Joe Biden may not have decided yet if he’s running in 2020 but he has already made up his mind about what Republicans think of minority voters.
The former vice president is sure the GOP is trying to undermine minorities with demands for voter identification laws, slamming as a “flat lie” President Trump’s claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
“It’s a lie,” he said Sunday during an interview with MSNBC host Al Sharpton. “The assertion the president made from the beginning is a flat lie.”
The former Delaware senator criticized the push for voter identification laws as proof that the GOP is trying to disenfranchise minorities.
“It’s what these guys are all about, man,” Biden told the East Harlem, N.Y. preacher. “Republicans don’t want working class people voting. They don’t want black folks voting.”
Noting that the interview was taking place at the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia, Pa., Biden dramatically put forth the idea that if the Continental Congress was holding its constitutional convention now and an amendment was introduced “saying people without a college degree can’t vote, you’d have 70 percent of the Republicans voting for that.”
Biden called for “automatic registration” for anyone turning 18, argued for convicted felons to be allowed to vote once they have served their time and said voter identification laws hurt lower-class people without access to a car.
“It’s a heck of a lot harder for that African-American or that white woman who lives in a middle, lower class neighborhood who doesn’t have an automobile, who is 68 years old, to go get an ID card to be able to vote,” he said. “Come on, man. This is all about keeping ordinary Americans from being able to vote.”
When the subject turned to the 2020 presidential election, Biden would not rule out running but said he still had not made a decision.
“I know I got to make that decision by, you know, by the end of this year,” he said.
“But you’re not ruling me out…” Sharpton asked.
“No no, I’m–I’ve been honest about this,” Biden responded “If the Lord almighty, Al, came down and said the nomination is yours, you have to accept it now. I would not. Because there’s too much more to…”
“But you’d say Lord, check with me…” Sharpton interjected.
At least one conservative would be thrilled to see Biden run against President Trump in 2020.
Joe, please run. Please. https://t.co/6rw7prCkD7
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 16, 2018
“That’s exactly right,” the former vice president told Sharpton. “And by the way, these polls are showing me winning and all this stuff. You and I both know they don’t mean a thing ’til you’re in the ring.”
“Right. But you and I both know, if Donald Trump gets by the Mueller investigation, Joe Biden against Donald Trump is really about the soul of America,” Sharpton replied.
“I would just say we are fundamentally different,” Biden said.
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