Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden (D) spoke to a group of supporters in Mount Pleasant, Iowa Tuesday and stated that four more years of Trump will “fundamentally change the nature of who we are as a country.”
Biden harped on many of the same talking points he made during previous campaign stops in the state, teasing the promise of finding a cure for cancer and accusing President Trump of sympathizing with dictators.
He took his remarks a step further, stating that Trump’s first term will go down in history as an “aberration.” Trump’s second term, Biden warned, would “fundamentally change” America’s nature.
“I’ll end by saying four years of Donald Trump will go down in history as an aberration,” Biden said. “No I really mean it. We’ve got a lot of work to do to make up for it domestically and internationally.”
“But eight years– eight years he will fundamentally change the nature of who we are as a country,” he continued.
“Folks, it’s got to end. Whether it’s me or not, it’s got to end,” he added. “We can’t let this happen.”
After that strong statement, Biden casually told the crowd that he overheard that Trump was listening to his (Biden’s) speech on Air Force One.
“I guess he’s really fascinated with me,” Biden mused. “I find it fascinating. You know what I mean? Yo–,” he said before trailing off and telling the crowd that his mother would have told him to “focus” and not “descend.”
Biden tried to end on a positive note, but it came with a caveat.
“I say this without any reservation,” he said. “I am more optimistic by America’s chances in the world today than any time since I have ever ever ever served in public life.”
Biden has been “serving” in public life for over 40 years.
“I’m not joking,” Biden said, before warning that his optimism would not apply if Trump serves another term.
“None of it matters if he’s in the White House,” Biden said. “We’re in a very different world. But with Donald Trump out of the White House, think of the opportunities we possess.”