While former Vice President Joe Biden has long been known for verbal gaffes and embarrassing statements, his latest blunder could spell doom for his White House campaign.
According to a Monday report from the Washington Examiner, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee referenced a quote made famous by one of history’s most infamous mass murderers at a fundraiser with high-dollar donors on Monday.
“We’ve got to get real economic relief into women’s hands now,” Biden said at the virtual event Monday night, according to the Examiner. “Women hold up half the sky.”
A Mao Zedong favorite
As the Examiner pointed out, the ancient Chinese proverb about women holding up “half the sky” was a favorite of 20th-century dictator Mao Zedong, whose communist reign of terror in China left “an estimated 65 million” people dead, according to The Heritage Foundation. “Anyone who got in his way was done away with,” the foundation explained, “by execution, imprisonment, or forced famine.”
Indeed, Zedong likely isn’t someone Biden would want to align himself with. But that’s exactly what he did at Monday’s event, which also featured a senior adviser to then-President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, according to the Examiner.
The Examiner said more than a dozen “wealthy donors” were present for the fundraiser.
“Wrong” on all counts
The move from Biden only serves to bolster criticism from conservatives about how the former vice president would handle what some view as an impending conflict with China. In an op-ed for The Washington Post published Sunday, right-leaning radio host Hugh Hewitt argued that “Biden is the wrong choice to lead the West through Cold War 2.0.”
Hewitt cited remarks from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who served under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In a 2014 article for The Atlantic, Gates complained that Biden had “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades” — and in a recent episode of Hewitt’s program, Gates made clear that he still stands by those remarks.
The former Defense official pointed to Biden’s record both as a senator during the Cold War and in the Obama White House as indications of his lack of good judgement. “Biden voted against every single arms program, I think, that Ronald Reagan put up on the Hill,” Gates said, according to Hewitt. “He voted for the Iraq War and so on. So I do have those policy differences with him.”
Gates also recalled having “a very deep disagreement on Afghanistan” during the Obama adminstration. “And that was a big deal,” he reportedly told Hewitt.
“I also think that the vice president had some issues with the military,” Gates added, as Hewitt reported. “And I wrote in Duty [Gates’ memoir] about how he would warn the president that he was being boxed in, that the military was trying to take away his options and so on. And he’d kind of rail at the generals. And that bothered me some.”
With November’s election still months away, it’s anybody’s guess who will end up being commander-in-chief for the next four years. But one thing is certain: if Biden is in the man in charge, we’re in for a rocky road ahead.