It seems at times that it is virtually impossible for any prominent Democrats to say anything nice whatsoever about President Donald Trump, no matter what.
But that trend was just bucked — sort of — by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Democratic 2020 candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, who just revealed the “silver lining” of Donald Trump’s presidency: a lot of Dems have come out of the woodwork to take him on.
The silver lining
The former second lady’s remarks about President Trump came during an interview with Vogue magazine.
Biden was asked for her thoughts on the huge — and still growing — and diverse field of candidates running for the Democratic nomination in 2020.
“I think it’s great,” she said.
She went on: “I think maybe now more people will get involved in politics. Because if you have to think of a positive effect of Trump, that could be one of them: that more people have said, ‘Hey, we’re not going to put up with this.'”
She added: “And thank God more women are running. And they’re interesting and they’re doing it for the right reasons. If you have to find the silver lining, that’s it.”
Biden’s logic applies both ways
Dr. Biden attributed the massive field of candidates to Trump, arguing that his presidency has inspired many to become more involved in the political conversation.
However, the exact same thing has been said with respect to former President Barack Obama’s tenure in office, which in a way, led to Trump’s presidency by similarly activating the Republican base.
Indeed, the opposition to Obama — and to a lesser extent, his vice president — gave rise to the infamous Tea Party, which led to the Republican takeover of Congress.
Once establishment Republicans began to ignore their conservative base, the voters, still stinging from the impact of Obama’s administration, turned their attention to Trump, which is where we are today.
The Bidens may be hoping to catch a similar wave of voters to sweep Democrats into power, but it remains to be seen if that is even possible.
Regardless, at least Jill Biden was able to say something positive about Trump — even if only as a backhanded compliment.