“A former employee said he calls his own supporters, quote, disgusting,” Mr. Biden said, referring to the recent testimonial of a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence.
Olivia Troye, the aide, said Mr. Trump suggested at a White House coronavirus meeting that the COVID-19 outbreak might have an upside.
“I don’t like shaking hands with people. I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people,” he said, according to Ms. Troye.
Mr. Pence and the White House pushed back strongly on Ms. Troye, calling her a disgruntled employee who was trying to wade into election-year politics.
“And then once he got in office, he forgot us,” Mr. Biden said. “Not only did he forget them, though - the truth is he never really respected us very much.”
“For Trump, these rallies are about entertainment, adoration and not respect,” he said. “Don’t kid yourself - this is a one-way street.”
The former vice president also made a more direct appeal to people who supported Mr. Obama before breaking for Mr. Trump in the last presidential election.
“I know many of you are frustrated. You’re angry … I get it. It has to change,” he said. “You will be seen, heard and respected by me.”
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