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Biden says Trump ‘emboldened white supremacists’

Former Vice President Joe Biden
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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s commentary in The Atlantic took President Trump to task.

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday leveled harsh words at President Trump for placing blame on ‘‘both sides’’ for the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

In a commentary published Sunday in The Atlantic, Biden wrote: ‘‘Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate.’’

He said Trump has ‘‘emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.’’

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Biden and President Obama have kept a low profile since leaving office, carefully choosing the moments to weigh in.

In his commentary, Biden wrote: ‘‘This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America.’’