Did Joe Biden call Trump supporters the "dregs of society"? No, that's not true: The former vice president referred to "forces of intolerance" who "remain determined to undermine and roll back the progress" as the "dregs of society" in a speech to the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, D.C., in September 2018. But Biden said they were "a small percentage of the American people," and he said nothing to indicate he was talking about a large block of Donald Trump supporters. The idea that Biden, who had not yet launched his 2020 presidential campaign, was insulting everyone who voted for Trump was promoted by Trump's eldest son in a tweet.
Reminiscent of Hillary Clinton's infamous comment that Trump supporters were a "basket of deplorables," pro-abortion former Vice President Joe Biden made another negative reference to backers of President Donald Trump.
It's increasingly becoming the case that abortion activists are unable to provide a counter to President Trump and his supporters without engaging in hateful name-calling or violence.
This is what social media users saw:
Biden was specificially addressing hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and their opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights when he said:
They're a small percentage of the American people, virulent people. Some of them, the dregs of society.
Watch the speech here. It is cued up tp the relevant section:
Donald Trump Jr. used his Twitter account to suggest Biden was expressing disdain for all Trump supporters:
We are all used to Creepy Joe saying stupid stuff but this is too far even for him. https://t.co/vNiD9TDZg6-- Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 16, 2018
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