But in an interview with NPR’s Robert Siegel, Vice President Biden struck a hopeful tone, saying that Hillary Clinton and Democrats could be effective if she wins the presidency.
“I think when we appeal to the better angels of Americans, we’ve always succeeded. [Donald] Trump is out there doing something very dangerous,” Biden said, pointing to a recent column from Charles Krauthammer. The conservative pundit wrote that “such incendiary talk is an affront to elementary democratic decency and a breach of the boundaries of American political discourse.”
The 36-year Senate veteran argued later that even if Trump were to win, he might face opposition from his own party, many of whom have withdrawn their support recently as he faces allegations from multiple women that he forcibly kissed or groped them.
“I think you’ll have first and foremost, [the] Republican Party saying how do we stop Donald Trump’s policies,” Biden predicted.
The vice president didn’t think that there would be traction to Trump’s repeated claims that the election will be “rigged,” noting the Republican nominee said the same thing during the GOP primaries, which he ended up winning.
“There’s one way to make sure there’s no traction” on the “rigged” claims, Biden said. “Vote.”
Biden, who ran twice for president himself, had mulled over another run this election but ultimately passed. He was still mourning the death of his son Beau to brain cancer. He also talked to NPR about the cancer “moonshot” he is helping spearhead to try to find a cure for the disease.
Biden said he doesn’t have any regrets about not running and that it was “the right decision for me and my family, and I’m confident Hillary will do a great job.”
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