Former Vice President Joe Biden says he hopes that President Trump is a lone anomaly in the tradition of U.S. leaders.
“I think it will, God willing, go down as the single exception in American history,” he said Monday on CBS’s “The Late Show.” “I really mean it.”
Host Stephen Colbert had asked Biden about Trump’s influence on future presidencies, prompting the former vice president’s strong remarks.
Biden then noted that Trump’s presidency has raised startling questions about America’s path forward.
“How many of you are now worried about the stability of the public?” he asked Colbert’s audience.
“How many of you are now worried about this new, phony nationalism and this us-against them?” Biden continued.
“How many are worried about this populism that is designed to essentially undermine the essence of the Bill of Rights, which is there are certain unalienable rights that nobody – no matter what the majority is – they cannot overrule?”
Biden also cautioned, however, that the nation’s challenges go “beyond President Trump” in his estimation.
“I just think there is an attack on the system and I think people are worried,” said Biden, who was former President Barack Obama’s vice president.
Biden additionally noted that the U.S. would be drastically different “but for 74,500 votes of thereabouts” during the 2016 presidential election.
“We’d have a good president,” he said of the result had 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton defeated Trump.
“We’d have a president who understands the role of the presidency,” Biden added. “She would have been somebody who would, in fact, weave that fabric.”
Biden has become an outspoken critic of Trump’s administration, and the Democrat has not ruled out seeking the White House in 2020.
The former vice president decided against a 2016 presidential campaign following the death of his Beau Biden due to brain cancer the year before.