Joe Biden on Tuesday blamed US veterans and former police officers for fueling white supremacy in the United States.
Biden was asked during the Feb. 16 session how his administration would address the threat to the United States from “Americans who embrace white supremacy and conspiracies that align with it.”
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“It is complex, it’s wide-ranging and it’s real,” the President answered. “You may — I got involved in politics to begin with because of civil rights and opposition to white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan.”
The Police Tribune reports:
President Biden took aim at the very same Americans who dedicated their lives to keeping the country safe.
“And you see what’s happening — and the studies that are beginning to be done, maybe at your university as well — about the impact of former military, former police officers, on the growth of white supremacy in some of these groups,” the President said.Advertisement - story continues below
“You may remember in one of my debates with the former president, I asked him to condemn the Proud Boys. He wouldn’t do it. He said, ‘Stand by. Stand ready.’ Or whatever the phrasing exactly was,” he recalled.
“It is a bane on our existence. It has always been. As Lincoln said, ‘We have to appeal to our better angels,’” President Biden said.
After the President finished insulting veterans and law enforcement, he pledged to end jail time for all drug offenders.
“No-one should go to jail for a drugs offense, no-one should go to jail for the use of a drug, they should go to drug rehabilitation,” President Biden said.