Biden says Trump is ‘not made of the same stuff that the people who serve this nation are made of.

Speaking from the Pennsylvania A.F.L.-C.I.O. headquarters in Harrisburg, Joseph R. Biden Jr. told union members he would be “the strongest labor president you have ever had” and gave a blistering condemnation of President Trump, calling him “downright un-American” for reportedly describing fallen service members as “losers” and “suckers.”

Mr. Biden also accused the president of prioritizing the stock market over economic issues, like jobs and union rights, that directly affected working-class people — and even, he said, over Americans’ lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

“President Trump keeps talking about how great this economy is, how the great the stock market is,” he said. “You know the reason he didn’t have the guts to take on Covid and threw up the white flag? He was worried if he started talking about saving people’s lives, the stock market may fall.”

Appearing with Richard L. Trumka, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., Mr. Biden cited Gallup polling that showed Americans’ support for labor unions near a 50-year high. Among other things, he pledged if elected to increase essential workers’ wages, pass the PRO Act to give workers more organizational and bargaining rights, and hold executives personally liable if they interfere with unionization efforts.

“Wall Street did not build this country,” Mr. Biden said. “You did — the great American middle class. And the middle class was built by unions — unions — and the American people now finally get it after a long time of being convinced that unions were a problem, not the answer.”

But Mr. Biden was most forceful when talking about the disparaging remarks Mr. Trump reportedly made about service members.

“I’ll tell you something: My Beau wasn’t a loser or a sucker,” he said, describing his son’s service in Kosovo and Iraq. “He didn’t serve with losers and suckers. He served with heroes. He served with American patriots. And none of the veterans you know were losers or suckers. No president has ever talked about our servicemen and women in that way.”

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