Joe Biden Blames Rise In Anti-Semitic Incidents Firmly On Donald Trump's Administration

Lee Moran

Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a blistering critique of President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday night, but without mentioning it by name.

Biden told guests at the Lantos Foundation annual gala that “we are in a battle for the soul of this nation” and “have to recognize trend lines are moving in the wrong direction.”

He then cited an Anti-Defamation League report, released earlier this year, that showed how anti-Semitic incidents had risen “nearly 60 percent alone in 2017.”

It was “the largest one-year increase since they started keeping records in 1970,” Biden added. “That’s not an accident. It’s not an accident,” he said. “Our leadership is giving license, giving license to this prejudice.”

Biden said Monday he was “the most qualified person in the country be president” and would make the decision on a 2020 bid “in the next six weeks to two months.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.