Former Vice President Joe Biden (D). Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Speaking at a campaign rally for New Jersey Democratic congressional candidate Mikie Sherrill, former Vice President Joe Biden denounced the current political climate in Washington, arguing that the Republican-led Congress has been afraid of standing up against President Trump's divisive rhetoric, according to

"I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of what's going on in this country... This is not who we are. This is not the America I know."
— Biden asked

Biden harped on Republicans in Congress asking, "What has become of us? My Republican colleagues know better, but they're silent... Where are they?"

The backdrop: Biden, a potential Democratic challenger to Trump, has given himself a January deadline to decide a 2020 presidential run. Running against Biden is what President Trump fears most, his advisers told Axios' Mike Allen earlier this year.

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