In a recent interview on Bloomberg TV, Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden said “10 to 15 percent of Americans are just not very good people.” The remarks come as the country is reeling from two weeks of “mostly peaceful protests,” which have resulted in violence in many American cities and calls on cities to defund and disband the police.
The former Vice President started the discussion by saying,“The words a president says matters. So, when a president stands up and divides all the time, you are going to get the worst of us to come out. The worst insult comes out.”
Biden continued saying, “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,” Biden said.
“There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people. But that is not who we are. The vast majority of the people are decent, and we have to appeal to that, and we have to unite the people, bring them together.” — Joe Biden
The comments echo that of former failed Democratic Presidential nominee who during a 2016 fundraiser in New York City said that half of Donald Trump supporters were ‘a basket of deplorables.’
“You know you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call a basket of deplorables,” Clinton said. She went on to say they consisted of, in her mind, “the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”
She finished up by saying, “Some of those folks- they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.” She also described Americans as being “bigoted,” and placing their vote because of having a racial grievance. The comments came literally months before the 2016 Presidential election and were contributed to her losing close races in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
The remarks also contributed to Clinton losing the “Blue Wall,” a string of states in the Midwest that voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate every election starting in 1992 with, ironically, her husband, Bill Clinton.
Biden’s Clinton-esque statements shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Democrats have a long history of likening policy adversaries to ‘idiots’ — a costly mistake in 2016.