Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has made a strategic decision to align himself with the radical leftists that dominate the national conversation currently, but it may backfire on him come election day.
Biden made the fatal mistake of branding some 50 million Americans as “not very good people” in the same week that he also drew the ire of law enforcement unions across the nation.
Biden has spent most of his decades in public service pandering to blue-collar America, but his positions have taken a sharp turn to the left in the 2020 election cycle.
Appearing in a virtual town hall with black supporters on Thursday, Biden told moderator and actor Don Cheadle that “there are probably anywhere from 10 to 15% of the people out there that are just not very good people, but that’s not who we are.”
In his attempt to unify Americans behind his cause, he started out by saying that “the words a president says matter, so when a president stands up and divides people all the time, you’re going to get the worst of us to come out.”
“Do we really think this is as good as we can be as a nation?” He continued. “I don’t think the vast majority of people think that. There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15% of the people out there that are just not very good people, but that’s not who we are. The vast majority of the people are decent, and we have to appeal to that and we have to unite people — bring them together. Bring them together.”
Biden clearly didn’t learn from 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s now-infamous remark in which she said “just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”
Alienating his base
This week, Biden also chose to blame law enforcement officers for escalating the violence wracking the nation for almost two weeks.
Biden tepidly called for protesters to not resort to violence to get their point across in a speech on Tuesday, but admonished that “nor is it acceptable for our police, sworn to protect and serve all people, to escalate tension, resort to excessive violence.”
Hundreds of police officers have been injured, some fatally, after being targeted by radicals and rioters in the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.
“For Joe Biden, police are shaking their heads because he used to be a stand-up guy who backed law enforcement,” said Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations. “But it seems in his old age, for whatever reason, he’s writing a sad final chapter when it comes to supporting law enforcement.”
“Fox & Friends” host Griff Jenkins remarked on Friday that Biden has violated one of the cardinal rules of any campaign: “Don’t alienate your base, don’t alienate any voter for that matter.”