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Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Joe Biden says Trump doesn't value LGBT community, couldn't stay silent after Charlottesville


WASHINGTON (Circa) - "Run, Joe, Run!" cheered attendees at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner for former Vice President Joe Biden as he took the stage to headline the event.

Many on social media hoped the Democrat would take the opportunity to make a decision on a 2020 presidential run. While he made no announcements on that front during his speech, he used the opportunity to speak on LGBTQ equality and criticize the Trump administration.

Through his message of LGBTQ equality, Biden attacked the current president, saying the community did not have an ally in the White House.

"Instead of using the full might of the executive branch to secure justice, dignity, and safety for all, the president uses the White House as a literal bully pulpit, callously exerting his power over those who have little or none," Biden said.

He also encouraged attendees to vote in November.

Biden spoke at the HRC dinner three years ago while he was still contemplating a 2016 presidential run after the passing of his son Beau. His advisers have reportedly told press he will decide on a 2020 run by January.

During Biden's speech, the former vice president revealed Obama and him agreed to stay silent during Trump's 1st year in office but couldn't stay silent after Charlottesville.

“Barack and I agreed to remain silent for a while to give this administration a chance to get up and running the first year. God forgive me," Biden said. “But I could not remain silent after Charlottesville… This is about basic decency.”

“We are in a fight for America’s soul!” Biden continued. “And we have leaders who at the time when that occurred, when these guys were accompanied by white supremacists and [the] Ku Klux Klan and those that objected making a comparison saying there are good people in both groups. What has become of us? Our children are listening.”

Biden: I could not stay silent after Charlottesville

As for President Trump, he told CBS Evening News that running against Biden would be a "dream."

"Look, Joe Biden ran three times. He never got more than 1 percent and President Obama took him out of the garbage heap, and everybody was shocked that he did," Trump said. "I'd love to have it be Biden."

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