"Barack and I agreed to remain silent for a while to give this administration a chance to get up and running the first year," said Biden. "God forgive me."
Anne Hathaway spoke at the Human Rights Campaign's National Dinner on Saturday night, where she said she felt much better about the state of the world after hearing Joe Biden's speech on the same night.
The actress was being honored with the National Equity Award, while the former vice president was a guest speaker. "I think I’m probably walking around like most people right now. I’m pretty shell shocked by what I see every day, what I hear everyday," said Hathaway, according to the New York Post. "And I really don’t like to admit this, but I get scared."
But after hearing words of hope from Biden and HRC President Chad Griffin, Hathaway said, "You guys just gave me my heart back."
Biden hit the dais after his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, spoke of her unabiding hatred of bullies, without mentioning anyone by name. But considering the audience, it seemed pretty obvious. The former vice president was far more direct with his comments.
"Barack and I agreed to remain silent for a while to give this administration a chance to get up and running the first year," Biden said, as reported by Mediaite. And then performing the sign of the cross, he added, "God forgive me."
He went on to say that after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, he just couldn't do it anymore. "We are in a fight for America's soul," he said. "And we have leaders who at the time when that occurred, when these guys were accompanied by white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan and those that objected making a comparison saying there are good people in both groups."
"What has become of us?" asked Biden. "Our children are listening."
"I really needed this," Hathaway said at the beginning of her own speech, where she talked about her work within the LGBTQ community and the frightening hatred she hears spewed toward them. "Let’s tear this world apart and build a better one."