PHILADELPHIA, July 27 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden delivered a fiery speech to delegates at the Democratic convention, praising Hillary Clinton and calling Donald Trump's promises to boost the middle class "a bunch of malarkey."
Biden told delegates he is convinced Donald Trump's "lack of empathy" is proof he will not put the interests of ordinary Americans before his own.
"His cynicism is unbounded. His lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase I suspect he's most proud of having made famous: You're fired."
Biden hushed the cheering crowd and continued the attack.
"Think about everything you learned as a child no matter where you were raised. How can there be pleasure in saying 'you're fired.' He's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class? Give me a break. That's a bunch of malarkey."
Biden also offered an emotional ode to his late son. Beau, who died of brain cancer, and told all Americans struggling through the grief of losing a family member he has been inspired by their poise and toughness.
"Your love, your prayers, your support. We think about the countless thousands of other people who suffered so much more than we have with so much less support. But they get up every morning. They keep going. They put one foot in front of the other. That's who we are," Biden said.
He also offered kind words for Clinton, who he said he had breakfast with once a week while she was secretary of state.
"Everybody knows she's smart. Everybody knows she's tough But I know what she's passionate about. I know Hillary. ... There's only one person in this election who will help you."