Former Vice President Joe Biden made race a central theme of his July 4 message to the few emotionally unhinged people in cities all across the country trying to grapple with their assumed systemic racism and alleged police brutality.

Speaking to the camera interspersed with video of past civil rights struggles, Biden said the country has not lived up to its creed – noting centuries of racism, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the killing of George Floyd in May – but that the U.S. is primed for a change. 

“Our country was founded on an idea: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ We’ve never lived up to it. Jefferson himself didn’t – he held slaves, women were excluded. But once proposed, it was an idea that couldn’t be restrained,” he said. “Through it all, these words have gnawed at our conscience and pulled us towards justice.

“We have a chance to rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country,” Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee, added. “We have a chance to live up to the words that founded this nation.”

The video does not mention President Trump by name, but the video still portrays a sharp contrast with his general election opponent.

The president used his July 4 speech Friday night at Mount Rushmore to tear into liberal protesters who have called for Confederate statues and other iconography to be taken down, accusing them of trying to “erase” the country’s past. 

“There is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted and punished. Not going to happen to us,” he told a packed crowd.

“Make no mistake, this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence and hunger and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery and progress,” he continued. “To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol and memory of our national heritage.”

Later today, Biden will appear at the Essence Festival of Culture to hear from black women, and Trump will host a “Salute to America” event in Washington.