It’s almost a certainty that Joe Biden, 76, will run for the presidency in 2020. He spoke at the National Action Network’s Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in DC this morning and proceeded not only to call white America ‘racist’ but to tear into President Trump and link him to the ‘forces of darkness’ and hate.
Biden says because of Trump and his presidency it “doesn’t take much to awaken hate.” He planned his throwing of the race card for this very occasion. Just pathetic. Biden is going to use identity politics as his campaign base. That’s the death knell for getting elected and a fatal mistake. And he’s got the full and unwavering support of the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Biden bloviated at the breakfast that hate has been “legitimized” in the past two years. That’s an audacious lie. “We’ve learned in the last two years, it doesn’t take much to awaken hate,” Biden said. “To bring those folks out from under the rocks. That part of American society that’s always been there, will always be there, but has been legitimized.” I’m surprised he didn’t have Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama there to back him up.
“They have been deliberately reawakened again … it’s not an accident,” Biden said, citing the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, where a counter-protester was killed and dozens were injured in a car attack.
The former vice president did not directly name Trump in his criticism. But he has said similar things about him before. In October, Biden said that Trump “assigns moral equivalence” to “dark forces” of hatred. He spoke directly to King’s son at the breakfast and referenced the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA as an example of how “the hate that cut your dad down is still nurtured by those forces of darkness.” Geez.
Biden tells mostly black audience at MLK event: There is something we, not you — we, white America — has to admit … there is systematic racism.
— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) January 21, 2019
And being politically expedient, Biden quoted Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech, saying: “Let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be.”
“We all know what it ought to be,” Biden added.
“America’s been made better, all of the struggles many of you in this room have endured and led.”
If nothing else, Biden has racial pandering down to an art form. “Silence is complicity,” he declared, earning a round of applause.
Former VP Joe Biden at MLK breakfast: "We have a lot to root out, but most of all the systematic racism that most of us whites don't like to acknowledge even exists."
"There's something we have to admit—not you, we, white America—has to admit there's still a systematic racism." pic.twitter.com/preguit7yi
— ABC News (@ABC) January 21, 2019
Biden spoke on a day when numerous potential or declared presidential candidates were participating in MLK Day events, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ). Shortly before Biden spoke, California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris formally announced her presidential run in an interview. Per Fox News, preceding Biden at the National Action Network breakfast was former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who hinted at 2020 considerations when he quipped that he wanted to get “pointers” from Biden on what it’s like to live in Washington.
You’ll remember that at one or more points, Biden has threatened to beat up President Trump. Without addressing his 2020 intentions, Biden spoke in broad terms as he called for people to “speak out” and said, “This is not our America.”
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 21, 2019
President Trump celebrated the holiday by honoring King’s legacy and by disregarding Biden’s criticism.
“Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God. #MLKDay,” he tweeted, along with a presidential proclamation. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also visited and laid a wreath at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.
Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are all created equal by God. #MLKDay https://t.co/pEaVpCB8M4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019
— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) January 21, 2019
Former VP Joe Biden at MLK breakfast: "America's been made better, all the struggles many of you have endured and led.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 21, 2019