Though presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden continues to cast himself as a centrist candidate, he has received the support of some far-left activists.
Among the most recent examples of this apparent mixed message is an endorsement by Angela Davis, who National Review described as an “unrepentant champion of domestic terrorists and murderers.”
“Pressured into allowing more space”
While Davis did not express full-throated confidence in his ability to “lead us in the right direction,” she nonetheless cast her lot with Biden in a video clip that emerged online earlier this week.
“It will be about choosing a candidate who can be most effectively pressured into allowing more space for the evolving anti-racist movement,” she said of the 2020 presidential race.
Opining on the state of the U.S. election, Davis made her recent remarks as a guest on RT, a television network funded by the Russian government, according to The Washington Times.
“Biden is far more likely to take mass demands seriously,” she said, as the Times reported. “The election will ask us not so much to vote for the best candidate but to vote for or against ourselves. And to vote for ourselves I think means that we will have to campaign for and vote for Biden.”
“For sanity and our democracy”
While the clip has been removed from several platforms, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MI) attached Davis’ clip to her own endorsement of the former vice president.
“I am voting for Biden, because a vote for Biden is one for ourselves,” the congresswoman wrote.
She went on to assert that “Trump’s America isn’t inclusive and doesn’t see it as ‘our’ country,” suggesting that a vote for Biden is necessary for “the sake of progress, for sanity and our democracy.”
Biden, for his part, will need to walk a fine line as he continues a campaign that has notably avoided aligning itself with the party’s far-left wing.
It remains to be seen whether endorsements from Davis and Omar will be enough to shore up support among progressives or whether it will force him to run to the left of his current position.
His ability to please the warring factions within the Democratic Party could mean the difference between his win in November or another four years for President Donald Trump.