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The head of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA has publicly endorsed Joe Biden after deciding his views most closely align with the presumptive Democratic nominee.
In a statement, the party’s leader, Bob Akavian, 77, asked his party’s members and backers to “deliver a decisive defeat to Trump and the whole fascist regime.”
“At this critical hour, every appropriate means of non-violent action must be utilized to remove this regime from power,” he continued.
Avakian noted further that while he’s not a fan of the former vice president, it’s more important to oust President Donald Trump. The controversial party leader who has often backed violent fringe movements around the world told followers that they should not cast ‘protest votes’ for third-party or Independent candidates.
While Biden and the Democrat Party remain “representatives and instruments of this exploitative, oppressive, and literally murderous system of capitalism-imperialism,” the Communist leader nevertheless believes this year’s presidential choice is an easy one for his followers.
“Biden is not ‘better’ than Trump, in any meaningful way — except that he is not Trump and is not part of the move to consolidate and enforce fascist rule, with everything that means,” Avakian said in his email.
“To approach this election from the standpoint of which candidate is ‘better’ means failing to understand the truly profound stakes and potential consequences of what is involved,” he continued.
“The fact is that there can be one — and only one — ‘good’ that can come out of this election: delivering a decisive defeat to Trump and the whole fascist regime.”
In an interview with RT last month, Angela Davis, who rose to fame as a Left-wing radical in the 1970s and was the Communist Party USA’s vice-presidential pick in 1980 and 1984, said ideological Leftists should select Biden because he could be “most effectively pressured” into implementing their agenda, the Washington Times reported this week.
In 2016, John Bachtell, national chairman of the Communist Party USA, initially supported socialist Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016, but then he backed eventual party nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Then, as now with Avakian, choosing Clinton was due to closer ideological and political alignment.
“The most important thing is keeping our eye on this extreme right-wing danger and really hoping that all political organizations and democratic forces will unite together to try to defeat that,” he said.
“Whoever emerges from the primary fight, there will be a very broad coalition to try to get them elected,” he added. “We support independence from the Democratic Party and work with forces laying the groundwork for a third party, but it’s not realistic in this election.”
He went on to say that many of the then-5,000 or so Communist Party USA members were continuing to back Sanders.
It’s not clear if the Biden campaign has rejected the Communist leader’s endorsement. But in May, the campaign rejected the endorsement of fired FBI Director James Comey, who left the Republican Party in 2018.
“Voted in first Dem primary to support party dedicated to restoring values in WH. I agree with @amyklobuchar: We need candidate who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office,” Comey noted on Twitter. “There is a reason Trump fears @joebiden and roots for Bernie. #Biden2020.”
Voted in first Dem primary to support party dedicated to restoring values in WH. I agree with @amyklobuchar: We need candidate who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office. There is a reason Trump fears @joebiden and roots for Bernie. #Biden2020
— James Comey (@Comey) March 3, 2020
But Andrew Bates, the Biden campaign’s communications director, turned down Comey’s backing.
“Yes, customer service? I just received a package that I very much did not order. How can I return it, free of charge?” Bates noted on Twitter.
Yes, customer service? I just received a package that I very much did not order. How can I return it, free of charge? https://t.co/NK4VrYGzT1
— Andrew Bates (@AndrewBatesNC) March 3, 2020
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