13:19 Jul. 29, 2016
Vice President adds that Trump's 'cynicism is unbounded'
Vice President Joe Biden electrified the capacity crowd at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night as he delivered a withering takedown of Donald Trump and offered his full-throated support of Hillary Clinton.
He assailed the Republican presidential nominee, a man he described as historically unqualified to be commander in chief, dangerous and — despite his campaign slogan — oblivious to what makes America great. With the complicated, uncertain world of today, Biden said, Americans can't risk electing Trump.
"The threats are too great, the times are too uncertain to elect Donald Trump as president of the United States," Biden warned. "Now let me finish: No major party — no major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security."
Biden suggested that to elect Trump president would be to betray this country's values. "We cannot elect a man who exploits our fears of ISIS and other terrorists, who has no plan whatsoever to make us safer, a man who embraces the tactics of our enemies — torture, religious intolerance," he said.
He presented Clinton's life story as a tale of a selfless woman who's always been there for others and hailed her as the only candidate who will come to the aid of families struggling to make ends meet, put students through college and take care of the elderly.
"That's not Donald Trump's story," Biden said, before launching into a takedown of the billionaire. "His cynicism is unbounded. His lack of empathy and compassion can be summed in a phrase I suspect he's most proud of having made famous: ‘You're fired.' I mean, really, I'm not joking."