(UnitedVoice.com) – For five years, Democrats have been trying to make the case that President Donald Trump is a racist. In less than three months, Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden has done all he could to make Trump look like the good guy on race relations. Regardless of intentions, he’s undermining his party’s attacks on the president.
This week alone, Biden gaffed twice, causing his campaign team to go into full crisis management mode to fix the problem. Biden continues to reinforce that he has a problem with the Black community, not Trump.
Biden’s inability to control what he really thinks has his campaign team thankful for every day that he is not on the campaign trail. They’re not the only ones. According to New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin, Democrats are “thrilled there is no real public campaign.”
Biden has a long history with gaffes and with talking about race in a way that Democrats wish they could pin on Donald Trump. The problem is that Trump hasn’t made the kind of remarks Biden has made, and Trump’s statements are continually taken out of context to turn them into something he didn’t say. Biden… well, he’s Biden.
Let’s take a look at how the former vice president’s past explicitly undermines his ability to attack Trump on race issues, and why it could help Trump sway enough Black voters to win the November election.
Biden’s Statements on Race Through the Years
In over 40 years of public service as a presidential candidate, US Senator, and Vice President, Biden has said things that would make Democrats delighted if he were a Republican.
This week, he asked CBS News Correspondent Errol Barnett, who is Black, if she was a “junkie.” Speaking to the Latino community, Biden said that blacks were monolithic and predictable. He said, “unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”
Unfortunately for Biden, that just scratches the surface of things he has said about Blacks. Here is a brief example:
- 1975 – About mandated school integrations, “school integration was the most racist concept you can come up with.”
- 1975 – Labeling integrationists as racist, “What it (new integration plans) says is, ‘In order for your child with curly black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin to be able to learn anything, he needs to sit next to my blond-haired, blue-eyed son.”
- 1993 – African American felons are “predators” too sociopathic to rehabilitate.
- 1994 – About inner-city life ravaged by drugs and violence, and full of predators, “they are beyond the pale many of those people, beyond the pale.”
- 2006 – How to compete with southern candidates: “My state was a slave state…”
- 2008: About former President Barack Obama in 2008, “(He’s) the first sort of mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean.”
- 2012: Attempting to use a southern accent and black vernacular, Biden accused Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) of wanting to “put you all back in chains.”
Trump Responds to Thursday’s Comment
Immediately after learning of Biden’s statement about a lack of Black diversity, thinking, and accusing them of all being the same, President Trump said that Biden disparaged and insulted the Black community.
Republicans and Trump are hoping that Biden is forced to begin campaigning. They believe that Biden will continue to gaffe and open the door wide for a second Trump term. Over the last week, polls have shown that Trump is narrowing the gap on the former vice president.
Once the campaign really begins after Labor Day Weekend and the debates ensue, Trump has an opportunity to seal the deal when the nation can fully see the contrast they have to choose from. The Trump campaign is betting that Biden will continue to undermine his own candidacy.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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