Joe Biden has done it again.
The presumptive Democrat Presidential nominee said Thursday that “There are probably anywhere from 10-15% of the people out there who are just not very good people.”
I guess being “not very good” is a notch above “deplorable,” as Hillary Clinton described Trump supporters in 2016. But just like Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment, Biden’s words will likely be memorialized on t-shirts, bumper stickers, memes and campaign ads for at least the next five months – longer if President Trump wins re-election.
It’s the second time in as many weeks that Biden has made inexplicable comments in an interview from his basement that offended a slice of the population. Two weeks ago, while talking with The Breakfast Club, Biden told host “Charlemagne tha God” that “You ain’t black” if you can’t decide between him and Trump.
The former VP’s campaign seems to have adopted an on again-off again strategy of laying low and waiting for President Trump to hurt his own re-election chances with brash tweets or bizarre comments. Considering Biden’s own questionable stability and gaffe-prone nature, it’s not a bad plan. But he comes up for air every few days and there’s a 50-50 chance he’s going to shoot himself in the proverbial foot when he does.
Take this tweet for example, which caught the eye of fellow Convergent writer, Tom Searl. Considering the questions that have swirled about Biden’s mental competency now and in the future, it was not the best choice of words.
The notion that Trump supporters (or Republicans in general) are less than the best our society has to offer is not new. It’s rooted in the pre-Trump Presidential campaign of 2008 when then Senator Barack Obama said that blue-collar, industrial voters “get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Even 2008 rival Hillary Clinton jumped on those comments, calling them “elitist and out of touch.” Ironically, she would repeat the same error – to her peril – eight years later. Biden is going down a similar path with a number of his comments this year. It’s ironic that the party of inclusion is so quick to exclude wide swaths of the voting public. They so often portray themselves as knowing what’s good for these poor simpletons, since they aren’t sophisticated enough to figure it out on their own.
Is there truth in Biden’s words? Perhaps. I mean, not everybody is a good person. There are plenty of “bad” people out there. We all probably know a few. We’ve seen plenty of them on TV and social media lately, from racist or overzealous cops to rioters looting and burning buildings or beating people with bricks and two-by-fours. Condemning those folks is just and right. That’s not what Biden was doing. Though he stopped short of specifically calling Trump supporters “not good,” the implication was clear: Most voters are good; the rest support Trump.
It remains to be seen which candidate will offend more voters or commit more verbal blunders over the next five months. They both seem to do so in their own unique ways. President Trump can’t stay out of sight, and has proven he will never be muzzled. Biden’s best shot at the White House may be to do just that.