At a gathering to celebrate the end of Black History Month last night, Joe Biden told a boistrous crowd that he wants to thank Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, for making the American people look in the mirror.
"The American people are honest and they look in the mirror and see what's looking back at them," he said. "If we're smart, and we're lucky, I'm convinced that the American people are prepared over the next decade to gradually to deal with institutional racism."
The gathering happened at the Vice President's resident at the Naval Observatory. One week ago, Biden apologized to the president of Mexico for Trump's position on immigration when he visited that country. "Some of the rhetoric coming from some of the presidential candidates on the other team are, I think, dangerous, damaging and incredibly ill-advised," Biden said at the joint appearance with President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City.
Biden and other Democratic Party operatives have aimed to brand Republicans as racist to increase the black voter turnout to their ranks. The Democrats have unified around a message that racism is an institution in the United States that is stronger than ever that only they can solve.
Two days before the Democratic primary in South Carolina last week, Hillary Clinton told African Americans at a Baptist church in North Charleston to be afraid because they face barriers in economics, health and education. She said, "we have to be honest about systemic racism which is still a problem in America."
Republicans are taking hits at racist accusations from the Democratic Party and the media. When Trump did not respond to a reporter's message on Sunday about white supremacist David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, the media presumed he supported them. Trump later blamed his lack of a response on a faulty in-ear speaker that did not allow him to hear the entire question. He later disavowed Duke and the KKK.