SAN DIEGO. After a long flirtation, Joe Biden’s candidacy video is out. It is an inspirational reminder that the idea of America is a “guarantee that everyone is treated with dignity.” Unfortunately, his means to achieving such “dignity” began with repetition of the boring falsity that President Trump is a racist.
With his words, the former Vice President also insults half of our nation’s voters by suggesting they put a racist into office, which may not be the best recipe for “dignity” restoration.
Be that as it may, Joe Biden’s announcement video was loose with proof of his assertion, a revisitation of some controversial remarks made by the President after tragic violence broke out between white supremacists and protesters back in 2017.
Biden lies about Trump in his first campaign statement
Biden very passionately reminds people that Trump’s reaction to the protests was that there are “very fine people on both sides.”
“With those words,” Biden said, “the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.”
In fact, this frequently repeated snippet takes Trump’s actual words completely out of context:
“Above all else, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag. We’re proud of our country. We’re proud of who we are. So, we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen.”
This was not enough to satisfy Trump’s critics, who probably would not have been satisfied no matter what he said. Their claim is that he had not gone far enough in condemning racism.
And so, Trump elaborates, but yet the lie continues:
“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. … I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name. … So you know what, it’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture. And you had people — and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the White nationalists, because they should be condemned totally — but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and White nationalists. Okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people. But you also had troublemakers, and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the other group.”
To any thinking, fair person, President Trump clearly condemned the racism. He also differentiated between white supremacists and those who were simply protecting a statue.
So much for the good and bad on one side. On the other side, in addition to law-abiding protesters, there was Anti-Fa, a violent thug group renown for its violence. If that group isn’t evil, the word “evil” should be removed from dictionaries.
And so, there were fine people on both sides and bad people on both sides.
Meanwhile, Biden’s disingenuous portrayal of President Trump’s words on Charlottesville, is becoming a difficult sell for additional reasons. The most important is that there is record low unemployment amongst African-Americans and Hispanics under Trump’s current administration.
According to an NPR poll, Trump has a 50 percent approval rating amongst legal Hispanics!
Trump also has the support of many African-American leaders and celebrities. These include Candice Owens, Kanye West, Diamond and Silk, Larry Elders, Ben Carson, Pastor Darrell Scott, and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King.
It is difficult to imagine any of these black leaders supporting a known racist.
Do not be remiss and forget that Joe Biden does not exactly have impeccable credentials where comments about race are concerned. Need we remind ourselves that back in 2007, Biden described Barack Obama as smart and clean for a black man?
“I mean, you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a story-book, man.”
He did apologize for the comment but is he really in a position to be taking President Trump’s comments out of context after such a statement of his own?
While Trump did say that Biden was “not the brightest bulb in the group,” it stretches credulity to assume Biden is not aware of what Trump truly said and meant regarding Charlottesville. That leaves us with two choices; Biden is speaking a lie, or Biden is speaking out of ignorance.
Given either choice, it is not the best way to launch a presidential campaign.
This is Bob Siegel, making the obvious, obvious.
Bob Siegel is a weekend radio talk show host on KCBQ and a regular CDN columnist. He had the honor of interviewing Alveda King, who is mentioned in this article. Bob’s novel “The Dangerous Christmas Ornament” is a 2017 “Distinguished Favorite” of the Independent Press Award and the New York City Big Book Award. “About Read” lists this book as one of its Top 30 Recommended Action Adventure Books for 11-Year-Olds.