How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto the ballot
Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday when he blasted President Donald Trump's "racist" taunts at a rally the night before.
"This is about dividing the country," the early Democratic front-runner, who has been criticized for his own handling of race , told reporters. "This is about dividing and raising the issue of racism across the country because that's his base, that's what he's pushing."
But Michael Fisher, an African American pastor from Compton who attended the event, warned Democrats to ignore Trump.
"They should absolutely not respond to ignorance," Fischer said. "They should stay focused on the issues."
That tension previews the uncomfortable balancing act Democrats will face in the nearly 16 months before Election Day.
The party's passionate left wing is pressing for an all-in battle, arguing that candidates' plans to combat racism are just as important as their proposals to provide health insurance to every American. But others question whether race should be the centerpiece of the campaign to replace Trump. Several presidential candidates, meanwhile, reject the debate as a false choice, arguing they can criticize Trump for racist tactics while still advancing proposals on health care, education, the minimum wage and more.
The president's supporters chanted "Send her back!" after Trump criticized Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar a Somalian Muslim.
19th July 2019