We love Joe Biden. We really do. Unless someone amazing comes along, he may be the Democratic party’s only hope for a real challenge to Trump’s presidency in 2020. He’s blunt, and he’s not afraid to criticize the orange baboon when it’s called for. That time was called for during an Axios event he appeared at to discuss cancer treatment innovation.
The former vice president is all too aware of the evils of cancer. He lost his son Beau Biden to brain cancer. Since then, he’s become an advocate for cancer research. Though the event was meant to focus on treating cancer, the conversation did turn to President Donald Trump. Mike Allen, a co-founder of Axios, saved it for one of the last questions and brought up Biden’s recent tweet that hammered President Donald Trump.
Allen called Biden a “straight-shooter” and asked him to put “political niceties aside” and then asked Biden his take on Trump. You can hear Dr. Jill Biden, his wife, murmur, “Oh Lord,” before Biden answered. She had good reason to because Biden did not hold back, and he let the crowd know how he really felt. He told the crowd to get an article from conservative columnist David Brooks. He then remarked on what Brooks wrote:
‘He said, “There is an invisible moral fabric that glues and holds up the society.” You know what it is, it’s just decency, treating people with respect. It’s about being out there and actually having a common sense of what is good for the country… This has gotten so sort of coarse, so vile, so demeaning, and our children are listening.’
He continued and brought up the ugliness of the violent Charlottesville, VA. riots that saw white supremacists emboldened and unafraid to express their evil beliefs. He then asked if we could have ever imagined those protesting against the white supremacists would be compared to them? Remember, Trump refused to call out the white supremacists directly.
‘Did anyone of you ever think that you would see, in one of the historic cities of America, folks coming out from under rocks, and out of the fields with torches, carrying swastikas, literally reciting the same exact anti-Semitic bile we heard in the ’30s? … And then have those who were protesting compared as a moral equivalent to those people? Folks, this is eating at the fabric of this country. It is wrong.’
He then brought up the glorious Democratic victories on November 7, where several seats were flipped in state legislatures from red to blue. Furthermore, Democrats won the governorships in New Jersey and Virginia.
‘I think what happened last night all across the country, including with Republicans is, “I’m tired of this.” It’s undermining the social fabric of the nation this phone nationalism.’
Biden then criticized the president for trying to represent the country globally by flexing our military strength, rather than leading by example diplomatically for other nations to see.
‘Think about it. Do you ever think you’d be in a position where a president or secretary of state said it’s not about our values but our power? Look, the reason why the world is compared to America is not just because of the exercise of our power, but it’s the power of our example. It’s who the hell we are.’
After that last resounding and inspiring remark, Allen asked Biden point-blank, “Would you have beaten Trump?” The crowd applauded; however, Dr. Biden would not allow Biden to answer and exclaimed, “We’ve got to go!”
If you’re not standing up and applauding, you should be. Though Biden deserves a quiet life after eight years serving as vice president, we can only hope he’ll challenge Trump in 2020.
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