“The core values of this nation … our standing in the world … our very democracy … everything that has made America — America — is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States,” the Delaware Democrat tweeted.
With the tweet, he posted a video centered around the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests in August 2017, against removing a Confederate statute, that left three people dead.
He criticized President Trump’s response at the time to the riots, where the president said there were “very fine people on both sides.”
“With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those who had the courage to stand against it, and in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike anything I had seen in this lifetime.”
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