Joe Biden Bashes Donald Trump for Inheriting His Wealth as He Touts His Middle-Class Upbringing in Union Speech

By Jace Dela Cruz

Apr 20, 2024 03:45 AM EDT

As he tried to appeal to union workers on Friday, President Joe Biden compared his upbringing to Donald Trump and hit the former president for inheriting his wealth.

President Biden Speaks At A Campaign Event In Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 18: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event at Martin Luther King Recreation Center on April 18, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Joe Biden Bashes Donald Trump for Inheriting His Wealth as He Appeals to Union Workers

Speaking at a Washington, DC conference for the labor group International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which has endorsed the president's reelection bid, Joe Biden highlighted the different lessons learned by individuals growing up as he worked to contrast his upbringing with Donald Trump's privileged background, The Hill reported.

Without directly mentioning Trump, Biden noted that some individuals, including his "opponent," learned that "the best way to get rich" is to inherit it.

The president also remarked on the differing perspectives on taxes, saying that some have learned that paying taxes is for working people and not for the super wealthy.

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Joe Biden on Donald Trump's 'You're Fired' 

Joe Biden also slammed Donald Trump's famous catchphrase from his reality TV show, "The Apprentice," in which the former president famously told contestants, "You're fired." 

Biden disapproved of such behavior, suggesting it was not in line with his values. He also compared growing up in Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

"I guess that's how they look at the world from Park Avenue and Mar-a-Lago, but I grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Claymont, Delaware. Working-class and middle-class towns like many of you did as well," Biden told the union workers, according to The Hill.

The president added: "Nobody handed you anything, you paid your taxes, and being told you were fired wasn't entertainment, it was a devastating nightmare to a family."

This comparison served as a backdrop for Biden's argument that Republicans, including Trump, prioritize the interests of the wealthy over those of working-class Americans. 

"Folks, where we come from, it matters. That's why when I look at the economy, I don't see it through the eyes of Mar-a-Lago, I literally see it through the eyes of Scranton, where I grew up and my grandpop's kitchen table," Biden noted, as The Hill reported.

"I see it through the eyes of working people like you and the basic values that you represent - honesty, decency, hard work, faith. It matters," he added.

Trump's father, Fred Trump, loaned the former president $1 million to start his business ventures. Over time, Fred reportedly gave Trump at least $413 million.

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