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Joe Biden Urges Cornell Graduates to Stop 'Living in Your Screens'


On Saturday, former Vice President Joe Biden railed against the "disorienting" and "disheartening" "forces of populism" at home and overseas and implied that Donald Trump legitimized "hate speech" during the 2016 presidential election.

Biden will give the senior convocation address at noon on Saturday.

"I thought we had passed the days when it was acceptable for political leaders ... to bestow legitimacy on hate speech", Biden said.

"They're not flattened versions of humanity", he added. "To make it in the world, just like you".

Biden has been a vocal critic of Trump, repeatedly slamming him for his ignorance and immaturity - and said he'd like to "take [Trump] behind the gym" after the release of Trump's "grab them by the pussy" tape in which the then-candidate seemingly bragged about committing sexual assault. But I assure you that this a temporary state of affairs.

"But the world is changing so rapidly", Biden told the graduates.

Biden revealed that he flew to Germany five years ago to try to convince Murphy to run for office, though he didn't say which office.

But he had some reassurances for the graduates: "your reaction, you graduates in particular, is understandable", Biden said.

"The American people will not sustain this attitude for long, I promise you", he said. They're a whole person: Flawed, struggling to make the world better, just like you.

He also urged the graduating seniors to "fight the urge to build a self-referential, self-reinforcing and self-righteous echo chamber of yourself online".

Less than five years later, at 30, Biden was sworn in as a USA senator in DE, a position he would hold for 36 years until being selected as President Barack Obama's vice president. ". It's very bad hard to reach a consensus, and you can't govern this country without consensus". "Graduating class of 2017, go out there and wake us up". "And I mean it".

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