Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that he was not sure that he had the votes to win a second term.
Speaking at the Center for American Progress Action Fund luncheon, Biden said that he would seek to win re-election in 2020 and called on the American people to “make it clear that we will not be taken advantage of by an administration that is not going to be fair.”
Biden was referring to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, a move that has had significant consequences for the country.
The move has forced a large number of Americans to choose between joining their families in the United States or living in countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Biden, who served in the Obama administration, said the American public was not being told what to do.
Bidens comments came as Democrats were hoping to capitalize on the political climate following Trump’s controversial executive order, which has triggered protests across the country and led to protests throughout the week.”
And so, I think we have to continue to fight and we have the right to fight.”
Bidens comments came as Democrats were hoping to capitalize on the political climate following Trump’s controversial executive order, which has triggered protests across the country and led to protests throughout the week.
The order sparked protests at airports and in cities around the country, and a nationwide sit-in movement by the immigrant community.
In addition to the travel ban, the president also signed an executive order on Friday blocking funding for sanctuary cities, including California, New York and Illinois, and freezing payments to the Justice Department.
Democrats have long called on Congress to reinstate some of the Obama-era protections for immigrants living in the country illegally, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which provided legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.
Biden told the crowd at the CAP Action Fund event that he wanted to “keep fighting” to reverse Trump’s agenda, which he said included the travel and refugee restrictions.
“We have a chance to reverse the worst policies of the last eight years, and we can do it,” he said, adding that “it’s time for us to make it clear to the American citizens that we want them to make a decision that makes sense for them.”
The vice president’s remarks came a day after the president met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a key Democratic backer of the refugee resettlement plan.