Vice President Joe Biden spent Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention explaining to the press how unqualified GOP nominee Donald Trump is to take the oath of the office of the president of the United States.
Like only Biden could, he perfectly explained one of the most critical qualities a president must have: a level head. Trump’s rash and impulsive temperament. Biden prefaced his comments saying that he doesn’t hold ill feelings toward Trump. However, “the truth is Donald Trump knows nothing about foreign policy, nor should he based on his background!” Biden explained. “The thing that bothers me is that I don’t see any attempt for him to go out and get people that really know on the Republican side.”
Tonight, we can probably expect more of the same.
Watch the full speech below:
Read the full speech transcript below as transcribed by Bustle:
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love ya.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you.
Ladies and gentleman, eight years ago, I stood on the stage in Denver, and I accepted your nomination to be vice president of the United States. And every single day since then, it’s been the honor of our lives for Jill and me. Every day, we’ve been grateful to Barack and Michelle for asking us to join them in that incredible journey — a journey that can only happen in America.
But we not only have worked together — as it becomes pretty obvious, we’ve become friends. We’re now family. We’re family. Folks, we’ve all seen over the last eight years what President Obama means to this country. He’s the embodiment of honor, resolve, and character. One of the finest presidents we have ever had. That’s right! This is a man of character. And he’s become a brother to Jill and me.
And Michelle? I dunno where you are kid, but you’re incredible. You are incredible. When I was talking to Barack today, it’s no longer who’s going to give the best speech — we already know who did that. You were incredible Monday night. The Delaware delegation, as they say in southern Delaware, Barack and I married way up. Way up.
Folks, as I stand here tonight, I see so many friends and colleagues like my buddy Chris Dodd in the Connecticut delegation. So many people here. I see the faces of those who have placed their belief in Barack and me. So many faces — but one. This is kind of a bittersweet moment for Jill and me and our family. In 2008, when he was about to deploy in Iraq, and again in 2012, our son Beau introduced me to the country and placed my name in nomination. You got a glimpse — I know I sound like a dad but you got a glimpse of what an incredible fine man Beau was. Thank you. Thank you. His wife Hallie and his two kids are here tonight. But as Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “the world breaks everyone and afterwards, many are strong at the broken places.”
I’ve been made strong at the broken places by my love Jill, by my heart, my son Hunter, and the love of my life, my Ashley — and by all of you, and I mean this sincerely. Those of you who’ve been through this, you know I mean what I say by all of you, your love, your prayers, your support. But you know what, we talk about, we think about the countless thousands of other people who suffered so much more than we have, with so much less support, so much less reason to go on. But they get up, every morning, every day. They put one foot in front of the other, they keep going. That’s the unbreakable spirit of the spirit of America. That’s who we are.
That’s who we are. Don’t forget it. Like the people in the neighborhood that Jill and I grew up in, she in Willow Grove and me down in Wilmington and Claymont. The kid in Claymont with the most courage always jumped in when you were double-teamed or your back was against the wall, who became a cop because he always wanted to help people. The middle daughter of three daughters, who always made her mother smile, who was a hero to her sisters, now a major in the United States Marine Corps, because “Mr. Vice President, I wanted to serve my country!”
The teachers who Jill knows and so many of you know, who take money out of their own pockets to buy pencils and notebooks for their students who can’t afford them. Why? Why? Because being a teacher is not what they do — it’s who they are! You know what I know. For real! These are the people who are the heart and soul of this country. It’s the America that I know, the America that Hillary knows and Tim Kaine knows. You know, I’ve known Hillary for well over 30 years, before she was First Lady of the United States, when she became First Lady. We served together in the United States Senate, and during her years as Secretary of State, once a week we had breakfast in my home, the vice president’s residence.
Everybody knows she’s smart. Everybody knows she’s tough. But I know what she’s passionate about. I know Hillary. Hillary understands, Hillary gets it, Hillary understands that a college loan is about a lot more than getting a qualified student an education. It’s about saving the mom and the dad from the indignity of looking at their talented child and saying “sonny, honey, I’m so sorry. The bank wouldn’t lend me the money. I can’t help you to get to school.” I know that about Hillary. Hillary understands that for years, millions of people went to bed staring at the ceiling thinking “oh my god, what if I get breast cancer or he has a heart attack, I will lose everything, what will we do then?”
I know about Hillary Clinton. Ladies and gentlemen, we all understand what it’ll mean for our daughters and granddaughters when Hillary Clinton walks into the Oval Office as president of the United States of America. It will change their lives. My daughters and granddaughters can do anything any son or grandson can do, and she will prove it, Mr. Mayor! So let me say as clearly as I can: If you live in the neighborhoods like the ones Jill and I grew up in, if you worry about your job and getting a decent pay, if you worry about your children’s education, if you’re taking care of an elderly parent, then there’s only one — only one person in this election who will help you. There is only one person in this race who will be there, who has always been there for you, and that’s Hillary Clinton’s life story. It’s not just who she is, it’s her life story. She’s always there. She’s always been there, and so has Tim Kaine.
Ladies and gentlemen, to state the obvious and I’m not trying to be a wise guy here — I really mean it — that’s not Donald Trump’s story. Just listen to me for a second without booing or cheering. I mean this sincerely, we should really think about this. His cynicism is unbounded. His lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase I suspect he’s most proud of having made famous: “You’re fired.” I mean really, I’m not joking. Think about that. Think about that. Think about everything you learned as a child. No matter where you were raised — how can there be pleasure in saying “you’re fired”? He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class. Give me a break! That’s a bunch of malarkey.
I’ll tell ya — folks, whatever he thinks, whatever he thinks — and I mean this in the bottom of my heart. I know I’m called “middle-class Joe” in Washington and that’s not meant as a compliment. It means you’re not sophisticated, but I know why we’re strong. I know why we have held together. I know why we are united. It’s because there’s always been a growing middle class. This guy doesn’t have a clue about the middle class. Not a clue! Because folks, when the middle class does well, the rich do very well and the poor have hope. They have a way up. He has no clue about what makes America great. Actually, he has no clue, period.
But folks, let me say something that has nothing to do with politics. Let me talk about something that I am deadly serious about. This is a complicated and uncertain world we live in. The threats are too great. The times are too uncertain. To elect Donald Trump as president of the United States — now let me finish — 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.
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, you all know. All the Republicans know. That’s not who we are. It betrays our values. It alienates those who we need in the fight against ISIS. Donald Trump, with all his rhetoric, would literally make us less safe. We cannot elect a man who belittles our closest allies while embracing dictators like Vladimir Putin. No, I mean it. A man who seeks to sow division in America for his own gain and disorder around the world. A man who confuses bluster with strength. We simply cannot let that happen as Americans, period.
Folks, no one ever doubts me when I say that sometimes I say all that I mean, but folks let me tell you what I literally tell every world leader I’ve met, and I’ve met them all. It’s never, never, never been a good bet to bet against America. We have the finest fighting force in the world. Not only do we have the largest economy in the world — we have the strongest economy in the world. We have the most productive workers in the world and given a fair shot, given a fair chance, Americans have never, ever, ever, ever let their country down! Never! Never! Ordinary people like us who do extraordinary things.
We’ve had candidates before who have attempted to get elected by appealing to our fears, but they’ve never succeeded, because we do not scare easily. We never bow, we never bend, we never break when confronted with crisis. No! We endure! We overcome! And we always, always, always move forward. That’s why I can say with absolute conviction, I am more optimistic about our chances today than when I was elected as a 29-year-old kid to the Senate. The 21st century is going to be the American century because we lead not only by the example of our power but by the power of our example. That is the history of the journey of America and God willing, Hillary Clinton will write the next chapter in that journey. We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line! Don’t forget it! God bless you all and may God protect our troops. Come on, we’re America! Thank you!