Former Vice President Joe Biden denounced President Donald Trump in a Nov. 1 speech he delivered in Chicago.
The 74 year old, who has been tipped as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, took aim at Trump's foreign policy, according to Politico.
Biden said Trump's America-first approach and threat to withdraw from NATO are policies that are "yielding to all the wrong impulses," according to Politico.
He described Trump as one in a long list of "charlatans," adding that the working people who backed him "aren't prejudiced, they're realistic" about their declining living standards, Biden added.
He went on to mention the violent protest by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.
"Ladies and gentlemen, silence is complicity," added Biden. "I will continue to stand up and speak out."
Biden then made an appeal to take action.
"How many of you now, whether you voted for him or not, are beginning to wonder if the roots, the invisible moral fabric that holds everything up, is eroding in a way that's dangerous for democratic institutions?" said Biden. "If we don't stand up, the liberal world order we championed will quickly become an illiberal world order we suffer."
Biden also took issue with the commander-in-chief's approach on a number of policy issues.
“There’s no place for you to hide, no matter how well you do, no matter how much money you make," he said. "You can’t build a wall high enough to guarantee you clean air. You can’t hide enough to not be degraded by your sister not being able to marry the woman she loves. You can’t hide from the fact that you’re diminished when one of your friends is profiled. You can’t escape.”
At the same time, Biden expressed his confidence for the future.
"I'm not pessimistic about the fate of the world," he added. "Just get up. Get up. Look at who the hell we are. The American public has never fallen short."
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democrats' leader in the House, is taking a less confrontational approach to Trump. She is urging her colleagues not to pursue impeachment efforts against the president and to avoid provoking unnecessary confrontations, Politico reports.
Pelosi hopes instead to focus the Democrats' message on the party's readiness to assume responsibility, believing that this will help them win seats in the 2018 mid-term elections.
"There’s nothing any of us can say in Congress that is going to change people’s view of Donald Trump," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California told Politico. "What they need is us to help them form their view of whether the Democratic Party is ready to lead."
Pelosi has reportedly been sharply critical of Democratic donor Tom Steyer's $10 million campaign to push for Trump's impeachment. She is calling instead for a "no drama" approach, as Politico puts it.