Former Vice President Joe Biden said that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election because she failed to reach out to middle-class voters.
The comments were made during an address at the University of Pennsylvania on March 30. Biden was there for the launch of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
"What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for -- and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class," he said, according to CNN.
"You didn't hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in restaurant," he continued. "And they are making $90,000 and they have two kids and they can't make it and they are scared, they are frightened."
As CNN points out, white, working class voters rebuffed Clinton in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, where Trump campaigned heavily in the run-up to the election. While Clinton did hold rallies in various Midwestern states, the central theme of her campaign was opposition to Trump.
Biden's criticism was not limited to Hillary Clinton. During the question-and-answer segment of Thursday's event, he had some choice words for the current president.
After asserting that Trump needs to "grow up," Biden spoke disapprovingly of the president's Twitter habits.
"Presumptuous of me to advise the president, [but] I would literally stop tweeting and start focusing," he said.
"The words of a president matter. They have enormous, enormous, enormous, reverberating sounds around the world," he added. "Every time a U.S. president speaks and says something, leaders and people around the world try to dissect what he means because it matters so much to their security, threats they face, whatever it is."
On March 24, while speaking to a crowd at Colgate University, Biden expressed regret at not having run for president and indicated that he believes he would have defeated Trump in the election.
"I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won," he said, according to the New York Post. "I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won."
"I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better-than-even chance of being president," he continued. "But do I regret not being president? Yes. I was the best qualified."