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Biden: US Never Lived Up to 'All Men Created Equal'

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By    |   Saturday, 04 July 2020 01:54 PM

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden struck a tone critical of America's founding on Independence Day, saying America it has never lived up to the goal of "all men are created equal."

Biden's claim was shared via Twitter and a July 4 video:

"Our nation was founded on a simple idea: We're all created equal. We've never lived up to it — but we've never stopped trying. This Independence Day, let's not just celebrate those words, let's commit to finally fulfill them. Happy #FourthOfJuly!"

The quoting of the Declaration of Independence is something Biden once infamously botched in a campaign speech, stammering and giving up to say:

"We hold these truths to be self evident, all men and women create by, go, you know, you know the thing."

The line Biden was trying to say is:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Getting the quote right this time in his July 4 video, Biden proclaimed "we've never lived up to it."

It strikes opposion to the pro-America message of President Donald Trump on Friday night at Mount Rushmore.

Biden rejected America's "200 years of systemic racism."

"American history is no fairtale," Biden said in the video. "It's been a constant push-and-pull between two parts of our character: the idea that all men and women, that all people are created equal and the racism that has torns us apart."

Biden added a call to "give the marginalized, the demonized, the isolated, the oppressed a full share of the American dream."

"We have a chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country," Biden continued and adding we "remain locked in a battle for the soul of this nation."

"It's a battle we can and we will win," Biden said.

The Trump campaign fired back at Biden's divisive messaging.

"The idea that Biden, with his 40 plus years of DC failure, has any notion or ability to strengthen our union is absurd," Trump campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement, according to CNN. "Because of political pressure from the left, Biden is forced to agree that America was fundamentally flawed from the beginning and remains so today.

"By contrast, President Trump is proud of our history and believes strongly in our present greatness. His policies have provided more opportunities for more people than at any other time in America's existence."

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Striking a tone critical of America on Independence Day, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed the United States has never never lived up to the goal of "all men are created equal."
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