Victor Davis Hanson: Biden’s backed into a precarious paradox, at risk of infuriating radical base

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Historian and columnist Victor Davis Hanson believes Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has become a “prisoner” to his socialist supporters.

The Hoover Institution senior fellow told Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” about the “paradox” that Biden finds himself in while attempting to unite factions of the Democrat Party. The former vice president, David contended, is facing the prospect of enraging the “hard left” if he takes a stronger stand against protests across U.S. cities.

(Source: Fox News)

“For about 90 days, he really was a virtual candidate and he had a steady lead in the polls because he looked at that violence in the street, in Portland, and Seattle, as useful — the anarchy and chaos supposedly reflected badly on the commander-in-chief,” Hanson told guest host Tammy Bruce who was filling in for Laura Ingraham on Thursday.

“Then, as [CNN host] Don Lemon put it, suddenly things changed. These polls that your prior guests demarcated, there’s a lot of other polls, and they see a gradual increase in Trump’s support,” he continued.

“And suddenly it became ‘we can’t have this devil’s bargain anymore with the hard left and we’ve got to come out and sort of say something that they shouldn’t do this’ — where they were perfectly happy to see a precinct burned down … willing to tolerate that and now they are not so useful,” Hanson added.

“After embracing the socialist agenda which includes the Green New Deal, reparations and the wealth tax,” Biden and Democrats can’t exactly condemn Black Lives Matter, Hanson argued, explaining the “contradictions” facing the nominee heading into the final stretch of the 2020 race.

“This is just the beginning because they have all these contradictions down the road. He has already stepped into fracking. During the primary, we are going to stop all new fracking, we are going to phase out fossil fuels, then he looks at this purple swing state paradigm and he says wait a minute,” Hanson told Bruce.

“That is going to be about as popular as supporting BLM and now we are going to see the same thing with guns — and he is in a paradox,” he added.

Biden spoke to a small group of supporters at a town hall event in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday, making plenty of comments that raised eyebrows while he continued to tout his agenda and condemn the Trump administration.

“Every time he contextualizes and backs off on that agenda, his base is going to say ‘wait a minute, we were going to use you to carry this agenda through — ‘good old Joe from Scranton’ — you can’t renege on this deal,” Hanson said on Thursday. “He’s a prisoner.”

Bruce suggested Biden should try to appeal “to a broader base.”

“Maybe this is a time if you’re going to alienate a group, maybe you alienate the group that is burning down American cities while embracing the group that is not. Is that perhaps why he’s beginning to flip-flop in this case and realizing that somebody has advised him incorrectly or maybe there’s chaos?” she wondered.

Hanson explained that the “center of gravity” for Democrats is Silicon Valley, Hollywood, corporate America, the very hard left, BLM, sympathy for Antifa and American universities.

“They have very little popular support but they have an enormous cultural and media clout,” he noted.

“If you are confined in a basement for 90 days and you don’t go out to a place like Kenosha until recently, you don’t know what’s going on in the world — and they were shocked that these polls started to change and now they are trying to readjust and they are being told by Hollywood and the left, you can’t renege on this deal,” he added.

Bruce concluded the segment, noting that the strategy “does not sound like leadership.”

“It sounds like a circus, that there is no real foundation of vision, there’s no direction,” she said.


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