Nov 14, 2017, 3:20 AM ET

Biden hopes Trump's presidency will be 'single exception in American history'


Former Vice President Joe Biden said he vowed to give Donald Trump an "even shot" after the election, but the president's response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, forced Biden to change his perspective.

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"There are certain things that, when they occur, you just can't remain silent, and Charlottesville, for me, was a moment where I thought silence would be complicity," Biden said in an interview on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Monday.

"To not have an outright, flat condemnation of that … I thought the silence was deafening," he added.

Biden said the violence surrounding a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August — including a car-ramming attack that left one person dead and 19 others injured — made him want to speak out against racism.

Trump faced harsh criticism from political leaders — Democrats and Republicans alike — over his initial response to the rally and his failure to call out neo-Nazis and other hate groups by name.

Asked if he thought Trump's time in the Oval Office might influence future presidencies, Biden said, "I think it will, God willing, go down as the single exception in American history."

"I mean, I just think there's an attack on the system, and I think people are worried, and by the way, and it goes beyond President Trump, in my view," he added.

Biden, who stopped by the show while on a press tour for his new book, "Promise Me, Dad," refused to say if he would consider running for president in 2020.

"I want to focus on Beau and my grandkids. We'll see where it goes," he said, referring to his son who died of brain cancer in 2015.

Biden, 74, told NBC News' "Today" show on Monday that he hadn't made up his mind about whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

"I'm not closing the door. I've been around too long," he said. "I'm a great respecter of fate."

"But who knows what the situation is going to be a year and a half from now? I don't have any idea," he added.

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  • steve

    Neither of the big 2 political parties gave us a better option. Obama gave us class warfare and a renunciation of "equality before the law." Hillary would have continued this endless favoritism and class warfare. The social carnage of Obama simply got so bad, that voters voted that it stop. There really wasn't a good option.

  • SpinalRemains

    It starts in the home. If you raise ignorance, they vote in an ignorant manner.

  • jkyjks

    Joe Biden is a class act. A good man staring us right in the face. Make America Great Again: Ask, no, tell, Biden to run and win.

  • Annrkey N Koz

    "If he's unfit, you must impeach" Johnnie Cochran (1937-2005) from the Twilight Zone co-producer Rod

  • ralphpetrillo

    Basically anyone can be President after watching Trump.

  • Walking Fool

    When Biden speaks, nobody listens.

  • Prophet With Honor

    Keep 'em guessing Joe.

  • UnaMas80

    I've talked to several Trump supporters. Sadly so many of them are on a fixed income. I asked why the support Trump. Most of them replied in terms of the racial aspect - keep them dern illegal aliens outta here! But when I told them he wants to cut medicare, social security, the ACA and other assistance programs they THEY relied on they denied that Trump would do that. They were completely oblivious to the gross impact on their own lives. Granted, this is anecdotal, but it seems likely that there is a significant portion of Trump supporters that just don't get it.

    He ran on a campaign of hate and fear and racism. And he won. That's very scary.

  • thinkmore

    ABC: The headline of this article does not reflect what Biden is reported to have said.

  • Thomas

    My hope is that the bright part of a Trump Presidency is to kill forever this fantasy of electing an "outsider" as PotUS. PotUS is not an entry level job.

  • Niltsi

    Yes, Trump is different! Change is exactly what we wanted, and he is bringing it. We may vote in a back-to-status-quo-bureaucrat like Biden or Clinton next time, but man I'm enjoying the ride this go around.

  • ItsOnlyaFleshWound

    So, Biden's going to run in 2020 when he's 77? Or Bernie will run at 79? Or, maybe that kid Hillary will take another shot at it, as she'll "only" be 73. Where the HECK are all the younger folks?

  • Thomas F Sercu

    What Joe Biden does not get is that Trump has brought the office to the people again. FDR used to have fireside chats on the radio, Trump has Twitter. What's the difference? Trump is communicating with us also like FDR not ignoring us as past Presidents have. That's what got him elected and the press and Dems still don't get it and never will. DRAIN THE SWAMP!! put people in office that have a serious agenda besides getting rich and having massive pensions when they retire.