Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to express anger and malice … which he’s betting can find like-mindedness in his party these days … and his favorite target is front-running Democrat candidate Joe Biden. Since he’s got nothing else in the toolbox, de Blasio remains all in on kicking Biden for his recent comments about working to get things done long ago with Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, politicians from the south who opposed desegregation.
Perhaps the reason de Blasio does not rise to the standard of “contender” in the Democrats’ 2020 stampede for the party nomination is that he’s got nothing else … no success to point to and no proposals that resonate, other than reparations and the “redistribution of wealth.” What he can pound on is his disapproval of the long deceased Democrats Eastland and Talmadge and for front-running Dem candidate Joe Biden saying that he managed to be civil with them in order to get things done in the U.S. Senate.
Of course “getting things done” is a taboo concept today also.
“At least there was some civility,” Biden told reporters. “We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished. But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”
Mayor de Blasio is wallowing at the very bottom of the large Democrat pool of presidential candidates. His ratings barely register a blip among national voters and his own NY constituents have very low regard for him as well. But there is the diversity thing for him and he’s using it everywhere he goes these days, as much as he can.
He used the increasingly familiar talking points with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Friday.
“Obviously you were, I believe, the first person to speak out,” Mitchell said to de Blasio. “You are the father of black children, you have an African-American wife. And living with that experience, how offensive were Joe Biden’s comments to you?”
“Andrea, it is very painful, and it’s very personal for me. I mean it’s personal for millions and millions of Americans,” de Blasio replied. “Eastland was not just a segregationist. Eastland called for violence against black people. He was very overt about it. He thought white people had a right to kill black people in America. And — and he said those things publicly.”
The mayor talked about the “legacies of segregation to this day” and “horrendous economic injustice” people of color today are dealing with.
“For anyone who understands what African-Americans and all people of color have been through, how on Earth can you say those times of civility, I wish we could go back to that. You can’t acknowledge as a positive civility with someone who did that much harm … Joe Biden needs to apologize,” de Blasio declared.
“It’s incredible to me that he’s kind of puffing up his chest and doubling down and saying I have nothing to apologize for. It’s not about who Joe Biden is as a person, I think he’s a good person. It’s that he has to recognize he’s caused a lot of pain and he’s caused — a lot of people to have questions.”
“Andrea, how can someone who doesn’t understand what that means for people of color in this country want to be the nominee of this party and move this country forward?” de Blasio said, delivering the money shot. “Our party has to be the party of the future, not the party that’s looking back longingly to the days of civility with people who wanted to divide us so deeply.”
“People of color are saying with stronger voices than ever before we’re not going to accept the ground rules of the past,” said one of the primary leaders of the white guilt movement. “We’re not going to accept a system that overtly hurts us and then people don’t acknowledge it. They expect Democrats to speak a blunt truth about how much injustice is happening right now and how much of it is government sponsored injustice that must be changed.
“So if Joe Biden wants to be the nominee of our party, he better show that he gets that and talk about what changes he’s going to make, de Blasio continued. “I disagree with him on many levels because I don’t think he’s talking about change. I think he’s a candidate of the status quo. We can’t afford to continue the status quo in this country, not only for people of color, for working people of all backgrounds, and the status quo is not working. America is not working for working people right now. So, I think what he’s done here is made people think that somehow he is buying into that glossy past, that status quo, that for so many people we don’t want to go back to. We must move past and — and reach a different kind of future.”
Video by MSNBC
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