Biden on Wednesday called on President-elect Donald Trump to end “discriminatory policies” and provide a “full, swift and comprehensive response” to the “disability epidemic” that he says is costing the country more than $1 trillion a year.
“We’re going to win the war on the disabled.
And we’re going, we’re gonna have a full, swift, comprehensive response,” Biden said during a campaign stop in Detroit, where he said the “war on the wheelchair” has cost the country “at least $1.3 trillion.””
And I think that we can do better,” Biden added.
“We need to invest in our people.”
While Biden said he wants to invest “in our people,” he also suggested that “people are not getting what they paid for.”
“You have to give people what they pay for,” he said.
“And we have to pay attention to the fact that it is the disability community that has made the difference in this country.
And I want to make sure that we do our part to support that.
I’m not going to stop there,” Biden continued. “
So let me be clear.
I’m not going to stop there,” Biden continued.
“I’m not gonna stop.
I know that there are people who are going to want to do the right thing.
And that’s why I want you all to know, I want people to be part of the solution.”
He continued: “I am going to work with Congress to take care of people in a way that makes sense, because we have made a lot of progress, but we’ve got a lot to do, because it is a very serious issue.”
Biden also slammed Trump for saying the disabled are the most “disadvantaged people in the country.”
“We need the president-elect to stop that,” Biden told supporters in Detroit.
“You’re going up against Donald Trump.
I don’t care what your background is.
Donald Trump thinks that he’s the smartest man in the world, that he can take care the most of us.
He is wrong.”
Bidens Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, has been in a war of words with Trump since the 2016 election.
In the weeks leading up to the election, Clinton called for a national “disabilities task force” to study the issue.
Trump has been criticized for his comments.
On Wednesday, he defended his comments and called Biden’s comments “disheartening” and “disrespectful.”
“If you are disabled, it is very, very difficult to get a job.
If you are a young person, it’s very, so, difficult to keep your family together,” Trump said.