Joe Biden wrote a lengthy, strongly-worded post on Medium addressing President Donald Trump’s recent claim that Biden “hurt God” and that he is not religious. In it, he accused the president of “anti-religious bigotry” and bullying behavior.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Trump asserted that if Biden were to be elected, he would take away Americans’ firearms and religion.
“No religion. No anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God,” Trump said while speaking to supporters on the airport tarmac in Cleveland.
In his response, Biden said that his faith is the foundation of his life and he has used it to get him through both difficult times and happier moments.
“For President Trump to attack my faith is shameful. It’s beneath the office he holds and it’s beneath the dignity the American people so rightly expect and deserve from their leaders,” he wrote.
But, Biden said, as is often the case with “bullies,” Trump’s words reflect his own insecurities more than they reflect on those he is attacking.
“They show us a man willing to stoop to any low for political gain, and someone whose actions are completely at odds with the values and teachings that he professes to believe in.”
Biden added that his faith teaches him to love all of those around him equally, while Trump is seeking to divide the people of the nation. He added that it appears the president is only concerned with helping his wealthy friends rather than the poor and needy, in opposition to what the Catholic faith teaches.
The former VP went on to criticize Trump’s use of the Bible for a photo-op at St. John’s church in Washington D.C. after having protesters outside teargassed and removed so that he could cross the square.
“Trump’s decision today to profane God and to smear my faith in a political attack is a stark reminder of what the stakes of this fight truly are,” Biden concluded.
Trump has regularly attacked his presumed opponent in the upcoming 2020 race and has recently focused on Biden’s religion.
However, as critics have pointed out, Trump does not regularly attend religious services himself and doesn’t appear to be a devout follower of any religion. The president is a self-proclaimed Presbyterian. In contrast, Biden has been open about his faith as a practicing Catholic.
In one poll, a vast majority of voters said that don’t they believe Trump is actually religious, as USA Today reported in June.