In short, Biden was disgusted by it.
‘We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with message of comfort and support,’ Biden said, as he hinted Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio was what motivated him to pen the piece.
He starts it by recalling January 17, 2009, as an Amtrak train carrying President-elect Obama was to pick up Biden, too, from a station stop in Wilmington, Delaware.
As he was about to take his historic trip into D.C., to be sworn in alongside the nation’s first African-American president, his mind thought back to 1968, when he was standing on that platform and watching Wilmington burn in the aftermath of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
‘I was living history – and reliving it – at the same time,’ Biden recalled ‘And the images racing through my mind were a vivid demonstration that when it comes to race in America, hope doesn’t travel alone.’
That ‘long trail,’ he said, emerged once again in Charlottesville earlier this month when ‘neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and white supremacists emerging from dark rooms and remote fields and the anonymity of the web into the bright light of day on the streets of a historically significant American city.’
Biden said he believed ‘we are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.’
‘The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human forces are being met with ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest in American,’ he said.
‘Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a right?’ the ex-vice president mused.