On Tuesday night, Vice President Joe Biden, who is widely expected to announce his entry into the presidential race in short order, ripped into Republicans with regard to their position on illegal immigration. Speaking before the Latino Victory Project, Biden accused Republican 2016 candidates of “beating” Hispanics.
Biden said that during Hispanic Heritage Month, he held a dinner at which “people walked in like literally down because of the beating, the beating Hispanics are taking at the hands of the Republican caucus…I mean the Republican presidential race.” Biden then continued:
People are depressed. And the message I have for you guys is these guys don't remotely speak for America. The American people are so much better. They are so far beyond. They are so, so, so much different than these guys who are appealing to everything from homophobia to this notion of the like know nothing party of the late 1800s.
Biden then touted his own sponsorship of a motor voter registration bill during his days in Congress.
This is hardly the first time Biden has accused Republicans of abusing minorities, or likened them to criminals.
This is hardly the first time Biden has accused Republicans of abusing minorities, or likened them to criminals. In 2012, Biden suggested that Mitt Romney and Republicans wanted to put black Americans “back in chains.” In 2011, Biden said that Republicans who did not want to raise the debt limit “acted like terrorists.”
Other Democrats have utilized similar language. Weeks ago, Hillary Clinton said that anyone opposing funding for Planned Parenthood was terrorist-like; she also said that Republicans wanted to ship illegal immigrants out of the country in Nazi-like “boxcars.” And Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker of giving women "the back of his hand."
But just remember, it's those nasty Republicans who use over-the-top rhetoric, not Democrats.