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Free from his basement, former Vice President Joe Biden is doing his best to exploit the turmoil seen on American streets for electoral gain, though he continues to have real struggles getting out of the gate.
Participating in a virtual town hall moderated by actor Don Cheadle, Biden was commenting on the protests taking place over the past week, but the 77-year-old presumptive Democratic presidential nominee repeated himself three times in a little over 30 seconds.
“The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason for the protest,” Biden said. “The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason for the protest in the first place.”
He repeated the exact sentence, even though he looked down at his notes.
“I worry about tomorrow night in Wilmington, for example,” Biden said. “There’s a lot of really good people — I’m going to be out… I’m not going to be here, I’m going to be up in Pennsylvania, but tomorrow night what I worry a little bit about is you and many others will be out there protesting legitimately for change.”
“But we can’t allow protesting to overshadow the purpose of the protest,” he said for the third time.
With plenty of questions about Biden’s mental agility, as some suggest we are seeing the early signs of senility, the Republican National Committee took care to point out the repetition.
“Despite the assistance of notes, Joe Biden repeats himself 3 times in less than 1 minute,” the RNC tweeted.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 5, 2020
Amid polling showing that President Trump may have unprecedented support from black voters, Biden cannot take this demographic for granted.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., didn’t do Biden any favors during the primary, as she hit him hard for opposing busing back in the day and took issue with his past relationship with two segregationist lawmakers, which Harris said was “hurtful.”
Biden made a comment during Thursday’s virtual town hall that brings to mind the infamous “basket of deplorables” comment from the failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people, but that’s not who we are,” Biden said. “The vast majority of the people are decent, and we have to appeal to that and we have to unite people — bring them together. Bring them together.”
Joe Biden is having his 'deplorables' moment with calling 10-15% of Americans bad people. You know, the actual moment Hillary lost the election?
Between telling black Americans they 'ain't black' if they don't vote for him and this he has alienated about 30% of the population.
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) June 5, 2020
You can be sure that he was not talking about the violent rioters wreaking havoc in the streets of America — Antifa domestic terrorists and other radical elements looting and burning, and violently attacking anyone who tried to stop them.
The remark is clearly a reference to racists, with the Democrat suggesting one out of eight Americans is a racist.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the clip from Twitter:
@DonCheadle…….) This is your man.
— Albert McLaughlin (@AFM0455) June 5, 2020
He can’t. He won’t.
— DocWashburn (@DocWashburn) June 5, 2020
These debates are going to be awesome.
— Logan D (@DeperteLogan) June 5, 2020
Thao…. Joe is gonna solve racism, be a part of the solution! 😆🤣😂😂
— Worthless Wray (@WorthlessWray) June 5, 2020
— Tom (@NinjaPadlr) June 5, 2020
Sleepy Joe. Time for bed.
— Christine (@crel2112) June 5, 2020
— Julie H Wright✝️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Text TRUMP to 88022 (@juliew38138) June 5, 2020
Don Cheadle’s face is priceless
— John Burke (@CrankyJohnny) June 5, 2020
I think Keith James needs an applause for not bursting into laughter bc lord knows that was not easy 🤣🤣🤣
— Kelly Peterson (@k_ubytx) June 5, 2020
Seriously I almost feel bad laughing at him. That’s how bad it is. It’s like I’m laughing at a mentally handicapped person, and that’s just not right. pic.twitter.com/WpGDghUstZ
— Krista Hilton 🇺🇸⚡️🇺🇸 (@KristaMHilton) June 5, 2020
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