- Associated Press - Thursday, April 25, 2019

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden says the events in Charlottesville were an “epiphany” to him because he had never seen anything like it in his lifetime.

Video of Biden’s remarks on Thursday evening at a fundraiser in Philadelphia were obtained by The Associated Press from attendees. Biden announced earlier in the day that he was running for president and said President Donald Trump’s “moral equivalence” between white supremacists and counterprotesters was a major motivating factor.

The former vice president made frequent mention of Trump at the fundraiser, saying, “Every nation is held up by an invisible moral fabric, and it’s being shredded, and our kids are listening.”

He says he hopes in a few years people will realize that the Trump era was “an aberration in American history” “because this is not who we are.”

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