While announcing his candidacy for the 2020 US presidential election in a video on Thursday, former US vice president Joe Biden, above right, warned that the global standing and character of the nation will be at risk if Trump is voted to power again.
Biden, 76, cited the Far Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 to remind voters that Trump is a misfit to lead the multi-racial and multi-ethnic nation.
Speaking on the clash between ultra-nationalists and counter-protestors in 2017 in which an anti-racism activist was killed by a far-right supremacist, Trump had said there were “very fine people on both sides” at the rally.
The comment caused wide outrage and Biden lashed at Trump in an article saying the soul of America was at stake.
On Thursday, Trump made a dig at Biden by calling him ‘Sleepy Joe’ while welcoming him to the race.
Left-leaning Justice Democrats said they do not believe Biden can defeat Trump. Even if Biden wins, he cannot fight growing racism and inequality, the party said.
They questioned him for his support for the Iraq war and a crime bill linked to mass incarcerations of African Americans.
Recently, he had to apologise for inappropriately touching or kissing some women.
Republicans described Biden as a failed politician. According to them, his two previous presidential campaigns had crashed and this time too, the outcome would not be different.
Despite criticisms, Biden is still the favourite among Democratic presidential candidates in opinion polls. Although some 20 Democrats are in the race, the contest will be mainly between Biden and Bernie Sanders.
A RealClearPolitics survey said 29.3% Democratic voters supported Biden while Sanders got the backing of only 23% voters.