls for offering $20 billion to states to change their mandatory minimum laws for non-violent crimes and to set up drug courts to divert those convicted on drug charges.
Trump then questioned why Biden didn’t push for his proposed reform plan during his tenure as vice president. He knocked Biden for being a typical politician who is all talks but fails to follow through on their promises.
“Why didn’t you do that four years ago, even less than that?” Trump asked rhetorically. “Why didn’t you when you vice president? You keep talking about all these things you’re going to do, and you’re going to do this, but you were there just a short time ago and you guys did nothing.”
The former Vice President didn’t fight back on Trump labeling him of being a typical politician, again shifting the conversation away from his 47-year political career record to talk about “character.”
“What’s happening here is, you know who I am. You know who he is, you know his character, you know my character, you know our reputations for honor and telling the truth,” Biden said. “I am anxious to have this race. I’m anxious to see this take place.”
He added. “The character of the country is on the ballot. Our character’s on the ballot, look at us closely.”
There are now just 11 days until Election Day with Trump having a busy and hectic schedule crisscrossing the country with a main focus on swing states. Biden, at the moment, hasn’t revealed his upcoming campaign travel schedule following his planned press conference on Friday. Biden will remain in Wilmington, Delaware to deliver his speech on COVID.