Biden said in an interview that President Donald Trump’s description of the 2016 election as a “basket,” or a “jumble of people who were not born in this country,” was wrong.
“It’s not a basket of people,” Biden told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Sunday.
“We have a president who wants to say things that are insulting to people.
He wants to call Mexicans rapists, he wants to get rid of people that were born here, and he’s calling people ‘deplorables.'”
Biden, who was a rising star in Democratic politics when he was the vice president in the 1990s, made the comments as he took part in a tour of the Capitol building.
“The fact is, we’ve got a president and his staff who want to say these things and they want to hurt people, and they have the power to do it,” Biden said.
“He’s a bully.
And it’s not just in the workplace.
It’s in the street.
It is a bully that he can do anything.”
Biden also took a shot at Trump’s own campaign rhetoric in which he referred to undocumented immigrants as “anchor babies.”
Biden told Cavuto that Trump was “not the first to use that language.”
“It was not something he was a fan of, but he was not the first,” Biden added.
Biden has come under fire from the left and the right for using a campaign rally in Miami in October to call for the immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
On Friday, Biden said he does not believe the border should be closed “until we get people who have been here all along, who are good Americans, who have not committed crimes and they can come back to this country.”
He also defended his comments about the term “anchors.”
“I don’t want people to think I’m saying that’s a racist term,” Biden replied.
“But the reality is, I don’t think we have to define ourselves in terms of race.
We can define ourselves and have an inclusive society.”
The former president, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month, said he was speaking out because he believes the country needs to focus on the issues that matter.
“There’s a lot of people in this room that have been working really hard for years,” Biden continued.
“And we need to listen to their concerns.
We need to support their dreams.
We’re not going to be satisfied with the way we’re governed.”
Biden’s remarks come a week after the president announced that he would begin to deport “anchored” undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for years and who have violated federal law.
“Today, the President announced his plan to begin deporting people living in this Country illegally who have entered the country in the past decade,” a White House official said in a statement.
“This will help close the cycle of millions of families losing their homes and livelihoods.”
The move is a direct response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement earlier this month that he was planning to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico and to end the DACA program, which provides a path to legal residency for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.