Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg continued to fuel rumors of potential presidential runs as they joined Reverend Al Sharpton to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day.
The former vice president and former mayor of New York City ate bacon and eggs in Washington DC before delivering speeches that highlighted their work and hit out at Donald Trump.
Sharpton first spoke out against the president while hosting the breakfast in King’s honor on Monday morning.
‘Today as we have this breakfast, there is no official event at the White House to celebrate Martin Luther King Day,’ Sharpton said during the event.
‘The vice president nor the President, have any official thing on their calendar to celebrate a federal holiday that Ronald Reagan signed.’
‘This is an insult to the American people that the president of the United States does not officially recognize or give any ceremony for Dr King.’
Sharpton then went on to criticize Trump’s ongoing government shutdown, claiming the president had also ‘shutdown the King holiday’, according to the New York Post.
‘Dr King was killed on his way to this city to build a poor people’s campaign,’ Sharpton said. ‘He was killed in Memphis fighting for workers, and federal workers are not paid.
‘The White House has not only shutdown those workers, they shutdown the King holiday.’
Sharpton ended his speech on a note that was both positive and seemed to be a nod to two of his prominent guests.
‘We have hope, and we hope that leadership will come to this country, and will show a King-like spirit,’ Sharpton concluded.
Both Biden and Bloomberg then delivered speeches that will surely continue to fuel speculation surrounding potential campaigns.
Biden spoke of his work on criminal justice and voting rights, saying he has ‘been in this fight a long time’.
‘I haven’t always been right. I know we haven’t always gotten things right, but I’ve always tried,’ the former vice president said.
Biden also slammed Trump, pointing to the president’s remarks that there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ after a woman was killed while protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
‘No president since the Civil War had ever, ever uttered words like that,’ Biden said.
SOURCE: ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES