Biden: Trump would've loved Stalin

Vice President blasts Republican presidential nominee as he campaigns for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Elad Benari ,

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday blasted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during his first campaign stop for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Speaking in Scranton, Pennsylvania and quoted by The Hill, Biden blasted the Republican nominee as “unqualified” to serve as commander in chief, arguing he lacks the necessary foreign policy knowledge and the willingness to learn.

The Vice President accused Trump of finding common cause with some of history’s most reviled leaders in an address that drew several rousing ovations from the hometown crowd.

He brought as an example Trump’s recent comments, which he later said were sarcastic, that he hoped Russia had copies of Clinton’s private emails, and also cited Trump's comments about former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

“This guy’s shame has no limits,” Biden charged, according to The Hill. “He’s even showered praise on Saddam Hussein, one of the vilest dictators of the 20th century … He would’ve loved [Joseph] Stalin.”

Biden said Trump’s praise of strongmen for cracking down on their political foes and support for harsh interrogation tactics of terror suspects “says a lot about his approach that explains why he so often embraces tactics of terrorist enemies themselves.”

He also said he would have urged his late son, Beau, not to serve in the military if Trump were president.

“If my son were still in Iraq, and I say to all those who are there, the threat to their life has gone up a couple of clicks,” said Biden.

The Vice President’s comments came before Trump’s speech in Youngstown, Ohio, in which he planned to lay out his plan to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS).

In his speech, Trump attacked Clinton’s effort to weed out Islamic terrorist groups at home and abroad during her tenure as President Obama’s Secretary of State.

He also vowed to institute “extreme vetting” of immigrants to protect the nation from radical Islamic terror.

During his remarks in Pennsylvania, Biden said Clinton is the best leader for the American middle class. He also said that her election would serve as a powerful example for women and girls.

“She gets it,” he said. “What it will mean to them what it means when it’s President Hillary Rodham Clinton. It will change their lives.”

He discussed his decades-long relationship with Clinton and recalled how they had weekly breakfasts together to discuss pressing issues facing the country.

“There’s only one person in this election who will possibly help you, and that is Hillary Clinton,” said Biden, according to The Hill. “She has always been there, that’s her life story.”

He also said Trump’s claim to stand up for the middle class is “such a bunch of malarkey.”