OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
You’d think if we’d learned one thing from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, it would’ve been that insulting half of the voter base doesn’t get you very far.
And to be fair, it’s possible that at one time Joe Biden had learned that lesson. But if he ever did, he’s clearly forgotten it now.
During a virtual town hall, Biden discussed race relations in light of George Floyd’s recent death with Don Cheadle and (predictably) blamed it all on Trump– and, by extension, his voters.
“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,” Biden said.
“Do we really think this is as good as we can be as a nation? I don’t think the vast majority of people think that,” Biden continued. “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.”
Where would one find this 10-15% of people, Joe? Perhaps in, oh, I don’t know, a basket of deplorables???
Look, I get what he thought he was saying. And frankly, in almost any other context, a lot of people would probably agree with him. But the implication that those “not very good people” are people who are largely okay with President Trump is unavoidable.
I expect the mainstream media will try to tell us it’s not, that we’re reading into his words something that’s not there. And they’ll be partially right, because there’s not much of anything in any of the words Joe Biden says because frankly I’m not sure he’s even aware of 80% of the words he says.
In any case, at least the PR team for his campaign won’t have to worry about losing their jobs.