“(Biden has) lived it with dignity his entire life, and it’s been a source of strength and comfort in times of extreme hardship,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said.
The response came after Trump, in his continued effort to tie Biden to the far-left, claimed in Ohio that the former vice president wanted to, “Take away your guns, destroy your second amendment, no religion, no anything. Hurt the bible, hurt God. He’s against God, he’s against guns.”
Biden has long spoken publicly about the role his faith has played in his life, particularly during moments of tragedy. Biden lost his first wife and daughter in a car accident and, later, his son Beau to cancer. The former vice president, who regularly wears his late son’s rosary on his wrist, has publicly spoken about the role his faith has played in carrying him through grief.
“Donald Trump is the only president in our history to have tear-gassed peaceful Americans and thrown a priest out of his church just so he could profane it — and a Bible — for his own cynical optics as he sought to tear our nation apart at a moment of crisis and pain,” Bates said. “And this comes just one day after Trump’s campaign abused a photo of Joe Biden praying in church to demean him, in one of the starkest expressions of weakness throughout this whole campaign.”
Doug Heye, the former communications director for the Republican National Committee and a CNN political commentator, questioned the effectiveness of Trump’s attack on Biden.
“We’ve seen these attacks before and they’ve just not been effective outside of a very small part of the Republican base,” Heye said.
“You’ve made such over-the-top political attack that questions someone’s faith, it’s bound to not be effective,” he added, saying that such an attack could backfire and even turn a voter sympathetic.