Joe Biden had an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Monday night to talk about his new book and the state of the country one year after President Trump declared victory over Hillary Clinton.
Biden told Colbert, “what’s happening in the U.S. right now is a battle for the soul of this country.”
“How many of you are now worried about the stability of the republic? How many are now worried about this new phony nationalism and its ‘us against them’? How many are worried about this populism designed to essentially undermine the essence of the Bill of Rights?” Biden said. “I think people are worried.”
Colbert said that the last time Biden was a guest on the Late Show he said Trump should be given an even shot at doing the job.
“Have we given him enough of a shot at this point?” Colbert asked Biden.
Biden said that Trump’s reaction to the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, was a turning point.
Trump was criticized by the left for not condemning strongly enough violence perpetrated by “white supremacists” and “neo-Nazis”.
Even though President Trump immediately came out to denounce the violence and even made public statements “four times”, following the events in Charlottesville!.
“Charlottesville, for me, was a moment where I thought silence would be complicity,” Biden stated.
“The idea that you would see, in America, in a historic city, Nazis carrying flags, spouting the same bile about Jews that was spouted in Germany in the 30s, and then these guys crawling out from under rocks with torches, and to not have an outright flat condemnation of that,” Biden said. “I thought the silence was deafening.”
He added that it’s not just the president, and he finds Steve Bannon and the alt-right to be “reprehensible.”
He said he hopes that the Trump presidency will go down as “the single exception in American history.”