Vice President Joe Biden is giving a speech today to the Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank, warning of the dangers that Donald Trump’s foreign policy ideas could cause. U.S. News and World Report explained that Vice President Biden plans to “deliver a point-by-point rebuttal of Trump’s ideas on immigration, terrorism, and relations with Russia.” Portions of Biden’s speech have been released in advance by the White House.
Wielding the politics of fear and intolerance, like proposals to ban Muslims from entering the United States or slandering entire religious communities as complicit in terrorism, calls into question America’s status as the greatest democracy in the history of the world.
According to CNN, Joe Biden’s speech does not mention Donald Trump by name, “but the allusions to Trump are plain.”
I’ve never been more optimistic about America’s capacity to lead our world to a more peaceful and prosperous future. But our leadership does not spring from some inherent American magic — it never has. We earn it — over and over — through hard work and discipline…. That’s what has always made America great. Not empty bluster. Not a sense of entitlement that fundamentally disrespects our partners. Not the attitude and insecurity of a bully.
In an interview with Face the Nation Sunday, Donald Trump advocated profiling Muslims who were already residing in the United States, including those who are U. S. citizens. Esquire reported that Trump is open to profiling American Muslims, while pointing out such an action would be unconstitutional. Both Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Representative André Carson (D-IN) are Muslim, as well as many doctors, teachers, and military personnel. There are more than 20,000 Muslim physicians in the United States, or roughly ten percent of all physicians in this country. Even his own party has said Trump has gone too far in his anti-Muslim sentiments. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), who reluctantly and laggardly endorsed Trump, disagrees with Trump’s plans to ban Muslim immigration and increase profiling. According to Talking Points Memo, Ryan said he would use legal means to prevent any president, Donald Trump, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gary Johnson, or anyone in the White House, from exceeding the constitutional powers of the president.
“I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers.”
In his speech at the Center for New American Security, Joe Biden is expected to denounce isolationism and bigotry as policies that will harm American foreign relations. He will speak of Vladimir Putin, whom Trump openly admires, and the dangers of putting Russia ahead of the rest of Europe.
“Embracing Putin at a time of renewed Russian aggression could call into question America’s longstanding commitment to a Europe whole, free and at peace.”
Vice President Joe Biden predicts that threatening to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, insulting immigrants, and a policy of increasing isolationism could lead to “a return of anti-Americanism and a corrosive rift throughout our hemisphere.” Biden is also expected to warn against using torture to interrogate terrorism suspects, threatening to kill their family members, or indiscriminately bombing civilian populations — all tactics which Trump has suggested as possible techniques in the war against terrorism — because it would not only violate American values and principles, but because it would increase anti-American sentiment abroad, thereby helping the terrorists.
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