Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sees the majority of Americans as decent people, but views up to 15% of citizens “not very good people.”
During a virtual town hall on Thursday night, June 4, moderated by actor Don Cheadle, Biden discussed what his administration would do to push for racial equity in office following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
Biden claimed that President Donald Trump has been a leader who “stands up and divides people all the time,” and gets “the worst of us to come, the worst in us to come out.”
“So when a president constantly talks about equality without lecturing, talks about and has an administration that looks like the country and the rest it changes attitudes. And it’s about the attitude of the country,” he said.
“Do we really think this is as good as we can be as a nation? I don’t think the vast majority of people think that,” Biden continued.
The former vice president said, “There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there who are just not very good people,” but the vast majority of citizens are decent and want to make the country a better place.
Biden said, if elected, “We have to appeal to that and we have to unite people. Bring them together.”
Biden’s remarks echoed a controversial comment by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election that half of Trump’s supporters were a “basket of deplorables,” which subsequently became one of the most remembered quotes of her failed campaign.