Biden Hits Clinton for Ignoring Middle Class During Election

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Former Vice President Joe Biden took an apparent swipe Thursday at the Democratic Party and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for ignoring the middle class during the 2016 election.

"This is the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for, and that is how to maintain a burgeoning middle class," Biden said during an event at the University of Pennsylvania.

"And the truth of the matter is," he continued, "you didn't hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making 60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in a restaurant and they're making 90 grand and they've got two kids and they can't make it and they're scared."

Biden's comments can be viewed at the 42-minute mark in the video below.

Biden also dismissed during the event the idea that people who voted for Trump are racist.

"All those angry white men you know we talk about, that are racist," Biden said. "Guess what? Barack [Obama] and I won them. Let's get this straight. They weren't racist. They voted for a black man twice in a row."

Back in December, Biden made similar comments about Clinton and the Democratic Party, saying in an interview they were unwilling to craft a message that resonated with the white working class.

There is "‘a bit of elitism that's crept in' party thinking," he told the Los Angeles Times, while arguing voters who supported Trump are not bigoted.

"They're all the people I grew up with. They're their kids. And they're not racist. They're not sexist. But we didn't talk to them," Biden said.

The former vice president is set to lead the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

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Andrew Kugle is the assistant social media editor for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2013. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, he worked as a Staff/Press Assistant for South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Andrew is from De Pere, Wisconsin and lives in D.C. His Twitter handle is @AndrewJKugle. You can reach him at kugle@freebeacon.com.

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