Former Vice President Joe Biden mimics shooting a gun as he speaks at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Joe Biden is a gaffe factory. He churns them out on an assembly line where they slip right past quality control and hit the market where they are eagerly gobbled up by people like me. Personally, I consider his gaffes one of his most entertaining qualities.
On Monday, Biden decided to model a gaffe of his after Maxine Waters by suggesting people get physical if they don’t like the way Republicans are doing things.
While at the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C., Biden was being asked by MSNBC’s Joy Reid how Biden would get past a majority Republican Senate set to kill anything Biden wants.
“How would you get past either a majority Republican Senate in which Mitch McConnell was determined to kill all of these ideas or even a Mitch McConnell in the minority who repeated the consistent filibustering when you were vice president and anything that came from the Obama-Biden administration Mitch McConnell considered dead on arrival?” asked Reid.
At first, Biden’s response was pretty reasonable.
“Joy, I know you’re one of the ones who thinks it’s naive to think we have to work together,” Biden said while looking Ried directly in the eye. “The fact of the matter is if we can’t get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive.”
Biden noted that the second option was a “brass knuckle fight.”
“If you start off with the notion that there’s nothing you can do, then why don’t you go home then, man?” said Biden. “Or let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it. Because we have to be able to change what we’re doing in our system.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says that the way he would deal with Senate Republicans who oppose his agenda is with a “brass knuckle fight,” later adds: “Let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it” pic.twitter.com/GQPmDGxJpo
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
I’m under the impression that Biden was trying to emphasize bipartisan cooperation from Democrats and essentially telling them that if they aren’t willing to do that then stop complaining and do something about it, thinking they probably wouldn’t take it that far.
The problem is that I’m not sure if Biden knows his own party if that’s the case. He’s from an age where bipartisanship was a bit easier to come by and the internet wasn’t around making it easier to organize mobs. He may not realize that the left takes it that far all the time in the form of Antifa riots, physical confrontations at restaurants, and campus violence.
Regardless, that Biden would even suggest a physical revolution in a physical way in a universe without a violent left is irresponsible.
I’d like to give gaffe-master B the benefit of the doubt and say he’s calling out Democrats for being expert complainers who do nothing about it, and that they have no choice but to try to work together with Republicans for the benefit of our nation, but I can’t say for sure. He’s not making that an easy argument to stand by, and in this day and age where Antifa may just show up at your door, no matter how you slice it, Biden’s words come off as threatening.