Joe Biden claims 10-15% of Americans ‘are not very good people’ as he savages Trump

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The remarks came in an online discussion with actor Don Cheadle. Mr Biden has overtaken Trump as the bookies’ favourite to win the November election. When the discussion went to discuss George Floyd, Mr Biden said: “There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people.

“But that’s not who we are.

“The vast majority of the people are decent, and we have to appeal to that and we have to unite people — bring them together.”

The former Vice-President accused Trump of deliberately dividing the US.

He told Mr Cheadle: “The words a president says matter.

“So when a president stands up and divides people all the time, you’re going to get the worst of us to come out.

“The worst insult to come out.”

He added: “Do we really think this is as good as we can be as a nation?

“I don’t think the vast majority of people think that.”

Mr Floyd’s death whilst being detained by police has sparked outrage across the US and in other parts of the globe.

Though many protests over Mr Floyd’s death have been peaceful, some have taken a violent turn.

Trump suggested he would be prepared to use the Insurrection Act to mobilise the US Army to restore order.

However, his Defence Secretary Mark Esper has voiced opposition to such a move: “The option to use active duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort.


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“We are not in one of those situations now.”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany later told reporters that any decision would be made by the President.

A former Defence Secretary Jim Mattis also criticised Trump’s leadership in relation to the protests.

Trump responded by tweeting: “Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it.

“His nickname was ‘Chaos’, which I didn’t like, & changed to ‘Mad Dog’.”

John F. Kelly who was for a time, Trump’s chief of support, however, agreed with Mr Mattis and Mr Biden.

Mr Kelly explained in a live-streamed interview with Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director: “I agree with him [Mr Mattis].

“There is a concern, I think an awful big concern, that the partisanship has gotten out of hand, the tribal thing has gotten out of hand.

“He’s quite a man, Jim Mattis, and for him to do that tells you where he is relative to the concern he has for our country.”

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