Former Vice President Joe Biden has his hands full trying to win over the radical progressive faction of the Democratic Party and his continued gaffes are not helping matters.
When it comes to traversing the intolerant left’s minefield of political correctness, candidates must be nimble and quick on their feet, but the 76-year-old Biden is falling short in his quest to prove just how woke he is.
At a campaign fundraiser in Seattle on Saturday, Biden was trying to tout how far the United States has come when it comes to accepting the LGBT community, but ended up being jeered by wealthy donors in the room, according to the Washington Examiner.
Speaking at the home of public relations executive Roger Nyhus, Biden suggested that as late as 2014, it was acceptable for businessmen to make “fun of a gay waiter.”
“Today, that person would not be invited back,” he added.
“Not in Seattle!” someone in the crowd said, in response to Biden’s claim that making fun of gay people would have been tolerated.
The comment came as the area was celebrating Pride Weekend.
Citing the campaign’s pool report, the paper said much of the rest of his speech was “indecipherable due to the fact that he spoke so softly.”
Not that the former vice president is willing to attribute any of his stumbles to being the “old guy” in the race.
“I know I get criticized, ‘Biden says he can bring the country together.’ Well, guess what, I refuse to accept — ‘He’s the old guy.’ I refuse to accept the status quo,” he told donors earlier in the day at a Silicon Valley fundraiser.
If elected, Biden would be the oldest person to become president — he’s not the oldest candidate in the race. That honor goes to “Crazy Bernie” Sanders, who is 77 years old.
At last week’s Democratic presidential debate, 38-year-old Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif, urged Biden to “pass the torch.”
Retail politics continues to be a challenge for Biden, unlike his former boss, President Barack Obama.
This was seen in Chicago on Friday, when Biden was talking about race relations — coming after his well-publicized exchange with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at Thursday’s debate.
Only this time, it was Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who called him out.
“That kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger,” Biden said, while speaking at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition facility.
Booker took to Twitter to rebuke Biden for the remark, suggesting the term “gangbanger” was racially insensitive.
“This isn’t about a hoodie. It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place,” Booker tweeted. “Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way.”
This isn’t about a hoodie. It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place. Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way. https://t.co/c2BFSSOHro
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 28, 2019
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