Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE in a Tuesday interview praised the four progressive congresswomen told to go back to their home countries by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, calling his remarks “shameful.”
Biden singled out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.) for praise in the interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” stating that she in particular is “smart as hell.”
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Trump’s tweets were “not only shameful, but it’s incredibly damaging,” Biden told MSNBC’s Mika BrzezinskiMika Emilie BrzezinskiThe Memo: Trump’s Scarborough tweets unsettle his allies Fox’s Perino presses Trump official on Scarborough tweets: ‘How does this help the president win?’ Cheney says Trump should stop tweeting Scarborough conspiracy MORE.ADVERTISEMENT
“We have led the world by the power of our example, and what presidents say, they’re the face of America, like it or not,” he added. “The idea that Trump says and does the things he does is despicable.”
“I think the freshmen, particularly AOC, is smart as hell,” Biden said. Ocasio-Cortez, he added, is “really a value added to the party in terms of her pushing the edges.”
Biden also defended Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.), who, prior to the Trump tweets, had been in a public fight with the four congresswomen after dismissing Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Over 1,400 pro athletes, coaches call on Congress to back bill ending qualified immunity Biden’s right, we need policing reform now – the House should quickly take up his call to action MORE (D-Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Defunding the police: Put it to a vote McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn.) in an interview with The New York Times as only representing four votes.
Pelosi was also angered by a tweet criticizing centrist Democrats sent by Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, telling lawmakers at a closed-door caucus meeting last week to keep their disputes private and not to attack one another.
“Nancy knows what she’s doing,” Biden said. “Nancy understands that … you know, there’s a sum total in the Congress of 535 folks. You have to get them all moving in the right direction.”
Asked what advice he would offer Ocasio-Cortez, Biden responded, “I would not presume to give her advice,” adding, “AOC is brilliant, the other three women are really smart.”
Pelosi dismissed “the squad,” as they are often referred to, after they were the only representatives to vote against a Trump-backed border aid bill, telling Maureen Dowd, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following.”
Ocasio-Cortez fired back, accusing Pelosi of singling out women of color, which in turn prompted a rebuke from members of the Congressional Black Caucus aligned with the Speaker.
However, the divisions among the caucus have largely been dropped since Trump’s Sunday tweets telling the four congresswomen, all of whom are American citizens and three of whom were born in the U.S., to “go back” to other countries.
Pelosi has announced she will introduce a resolution in the House condemning the remarks.