Vice President Joe Biden called out President Trump both for his words and purported beliefs following his reported comment calling countries ‘s***holes,’ saying ‘We’re better than this.’
‘It’s not how a president should speak. It’s not how a president should behave. Most of all, it’s not what a president should believe. We’re better than this,’ Biden tweeted Friday morning.
Biden weighed in after the president on Twitter denied making the comment as reported, although Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois directly contradicted him.
Biden, who got a reputation for for public gaffes while in office, has not closed the door on a possible presidential run against Trump.
‘The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used,’ Trump wrote, using unusually passive language in an effort to walk back the comment.
The tweet came hours after a bombshell report about Trump’s comments, which the White House did not immediately deny.
‘Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?’ Trump said, according to two people who were briefed on the meeting and then leaked the comment to The Washington Post. He was fuming about the latest bipartisan deal on immigration.
Biden apologized after a 2007 comment where he said of then-Senator Barack Obama: ‘I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.’
Biden’s former Senate colleague Durbin came back to confront the president on the record.
‘You’ve seen the comments in the press,’ Durbin said. ‘I have not read one of them that’s inaccurate. To no surprise, the President started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. It is not true. He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.’
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who Trump mocked mercilessly during the campaign, blasted the ‘hateful racism’ implied by Trump’s quote.
United States Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says Trump ‘said things that were hate-filled, vile and racist’ at the Oval Office meeting
President Donald Trump reportedly told lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office that he was mystified about why the U.S. imports people from ‘s***hole countries’ in the Third World
‘For every one step forward @POTUS takes when it comes to judgement and good, coherent policy decisions, he Inexplicably and without fail takes ten steps back. I hope today’s comments were just a crass and flippant mistake, and do not reflect the hateful racism they imply,’ Bush wrote in a pair of tweets.
‘We need comprehensive immigration reform that reflects our values as a country and recognizes our economic needs. This requires a merit-based system that attracts talented, freedom-loving individuals from across the globe, whether they are from Haiti, Norway or anywhere else,’ he wrote.
Among those condemning the comments were Hatian-American Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, who called the reported comments ‘unkind, divisive [and] elitist’ and demanded that Trump apologize to Americans and nations he so ‘wantonly maligned.’
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine Tweeted Friday: ‘These comments are highly inappropriate & out of bounds and could hurt efforts for a bipartisan immigration agreement. The President should not denigrate other countries.’
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who hailed Trump as a great president after passage of the tax cut, Tweeted Thursday: ‘I look forward to getting a more detailed explanation regarding the President’s comments. Part of what makes America so special is that we welcome the best and brightest in the world, regardless of their country of origin.’