Speaking at Milwaukee on Tuesday at his first town hall as president, Joe Biden openly commented on the issues of domestic terrorism, adding that it is the “greatest threat” to the country.
Deeming White Supremacists to be the most dangerous people in America, Biden in his address on Tuesday pledged to focus his Justice Department on the rise of white supremacy. When asked a question by Joel Berkowitz, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, about the “ongoing threat” from white supremacists in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6 raid on the U.S. Capitol, Biden replied almost pinpointedly.
He answered the question posed by Berkowitz, saying, “I got involved in politics, to begin with, because of civil rights and opposition to white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, and the most dangerous people in America continue to exist. That is the greatest threat to terror in America, domestic terror. And so I would make sure that my Justice Department and the civil rights division is focused heavily on those very folks, and I would make sure that we, in fact, focus on how to deal with the rise of white supremacy.”
During the CNN-sponsored event hosted by Anderson Cooper, the President also added, “You may remember, in one of my debates with the former president, I asked him to condemn the Proud Boys and he wouldn’t do it. He said ‘Stand by,’ stand ready, or whatever the phrase exactly was.”
The banter between Berkowitz and Biden did not end here. Since Biden had, just minuted back, said he studied French for five years and could not speak it, Berkowitz said, “I’ll teach you some Yiddish some time. How’s that?”
“I understand a little bit of Yiddish,” Biden said with reference to the fact that he has several Jewish grandchildren.
“I’m sure you do,” Berkowitz said.
“It would be a shanda if he didn’t,” said Cooper, who like Biden was raised as a Roman Catholic.
Meanwhile, Biden has also tapped Merrick Garland, a Jewish judge, to be his attorney general, who will oversee the issue of domestic terrorism hereon.