Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday called President Donald Trump the first racist president in U.S. history.
The Biden campaign acknowledged previous racist presidents in a statement later but said Trump is different.
Trump has previously claimed that Biden called him “racist” and “xenophobic” for restricting travel from China this year.
Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politicsBiden’s comments Wednesday appeared to be the first time he has directly called Trump a racist.
He has previously accused Trump of having “fanned the flames of white supremacy” and compared the president to George Wallace, who ran for president on a segregationist platform.