President Joe Biden has criticized his predecessor Donald Trump's aggressive rhetoric, including his use of the word “parasites” to describe opponents, which has been compared to that of fascist leaders Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
In a speech on Veterans Day, Mr Trump argued that his domestic adversaries pose more of a threat to the US than China, Russia and North Korea.
Trump, 77, spoke in Claremont, New Hampshire, telling the crowd in his usual plaintive language: “We pledge to you that we will root out the communists, the Marxists, the fascists and the radical left-wing thugs who live like vermin within the borders of the country. us who lie, steal and cheat the elections”.
The former president refused to accept the results of the 2020 election and continues to lie, falsely claiming they were stolen.
“They will do anything, legal or illegal, to destroy America and destroy the American dream,” Trump said.
The former president referred to himself as “a very proud election denier.” He also took aim at his deeper legal woes, again targeting the judge in his New York civil fraud trial and going after Special Counsel Jack Smith. Trump claimed the prosecutions against him were politically motivated.
Biden criticized Trump's rhetoric while speaking to campaign donors on Tuesday, saying Trump uses Nazi-like language and would use his potential return to power for “revenge and retribution.”
“There are a lot of reasons to be against Donald Trump,” Biden said after arriving in San Francisco for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, where he will meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping face-to-face for the first time . in a year as they try to restore military communications and improve economic ties.
“There's a lot of reasons to be against Donald Trump, but damn he shouldn't be president,” Biden said, according to a report from the group.
Mr Biden noted that the use of the word “parasites” was “a particular phrase because it's just a particular concept” which he said was similar to “the language you heard in Nazi Germany in the 1930s”.
The president also quoted Trump as saying undocumented immigrants were “poisoning the blood of our country.”
“Trump also recently spoke about America's blood being poisoned. The blood in America has been poisoned,” Biden said, CNN reported. “Again, it echoes the same phrases used in Nazi Germany.”
Biden also went after the 2024 Republican nominee for targeting Paul Pelosi, the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was seriously injured in a hammer attack by a deranged home invader at their San Francisco residence last year.
This week, the 83-year-old Pelosi appeared in federal court speaking publicly about the ordeal for the first time.
“On more than one occasion in recent weeks, he's made a joke about attacking Nancy Pelosi's husband,” Biden said of Trump. “There is no place in America for political violence.”
The president blamed Trump, who appointed three right-wing Supreme Court justices, for the reversal Roe v. Wadesaying that “the only reason there is a ban on abortion in America is because of Donald Trump.”
“The only reason that fundamental right was taken away from the American people for the first time in American history is because of Donald Trump,” the president added. “And just as all his Republican friends have learned about the power of women in America, Donald Trump is going to learn about the power of women.”
Mr Biden called last week's election results “a very good day for Joe”.
“What happened in these races is not unusual in its kind, following what we saw in 2020 when we were told we weren't going to win,” Biden told his donors, according to CNN. “And again in 2022, when we were supposed to disappear, remember? But some experts said the same thing.”
“Friends, this is the Biden-Harris agenda. And this agenda is not only popular, but people are voting for it,” he added. “Winning elections over and over again. The press and pundits can continue to be surprised all they want. But since I came off the sidelines to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump, we haven't stopped running and he hasn't stopped losing.”
“Remember when Trump told us he was going to win so much we'd get tired of winning?” Mr. Biden asked. “Oh man. I shouldn't start. Let me tell you one thing is true. We're sick of Trump. The truth is, the guy can't get enough of losing.”
Mr Trump's use of the word “parasites” was criticized by historians who spoke out The Washington Post.
New York University historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat wrote in the paper that “calling people ‘parasites' was effectively used by Hitler and Mussolini to dehumanize people and encourage their followers to engage in violence.”
“Trump also uses projection: note that he cites all manner of authoritarian ‘communists, Marxists, fascists and the radical left' to define himself as the liberator of freedom,” he said. “Mussolini promised his people freedom and then declared a dictatorship.”
Trump campaign spokesman Stephen Chung told the paper that “those trying to make this ridiculous claim are clearly clueless snowflakes because they suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome and their entire existence will be shattered when President Trump returns.” at the White House”.