Former Vice President Joe Biden appears to be making a bold play for religious voters.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee launched a campaign on Thursday — Believers for Biden — in an apparent attempt to win over some of President Donald Trump’s faithful supporters, according to the Washington Examiner.
Report: Biden courts religious voters
In recent days, President Trump has hammered Biden as a tool of radical extremists who want to destroy religious freedom and the rule of law.
Perhaps sensitive to these perceptions, and as part of a wider effort to win over swing voters, the Biden campaign is investing in broadening his appeal with religious voters of various faiths and denominations.
Biden launched Believers for Biden on Thursday, with an event led by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), himself a minister and Biden ally. The group is planning to hold weekly prayer calls, according to the Examiner.
In July, the campaign also hired Josh Dickson, a former Republican and evangelical, to organize its outreach efforts. As Dickson put it, the campaign plans to connect with religious voters by presenting Biden as a healing, redemptive figure, something that Biden has leaned into heavily amidst racial tensions and calls for social justice.
“This election is about two visions for this country that are diametrically opposed,” said Dickson. “And we believe that Joe’s vision is rooted in that idea of redemption and restoration.”
Liberalism with a twist
This isn’t exactly new: Biden, who was brought up Catholic, has often sought to present an image of homespun religiosity to voters. But in practice, his doctrinaire, woke policies are sure to be anathema to many.
In practice, Biden is looking to imbue social justice politics with a flavor of faith — think former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) — with themes of the “fight against injustice” and the “love of mercy,” as Dickson put it, according to the Examiner.
Beyond the branding, there may well be a ceiling on the potential impact of Biden’s primarily rhetorical — and, let’s face it, basically dishonest — approach.