Context is key.
Remember when failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said half of Trump supporters belong in a basket of deplorables?
Well, Biden almost had a similar moment. He said 10 to 15% of Americans are “not very good people.” But you have to look at the whole statement because I refuse to slice and dice his whole comment.
First off, at least Biden didn’t specifically say Trump supporters.
Second, he said the “vast majority” of Americans “are decent.”
“The words a president says matter, so when a president stands up and divides people all the time, you’re going to get the worst of us to come out,” Mr. Biden said during the discussion, which was moderated by the actor Don Cheadle.
“Do we really think this is as good as we can be as a nation? I don’t think the vast majority of people think that,” the former vice president said. “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. 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.”
I personally believe he is correct. However, I personally think he does not believe it.
Biden and the majority of those in government (on both sides) ignore the fact that the majority of Americans are decent and charitable.
If they acknowledged it they wouldn’t tax us to death and have so many social programs. They cannot accept the fact that so many of us Americans give a lot of money to charities and always willing to help out our neighbors.
Biden admitted that the hate did not “begin with Donald Trump,” but he also claimed that Trump’s rhetoric has driven apart this country.
Trump’s rhetoric doesn’t help. But we have been a divided nation for quite a while. It’s just more apparent with social media.
Plus, President Barack Obama used some pretty divisive rhetoric. He is just more eloquent with it.
But to ignore the fact that we were divided during the eight years under Obama is just stupid:
“I thought we had made enormous progress when we elected an African-American president, I thought things had really changed,” he said. “I thought you could defeat hate, you could kill hate. But the point is, you can’t. Hate only hides, and if you breathe any oxygen into that hate, it comes alive again.”
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