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Joe Biden compares Trump to white supremacist George Wallace

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A file photo of the late George Wallace, a prominent supporter of racial segregation in the US.

Former US Vice-President and Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has compared President Donald Trump to the late George Wallace, the former Governor of Alabama and a prominent supporter of racial segregation.

Known for his white supremacist views, Wallace served as governor of Alabama for 20 years from 1967 and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination several times.

His 1972 presidential bid ended when he was shot while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland, but survived the assassination attempt. Wallace died in 1998 at the age of 79.

During a campaign fundraiser on Friday in Pasadena, California, Biden told a gathering that Trump is “more George Wallace than George Washington”.

Biden said he was particularly concerned about the possible impact of Trump’s rhetoric on American children. “Our children are listening to this. What the president says matters. It matters, because the president is the face of the nation,” he said.

Biden’s comment came amid allegations that Trump used racist language to criticize four women of color, all first-term Democratic members of the US House of Representatives, who have been opponents of the Republican president.

In a tweet, Trump said “they should go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”.

Three of the four women were born in the United States. The fourth is a US citizen.

Biden himself has faced criticism for his recent comments that he worked decades ago with two segregationist senators as a way to accomplish his legislative goals in the US Senate.

Biden claims that he entered politics in the early 1970s to fight for civil rights for minorities and for civil liberties. He also claims that he launched his 2020 White House bid after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which took place in 2017.

Biden is one of 25 Democratic candidates competing to become the party’s nominee to challenge Trump in next year’s US presidential election. He currently leads early polls for the nomination race.

Trump and Biden have often lambasted each other since Trump was elected to the White House.

Trump has attacked Biden frequently since the former vice president officially announced his candidacy for the presidency earlier this year, often using mocking nicknames such as "Sleepy Joe."

At a speech last week in New York, Biden slammed Trump as an ''insincere, ill-informed, impulsive and sometimes corrupt” president.

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