Vice President Joe Biden laid into the Republican party in remarks at the White House during an Hispanic Heritage Month reception Tuesday evening, singling out one "xenophobic" candidate in particular.
Noting that he was being "sincere and deadly earnest," Biden said, "Folks, I don't want anybody to be down right now about what's going on in the Republican Party."
He then went after who he obviously considers the worst in the GOP field without necessarily calling him by name, front-runner Donald Trump:
I want you to remember, notwithstanding the fact there's one guy absolutely denigrating an entire group of people, appealing to the baser side of human nature, working on this notion of xenophobia in a way that hasn’t occurred in a long time -- since the Know Nothing party back at the end of the 19th century.
And in a moment of great confidence, Biden assured those gathered that Americans are behind the Democrats 100%:
Folks, the American people are with us. I know it doesn’t feel that way, but I’m telling you, I’m telling you, the American people agree with us.
Interestingly enough, press pool reports have Biden joking about ethnicity, particularly his Irish Catholic roots, prior to these comments. He said of his wife, "When she said all of us who are of Hispanic or Irish or Italian heritage, she doesn’t think they’re all equal. She thinks that Italians are first.”
“At least relative to the Irish,” he said to laughter.
He added that his wife Jill gets angry when he chides her for not having any Irish Catholics on her side of the family. He said, "I'm not allowed to say that anymore."
Video below via CNN, that conveniently leaves out the ethnic banter: