Founder and leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA Bob Avakian announced Monday, Aug. 3, that he endorsed presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden for president.

In an email to his followers, Avakian urged members to back the former vice president, saying, “Biden is not ‘better’ than Trump, in any meaningful way—except that he is not Trump and is not part of the move to consolidate and enforce fascist rule, with everything that means.”

“At this critical hour, every appropriate means of nonviolent action must be utilized to remove this regime from power,” Avakian wrote. “And if, in spite of mass protest demanding the removal of the Trump/Pence regime, this regime remains in power when it is time for voting, then—without placing fundamental reliance on this—using all appropriate means to work for the removal of this regime must include voting against Trump (assuming the election is actually held).”

The Trump campaign responded to the Revolutionary Communist Party’s endorsement of Biden, saying that it “further demonstrates that Joe Biden is an empty vessel for the radical left.”

“Avakian once faced serious charges of rioting and assault for protesting in favor of Chinese communist Mao Zedong’s bloody and brutal regime. Avakian also titled his memoir “My Journey from Mainstream America To Revolutionary Communist.” “Bob Avakian has taken the whole idea and conception of communism to another level,” one of his admirers once wrote,” they said in a statement. 

“Avakian’s endorsement further demonstrates that Joe Biden is an empty vessel for the radical left. Indeed, Biden is seriously considering communist Rep. Karen Bass [D-Calif.] to be his running mate,” the statement continues. “Bass praised Fidel Castro, traveled to Cuba many times as part of a radical communist revolutionary group that trained in terrorist tactics, and eulogized a Communist Party USA member as her “mentor” in 2017. This is who Biden may put a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

Last week, Bass who is believed to be on Biden’s shortlist, scrambled to explain her past comments praising Fidel Castro and Church of Scientology, an organization that has been accused of acting like a cult.

Biden also has joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is a self-described democratic socialist, to set up a task force addressing a broad array of policy recommendations for the party’s convention platform. Sanders has predicted the former vice president could become the “most progressive president” since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“Joe Biden is too weak to be president and too weak to stand up to the radical left. He’s nothing more than an empty vessel for the extremist fringe of the Democrat Party, a terrifying cabal which now includes active communist leaders,” the Trump campaign said.