Joe Biden: Listening to Donald Trump ‘Just Makes Me Sad’

Joe Biden and Donald Trump
Joe Biden and Donald Trump DEBBIE HILL/AFP/Getty Images; Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images

Joe Biden just isn't a fan. The vice president of the United States gave his 2 cents about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during an interview with Billboard that was published on Wednesday, March 30.

Biden, 73, talked about Trump when asked if he would ever want to debate against him. "When I listen to some of the stuff Donald Trump says, it just makes me sad," Biden said. "It’s never, never been wise to try and appeal to the darker side of human nature. Abraham Lincoln was right — it’s about appealing to our better angels. That’s who Americans are and that’s what they want."

Back in February, Biden referenced Trump's controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants while speaking in Mexico City. "I almost feel obliged to apologize for some of what my political colleagues said," he said at the time. "It's a heated campaign season and I just want you to know, Mr. President [Enrique Peña Nieto], that the most heated rhetoric you've heard from competitors for the nomination for president is not who we are as the American people. It is not the view that is the view of the majority of the American people. It's the exact opposite. It's the opposite view."

As previously reported, speculations surfaced that Biden would possibly run for president in the 2016 election. He ultimately decided not to because he was still grieving the death of his son Beau. The Delaware attorney general died at the age of 46 from brain cancer last May.

Biden announced his decision to not run during a press conference in the White House Rose Garden in October 2015. "As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I've said all along what I've said time and again to others, that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president. I've concluded it has closed," he said. "There is no timetable for this process. … Unfortunately, I believe we're out of time — the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination."

Biden was joined by his wife, Jill, and President Barack Obama at the time. (POTUS, 54, delivered the eulogy at Beau's funeral that June.) Biden, who has been Obama's VP since 2009, also opened up about the president with Billboard while he was promoting his initiative to end sexual assault on campus colleges.

"I'm going to miss everything about working alongside with him. He’s one of the most decent, honorable men I’ve ever worked with. He shares my passion for ending violence against women, and I’m grateful he’s let me lead this effort," Biden told the magazine. "When I accepted his offer to be vice president, he asked if there was anything I wanted, and I said I wanted to bring the Violence Against Women Office inside the White House. He said yes. He didn’t hesitate. We both thank Attorney Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch for both supporting that move."

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