Despite being considered a frontrunner right out of the gate, Joe Biden has had a rocky presidential campaign so far. He seems to be the chosen punching bag for his opponents at the moment with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) being the latest to target the former vice president.
Following a fiery spat with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) over his civil rights record this past week, Biden has found himself in hot water with many far-left Democrats. Booker says Biden’s debate performance was only the latest example of the former vice president “not bringing people together” and causing “pain with his words.”
“We have one destiny in this nation and right now the vice president to me is not doing a good job of bringing folks together,” the New Jersey senator said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “In fact, and I’ve heard this from people across the country, he’s causing a lot of frustration and even pain with his words.”
This is not the first time Booker has had an issue with Biden. After the former vice president recently recalled having a working relationship with multiple segregationist lawmakers, Booker demanded he apologize.
“He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son,’” Biden said of one of the segregationist senators.
“You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys,’” Booker responded to Biden’s comment at the time.
On “Meet the Press,” Booker was clearly still unhappy with his opponent.
“He fell into a defensive crouch and tried to reassign blame and said that I should apologize to him,” Booker said.
The senator said the next president needs to be someone who can help the country come together, something he doesn’t seem to think Biden is capable of doing.
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“Whoever the next president is going to be really needs to be someone who can talk openly and honestly about race with vulnerability because none of us are perfect, but really call this country to common ground, to reconciliation,” Booker said. “I’m not sure if Vice President Biden is up to that task, given the way this last three weeks have played out.”
The senator also went after Biden for not adequately addressing his role in the passage of the incredibly controversial 1994 Crime Bill.
“A lot of Democrats involved in the 1994 Crime Bill have spoken openly with vulnerability, talking about their mistakes. So that doesn’t disqualify you. But we have seen from the Vice President over the last month is an inability to talk candidly about the mistakes he made, about things he could’ve done better, about how some of the decisions he made at the time in difficult context actually have resulted in really bad outcomes,” Booker said.
The senator continued, “And this, this bad culture where you can’t admit mistakes, when you can’t speak to your vulnerabilities and your imperfections; we all have them. But when it comes to difficult issues of race, if you can’t talk openly and honestly about your own development on these issues, I think it’s very hard to lead our country forward so that we can actually deal with our past and rise to a better common cause and common future.”
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