Karma: Joe Biden's New Campaign Ad Attacking President Trump on China Backfires Spectacularly

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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak to local residents during a bus tour stop at Water’s Edge Nature Center, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Algona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


A little over a week after the Trump campaign released a hard-hitting ad blasting Joe Biden for his and his son Hunter’s troubling China ties, the Biden campaign has responded by releasing one of their own, which makes some dubious media-driven claims about Trump’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and his complicated relationship with China’s president Xi Jinping:

But unfortunately for Joe Biden, the ad has backfired spectacularly. Not just with the conservatives and Republicans who would understandably question what’s being alleged in the ad, but also among Democrats who are criticizing him by using the same “xenophobic” attack line Biden himself used on Trump after he implemented China travel restrictions in late January:

The ad, while praised among Biden supporters, was widely-criticized among left-leaning journalists and Twitter users.

The Intercept editor Glenn Greenwald suggested that the Democrats who previously denounced Trump’s rhetoric towards China as “racist” are now cheering on the same sentiment.

“Trump’s response to COVID-19 has been inept and self-serving, but wow this is some xenophobic messaging…” progressive journalist Walker Bragman reacted.

“It’s exhausting how people are praising a dog-whistling ad that leans on yellow peril narratives but I guess that’s what you have to do when your candidate has no intention of fixing the structural problems that got us into this mess to begin with,” Vulture senior writer E. Alex Jung wrote.

“Wow ⁦@JoeBiden⁩. Already trying to out-Trump Trump. This kind of fearmongering is causing violent attacks on Asian Americans. If you are trying to reform your past history of racist policymaking, like your 1994 crime bill, you had better do some homework. This ain’t it,” civil rights lawyer Cecelia Wang tweeted.


There’s plenty more where that came from, too:


Being accused of xenophobia doesn’t feel too good, does it, Joe Biden? Karma, buddy. Karma.

Beyond the outrage from the left over the ad, there were some problematic claims in it, as Joel Pollak pointed out here:

While the ad is being criticized by people on both the left and the right, another thing it does do in Trump’s favor is show that Joe Biden has accepted the terms Trump has set up for the debate on China: That they can’t be trusted, and that they lied to the world about the Wuhan coronavirus.

This is a debate that is likely to not go well for Biden for a lot of reasons, but only time will tell on that front.

Stay tuned.


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