The Democratic 2020 primary race experienced a bit of a shake-up among the candidates following the unexpected attack by California Sen. Kamala Harris against former Vice President Joe Biden that seemed to call his civil rights record and commitment to racial equality into question.
Now Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, has spoken out regarding Harris’ verbal assault on her husband’s reputation, arguing that the American people “didn’t buy it.”
Dr. Biden’s remarks came during a Monday interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN:
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Cuomo asked the former second lady for her reaction to Harris’ “I don’t think you’re a racist, but…” angle of attack against the former vice president, and Biden replied, “The one thing you cannot say about Joe is that he’s a racist.”
“I mean, he got into politics because of his commitment to civil rights, and then to be elected with (former President) Barack Obama, and then someone is saying ‘you’re a racist,'” she continued.
“As soon as I heard those words I thought, ‘Uh-oh, what’s coming next,'” Biden recalled.
Not buying it
“The American people know Joe Biden. They know his values, they know what he stands for, and they didn’t buy it,” Dr. Biden said.
Cuomo noted that the front-running candidate had taken a hit in the polls following the debate, but Biden countered that “The polls are coming back up, we just saw that today.”
“I think the more people get to know Joe, then the higher the polls will get,” she added.
Harris didn’t come right out and say that Biden was a bigoted racist, but clearly implied as much by questioning his stances on various hot-button issues and his self-admitted past associations with other people who held undeniably controversial and inflammatory views on race, including segregationists James Eastland and Herman Talmadge.
As for Jill Biden, while her defense of her husband was admirable, it nevertheless compels a pertinent question: If the American people already “know Joe Biden” and where he stands, how then can there be hope of higher poll numbers once people “get to know Joe”?