The White House has stood by President Joe Biden alluding to former President Donald Trump‘s Muslim travel ban when he was asked whether he was concerned Arab Americans would not vote for him in this year’s general election.
Biden was underscoring the contrast between himself and his predecessor, according to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, citing the incumbent’s record “protecting” the Arab American and Muslim community, in addition to any other community that has been “under attack” or “felt left behind.”
“What the president was doing was trying to give a reminder of where we were before, what it looked like before, in the last four years in the last administration,” she told reporters Friday. “It was a question that he was asked, he answered it very quickly. He thought of