One of Trump’s most vocal critics has been Vice President Joe Biden, and he did not fail to let Trump have it again at a rally in Kentucky.
Biden was campaigning for Amy McGrath in an attempt to build up support in the rural area before election day in November. At the rally, Biden didn’t just sound like a former vice president. He sounded like a potential 2020 presidential nominee.
45 is in #Kentucky today stooping for Andy Barr. His rally will undoubtedly be full of hate, outright lies and fear mongering.
— The Preppy Democrat (@ThePreppyDem) October 13, 2018
‘He is just trashing American values the way he talks about people, the way he makes fun of people, the way he denigrates folks. I got to tell you, I think there is a method to his madness because he wants you to get down in the most pit with him.’
— Gardens to Gables (@gardenstogables) October 12, 2018
It didn’t end there, however. He also made similar comments in an after-rally interview.
‘We can’t possibly in my view win the presidency unless we can begin to reclaim those white working-class voters that used to vote for us.’
He noted that Trump’s strategy to blame everything on illegal immigrants has been a successful one and recognized it reaches the working-class.
‘His value set is much too narrow and self-serving, and I think it’s deliberately designed to appeal to the legitimate frustrations of a lot of working-class people by finding a scapegoat, the “other.” Your lost your job, your identity is being threatened because of that immigrant. It’s an old, old method.
‘I look out there and I just don’t know how much more grievance can be appealed to by this guy to keep a majority.’
The only problem with saying that is the fact that Trump is well known for being able to reach the lowest of lows and still go lower.
Based on Biden’s schedule, he’s remained on the campaign trail consistently and been vocal and highly visible. The New York Times noted he was maintaining an “aggressive schedule.”
‘In this midterm cycle, Mr. Biden has maintained an aggressive schedule, campaigning for more than two dozen Democratic candidates. His travels – from California to rural Kentucky, on college campuses and among party base voters – are meant to convey that the potential 2020 presidential candidate has maintained broad, cross-sectional appeal, even as fissures appear between the party’s moderate and left wings.’
In fact, Biden said he doesn’t see fracturing in the party that many have been noting.
‘I don’t buy this thing that there is this great divide with white working class people on progressive issues vs. economic issues. I haven’t found that.’
If Biden needed reassurance that people wanted him to run for president in 2020, he received it from the crowd at the Bath County High School gym. They crowd chanted, “Run Joe run!”
— Betty Mc (@Cluelessbetty) October 12, 2018
The county that Biden visited sees its citizens register as Democrats for local races; however, they vote for Republicans in the national races. Bath County is definitely an area of working-class white people. The New York Times described the area:
‘The county is almost 98 percent white, with only 12 percent of its population holding at least a bachelor’s degree and 25 percent living in poverty.’
Despite the local support for Republicans, many in the area thought the speech he gave was a great speech and said so on Twitter.
@JoeBiden your visit to Kentucky to support @AmyMcGrathKY was THE topic of discussion in Lexington today. All said it was a great speech and visit. A lot of these folks have heard some strong preachers so that’s a high compliment. We appreciate you! #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica
— Gina (@Gina45986) October 13, 2018
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