Many politicians have mocked Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, and Vice President Joe Biden was more than happy to take his turn during his speech at the opening night of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference.
Making a not-so-subtle reference to Trump’s hateful, racist remarks towards basically every minority, Biden said:
As the Jewish people know better than any other people, any action that marginalizes one religious or ethnic group imperils us all. It’s incumbent upon us, all of us, to stand up against those who traffic in pernicious stereotypes, who seek to scare and divide us for political gain.
The audience gave Biden a loud applause, and knew exactly who the vice president was talking about when he said:
Because the future belongs to the bridge-builders, not the wall-builders. That’s why we’re here. That’s why AIPAC exists, it exists to build bridges.
You can watch Biden in action below:
Biden is hardly the first to encourage “bridge-building, not wall-building” to call Trump out on his divisive rhetoric. Previously, Pope Francis said something very similar when speaking about the 2016 election. Just last week, California Governor Jerry Brown joked that they’d “have to build a wall around California” if Trump became president, and mocked Trump when he said, “We don’t like walls, we like bridges.”
Trump will be speaking at the pro-Israeli conference today, which has hundreds of attendees upset and pledging to walk out in protest during his speech. Several Jewish groups and leaders are even organizing boycotts of the speech. Paskin, a rabbi in Palm Beach Garden, Florida, explained:
This is not about policies, this is not about parties, this is about one particular person, Donald Trump, who has encouraged and incited violence at his campaign rallies. We are against the hatred, the incitement of hatred, the ugliness that has engulfed this political season.
We’re hoping thousands of people will join us in that protest. We’re going to be providing the antidote, we believe, to what Donald Trump is espousing.
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