Biden: Trump Used ‘Dog Whistle on Race - Now It’s a Bullhorn’

By Melanie Arter | September 14, 2020 | 10:14am EDT
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden waves as he walks out of the Delaware State Building, after voting in the Delaware state primary in Wilmington, Delaware on September 14, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden waves as he walks out of the Delaware State Building, after voting in the Delaware state primary in Wilmington, Delaware on September 14, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden accused President Donald Trump on Sunday of using a “dog whistle on race” that has now turned into a “bullhorn.”

During an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday, the former vice president tried to explain why Trump carried Macomb County, Mich., by 12 percentage points in 2016 – a county that Biden and former President Barack Obama carried twice.


Biden explained that Trump used a “dog whistle on race” to get voters.

“Look, I think, number one, a lot of them was taken for granted. When we ran, I spent a lot of in Macomb County, a lot of time in Detroit. I was given the responsibility of getting it out of its bankruptcy and getting it on its feet,” he said.

“I was the guy that was asked - the Recovery Act, make sure we made sure we were in a situation where we saved General Motors and Chrysler. I come from Claymont. You know Claymont, you're a Philly guy,” Biden told Tapper. 

“Claymont's a working class neighborhood. It used to be -- have 6,000 steel workers in Claymont. It shut down Worth Steel, but the point is that I think it was the feeling that they were taken for granted,” the former vice president said.

“I don't know that for fact, and I think that he used that dog whistle on race - now it's a bullhorn - and I think that -- look, the neighbors I come from, and I think, presumptuous of me to say, you come from, people don't want a handout, they just want a fighting chance. Just give me a shot, I've been looking for a shot,” Biden added.

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