Former President Barack Obama has a message for the Republican Party: You’re not welcome here anymore.
Biden said Thursday that he thinks Republicans have a moral obligation to speak out against President Donald Trump and his administration.
“The American people deserve to hear what the Republicans are saying about their policies, and they have an obligation to do so,” Biden said during an appearance at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland.
“We’re going to be fighting back and taking a hard look at the Republican policies that are making it difficult for people to get ahead, that are creating a kind of hopelessness in the middle class.”
The former president also called out the Trump administration for the way it’s treating the press, saying that he sees that Trump’s tweets are being used as an excuse to undermine press freedom and the press itself.
Biden also called on Republicans to “stop playing politics” and speak out when they see abuses of power.
“It’s time for the Republicans to start standing up and telling their own story,” he said.
Biden’s comments come after the former president called on Congress to pass a “comprehensive” investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct by former President Donald Trumps administration.
Biden called for the Justice Department to investigate whether Trump and White House Counsel Donald McGahn committed crimes by obstructing a federal investigation into Trump’s campaign, while also calling on Congress and the president to hold McGahn accountable.
Biden did not name McGahn, but he called him a “corrupt, ineffective and incompetent man” and called for an investigation into his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
“If you’re in the White House, you are supposed to be an effective president.
But when you are not, when you let your administration’s corrupt, ineffective, and incompetent men control the levers of power, you’re going do the exact opposite,” Biden told the crowd.
Biden added that he has confidence that Congress will “do the right thing” by passing a bill to investigate the firing, which he said could take months.
The former vice president also said that if Democrats are in the majority, they need to “make sure the American people are aware” that “there are repercussions” for their policies if they do not stand up for the president.
“Make sure we stand up to this administration and show that you’re serious about your agenda, your agenda for change,” Biden added.
Biden will speak at CPAC on Friday and on Sunday, and he is expected to address a wide range of topics including health care, economic policy, and education.