Biden says ‘xenophobic’ Japan keeps women in workforce to keep foreigners out

Another day, another Joe Biden gaffe.

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The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate added another incident to his growing list of misstatements and verbal flubs by making a strange comment about the “xenophobic” people of Japan and women in the workforce.

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Speaking to supporters in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Wednesday, Biden brought up the “economic laws of physics” as he turned to the example of Japan where he said the women remain in the workforce because of the nation’s opposition to having foreign workers.

“You cannot succeed as a country if you leave more than half of your brainpower on the sidelines,” he said. “Not a joke, not a joke.”

He then pointed out how traditional roles have changed under Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe with women staying employed after childbirth.

“Japan is in a position where traditionally women are as well-educated as men, but the tradition was, once they had a child, they were to drop out of the job market,” Biden said, speaking of his experiences working with “President Abe” when he was vice president in the Obama administration.

“There’s an entire move, because they’re xenophobic — because they don’t want to invite other people from outside their country to come in and make up the workforce — they have fewer workers than they have a need for workers,” Biden said. “And so, what they’ve done is they’ve decided to encourage women to stay in the job market.”

Conservative commentator Kristin Tate thinks Biden may not make it through the 2020 race if he keeps “putting his foot in his mouth.

“The more I hear from Joe Biden, the more I think that perhaps his first day on the campaign trail was his best day,” she told Fox Business Network’s Liz MacDonald.

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“It seems the more he is in front of voters, the more his campaign just flounders,” she said citing examples of recent gaffes by the 76-year-old Democrat.

At a campaign stop last weekend, Biden commented on being in a town in Vermont while he was actually in New Hampshire. At a New Hampshire stop on Monday, Biden was confused about speaking earlier at nearby Dartmouth College, but assured everyone that he was “not going nuts.”

At the Iowa State Fair earlier this month, Biden confused supporters as he rallied the crowd by declaring that Americans “choose truth over facts.” He also appeared to forget this month that Thomas Jefferson was a U.S. president, and said that “poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.”

Despite his missteps, Biden seems to be holding his own as the front-runner in the pack Democratic candidates vying for the presidential nomination. The former vice president has 28.9 percent support according to a RealClearPolitics  national average of polls.

At least he is keeping his campaign staff busy, as his communications director, Kate Bedingfield, covered for him during an interview with MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell.

“I think the press has to be more careful about applying an unfair standard to Joe Biden than they’re applying to other candidates,” she said. “People know who he is. They know this is a part of his charm.”


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