Recently, a leaked recording revealed a top Biden aide remarking that leading Democrats wanted to keep Biden in his basement as long as possible. Even from the safety of his basement, Biden manages to embarrass himself and his party on a daily basis. Biden recently emerged to comment on the death of George Floyd. The gaffe that ensued was not blatantly caused by Biden’s incipient Alzheimer’s, but by his trait tone-deafness to the mood of communities he considers to be his base.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 11, 2020
“If you don’t vote for me, then you ain’t black”
With a medical mask awkwardly hanging from his ear, Biden made a few incoherent and rambling comments before claiming that George Floyd’s death was a bigger deal than the the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Let that sink in for a minute. After centuries of slavery were abolished after the civil war, segregationist Jim Crow laws continued to exist for another hundred years until Dr. Martin Luther King led the movement to get all Americans truly equal under the law. In doing so, MLK was carrying on a tradition that goes back to Chapter 8 of the Book of Acts. For millions of Americans, the end of Jim Crow was a sea change in their nation’s history.
Biden said, “Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did. Because just like television changed the civil rights movement for the better when they saw Bull Connor’s dogs ripping the clothes off of elderly black women who were trying to go to church, and fire hoses ripping the skin off of young kids . . . That, all those folks around the country who didn’t have any black populations heard about this, but they didn’t believe it, but they saw it, it was impossible for them to close their eyes. Well, what happened to George Floyd, now you’ve got how many people around the country? Millions of cell phones, it’s changed the way everybody’s looking at this. Look at the millions of people marching around the world.”
Biden cheapens American history for campaign points
Joe Biden is an offensive disgrace to the black community. Don’t you dare compare MLK to 7 time prison attendant George Floyd. Also, I expect a public apology for your #YouAintBlack comment. You don’t determine blackness crazy old man. https://t.co/rLUPsbelJj
— Christian Walker (@ChristianWalk1r) June 11, 2020
The murder of George Floyd is sad and should never have happened. But Floyd was no leader nor visionary. The nation has seen similar riots from Detroit in 1967 to LA in 1992. They are not to be taken lightly or forgotten, but they have not so deeply reshaped what it means to be American. The day violent rioting and looting do that is a day MLK would never hope to see, and neither should we.
Maybe Biden is staying awake at nights wondering how badly his joyful, leading role in creating the 1994 crime bill will affect his election chances. With his steady stream of gaffes insulting African Americans, Biden is failing to mitigate it.