For some who are already skeptical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s chances in November, an endorsement by 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton is its own punchline.
Brad Parscale, campaign manager for President Donald Trump’s re-election bid, slammed the former secretary of state’s endorsement on Tuesday, describing it as the result of corrupt politics and confidently predicting that Trump would beat Biden on Election Day, the Washington Examiner reported.
The Democratic Party has continued to close ranks behind the presumptive nominee even as new developments emerge surrounding a sexual assault allegation against the former senator.
“Both carry baggage”
Clinton threw her weight behind Biden during a virtual town hall on Tuesday, completing a display of establishment solidarity that Parscale and others promptly mocked.
“Both carry baggage of decades in the D.C. swamp [and] both schemed to keep the Dem nomination from Bernie Sanders,” Parscale tweeted.
There’s no greater concentration of Democrat establishment than @JoeBiden & @HillaryClinton together. Both carry baggage of decades in the DC swamp & both schemed to keep the Dem nomination from Bernie Sanders. @realDonaldTrump beat her once & now he’ll beat her chosen candidate.
— Brad Parscale – Download our Trump 2020 App today! (@parscale) April 28, 2020
Downplaying Biden’s negatives
Trump and his allies have joined some on the left in speculating that the Democratic primary elections were rigged against Sanders yet again, following similar complaints after Clinton clinched the 2016 nomination.
Even with what some see as a coordinated effort among media and Democratic Party elites to ignore Biden’s gaffes and scandals, he is facing increased pressure over claims by former Senate staffer Tara Reade, who says he assaulted her in 1993, according to USA Today.
Furthermore, Biden’s apparent episodes of confusion have attracted some mockery, and, as The Washington Times noted, he appeared to doze off while Clinton was speaking, which some equated to a corresponding lack of enthusiasm behind his candidacy.
Party leaders fall in line
Even as the Reade story continued to develop, Biden received the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who said she is “satisfied” with Biden’s denial of the claims.
The candidate has also been endorsed by former President Barack Obama and a trail of former competitors for the Dems’ nomination, most notably Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the race earlier this month.
Democratic elites like Biden and Obama have praised Sanders for moving the party forward by exiting the race while trying to appeal to Sanders supporters, some of whom have cited the Reade scandal as another reason to withhold support.
Sanders’ humiliation grew deeper when Clinton, who bad-mouthed him during this campaign cycle, joined him in lining up behind the same candidate. Their collective hope is now to push Biden past the finish line with apparently little concern for what happens after that.
Is it Clinton’s turn now to embarrass herself — again — or will the establishment pull it off this time? Only time will tell.