Joe Biden goes after President Trump in a scathing new op-ed in the Atlantic. The former VP takes particular issue with Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, declaring that the president "proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate" and "emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support." Biden also mentions Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and concludes that Trump's "contempt for the U.S. Constitution and willingness to divide this nation knows no bounds."
Biden sees all of this adding up to a pivotal moment—"we are living through a battle for the soul of this nation"—and says that Americans must do what Trump will not by clearly denouncing hate groups. "We have to remember our kids are watching." As the Hill notes, the essay comes amid rumors that the 74-year-old Biden is considering one last run for the presidency in 2020, though he has publicly denied that. (Read Biden's full essay here.)