Former Vice President Joe Biden is asking for God’s forgiveness for not speaking up against President Donald Trump sooner as his wife Jill reassured the audience at a posh human rights fundraising dinner the couple wants to ‘pick a fight’ against bullies.
‘Barack and I agreed to remain silent for a while to give this administration the chance to get up and running in the first year,’ Biden told the crowd at the Human Rights Campaign annual fundraising gala in Washington D.C. on Saturday night.
‘God forgive me,’ he added, making the sign of the cross as the audience roared with laughter and applause.
The last time Biden spoke to this dinner was three years ago – in 2015 – as he was contemplating entering the 2016 presidential contest. He ultimately held back in the wake of his son Beau’s death.
But Beau featured heavily in his remarks to the crowd, as he weighs a challenge to Trump in 2020. He thanked the group for honoring Beau for his work as attorney general as Delaware.
And his wife Jill Biden, who introduced, talked of how the couple wants to take on bullies.
‘There is nothing that makes either of us more angry than a bully. There’s nothing that’s more unfair or unjust than people using their power to try to make other people feel small, to tell them who they are or what they are capable of, to say their identity doesn’t belong,’ she said.
‘There is nothing that makes us want to pick a fight more than that,’ she said.
Her comments came after she told the crowd how she challenged a mean boy as a child, going up to him and punching him in the nose.
But many heard her comments as a reference to Trump.
Former Vice President Biden went further in his speech, charging Trump with using the White House as a bully pulpit.
‘Instead of using the full might of the executive branch to secure justice, dignity, and safety for all, the President uses the White House as a literal, literal bully pulpit, callously exerting his power over those who have little or none,’ he said.
As Biden began his speech, a few people in the crowd yelled ‘Run Joe!’ He replied: ‘Thank you.’