Joe Biden bashed President Donald Trump Tuesday as a 'conman' who appeals to the worst in Americans as he claims the president has 'waved the white flag' in surrendering to the coronavirus pandemic.
The former vice president made his remarks in Warm Springs, Georgia, a town known for its mineral springs – and he vowed to be the man who will 'heal this nation' as Hunter's daughter, Finnegan, joined him for the trip down south.
'Time and again throughout our history, we have seen the charlatans, the conmen, the phony populists — who have sought to play to our fears, appeal to our worst appetites, and pick at the oldest scabs we have for their own political gain,' Biden said during his campaign stop.
'They appear when the nation has been hit the hardest and we're at our most vulnerable,' he continued, in reference to Trump. 'Never to solve anything. Always to benefit themselves.'
Biden also attempted to appeal to the large demographic – nearly 85 per cent – of Christians in Georgia by quoting Pope Francis, who has been an open critic of Trump since his candidacy in 2015, in calling the president a 'populist.'
Democratic nominee Joe Biden called Donald Trump a 'conman' during remarks in Warm Springs, Georgia Tuesday as he claimed the president has surrendered to the pandemic
'Time and again throughout our history, we have seen the charlatans, the conmen, the phony populists — who have sought to play to our fears, appeal to our worst appetites, and pick at the oldest scabs we have for their own political gain,' Biden said, referring to Trump
Biden's granddaughter, Hunter's daughter, Finnegan Biden (right) joined the former vice president for his campaign stop in the southern state
'In his recent encyclical Pope Francis warns us against this phony populism that appeals to the 'basest and most selfish' instincts,' Biden said. 'Then he says this: 'Politics is something more noble than posturing, marketing and media spin. These sow nothing but division, conflict and a bleak cynicism'
'Pope Francis has asked questions that anyone who seeks to lead this great nation should answer,' Biden said, referring to his question on why people seek leadership.
'And my answer is this: To unite this nation. To heal this nation,' Biden said.
For much of his remarks at Mountaintop Inn & Resort in Warm Springs, Biden focused on the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic, which he has deemed dismal and has been one of the major attack lines of the former vice president's campaign.
'Today we are facing a public health crisis of historic proportions, and with winter at hand, it's getting worse,' Biden said, repeating his notion that Americans are heading into a 'dark winter'