Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) argued Thursday that President Trump’s actions during his tenure have undermined the United States in the eyes of the world.
In an op-ed for The New York Times, Biden slammed Trump’s recent decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), his response to the Charlottesville, Va., attack and his administration’s view of “global affairs as a zero-sum competition.”
“Mr. Trump’s shameful defense of the white nationalists and neo-Nazis who unleashed hatred and violence in Charlottesville, Va., further abnegated America’s moral leadership,” Biden wrote.
“Not since the Jim Crow era has an American president so misunderstood and misrepresented our values.”
Biden, whose latest book is expected to be released later this fall, called on the United States to reclaim its moral standing in the world.
“You cannot define Americans by what they look like, where they come from, whom they love or how they worship. Only our democratic values define us,” the former vice president wrote.
“And if we lose sight of this in our conduct at home or abroad, we jeopardize the respect that has made the United States the greatest nation on earth.”
Biden also criticized Trump for embracing world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and said his decision to end DACA, which protected immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation, “betrays an unnecessary cruelty that further undermines America’s standing in the world.”
“Reclaiming our values starts with standing up for them at home — inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of the press,” Biden wrote. “If these are the democratic principles we wish to see around the world, America must be the first to model them.”