At a fundraiser at the home of Pasadena City Councilman John Kennedy, former vice president and Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden said he knew he had to get into the presidential race after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville two years ago.
“I could not stay on the sidelines anymore,” Biden told about 70 supporters gathered at Kennedy’s home on July 19, according to media pool reporting on the event. “It was a call to action.”
Attendees included former US Labor Secretary and current LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis; Conway Collins, the president and CEO of GRACE, an antipoverty nonprofit in Pasadena; and Rocky Collis, an attorney whose clients have included the US Women’s Soccer Players Association. Biden’s son Hunter Biden and his wife Melissa Cohen also attended.
“This election is about determining what kind of America we want going forward,” Kennedy told the Pasadena Weekly. “Democrats are seeking to renew and build an America where the rule of law is the foundational element of our democracy; where we make avenues available for the least in society to succeed; where poor people, black white, brown, red, yellow come together to fight oppression.”
Pasadena has become a main stop for Democratic presidential candidates. So far, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand have visited the city, along with Washington Gov. Jay Islee and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro.
Trump has recently faced massive criticism for telling four congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from.
Three of the four freshman congresswomen are from the United States, except for Ihlan Omar who was born in Somalia. Days after the attack, Trump supporters chanted “Send her back,” at a campaign rally in North Carolina. The president later condemned the chant, and claimed he tried to stop it, but video showed he stood for nearly 15 seconds as the crowd chanted.
One week before the first presidential debate, Biden came under fire after he declared he had worked with racist lawmakers.
Biden recalled how Mississippi Sen. James Eastland called him “son” but not “boy.” Yet they worked together on legislation.
In the debate, Harris scored political points after chiding Biden for opposing busing in the 1970s.