Stressing that "the core values that built this nation are at risk," former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday said the upcoming midterm elections are “bigger than politics,” The Hill reported.
During a speech for the Rhode Island Democratic Party, Biden emphasized that his declaration was not hyperbole, because "our institutions are under assault," and the “invisible moral fabric that holds up a society, a democracy, is being shredded."
Tearing into the Trump administration, Biden said, "We can’t be the generation that let the core values of our institutions and this nation and our standing in the world be destroyed," arguing that “our Republican colleagues are complicit by their silence."
He also slammed the GOP’s handling of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying “we witnessed from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee a degree of invective, blind rage and brute partisanship that threatens not only the Senate and the Supreme Court - it threatens the basic faith the American people have in our institutions."
Biden, who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for years, also criticized Trump for his handling of foreign policy.
Biden said he received calls from world leaders who asked him, "'What’s happened, Joe?... What’s going on? What happened to that shining city on the hill?'"
"I understand the president said in West Virginia that he loves the president of North Korea because they’ve exchanged letters," he said, referring to Trump's remarks on Saturday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have fallen "in love."
"Look, I’m not looking for a war but I’m looking for some reality," Biden said.
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