Joe Biden has been unintentionally flashing signs that he doesn’t know what century, let alone year, it is. In April, he apologized to the MeToo crowd for his “hand-on” approach to members of the opposite sex, though his observation that “social norms are changing” rang false. Social norms have never countenanced kissing the back of a strange woman’s head or burying your nose in her hair, both of which Biden is accused of having done.
He was still recovering from his beatdown by Kamala Harris in the second debate over his collegial relationships with segregationists when he stepped in it again, telling a roomful of gay millionaires that he remembers a time when it would have been OK for a businessman to make “fun of a gay waiter.”
But the one area where the Left seems willing to cut the former vice president some slack is his toxic masculinity. Despite slurring his speech and looking as though a strong wind would knock him over, the 76-year-old Biden enjoys engaging in “tough guy” talk, telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo:
He’s the bully that I knew my whole life. He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack him in the mouth.
He was referring of course to Donald Trump, whom the Left would love to see smacked in the mouth, but that still doesn’t explain why they are willing to tolerate Biden’s tough guy persona.
If he were to win the presidency, how would Democrats reconcile Biden the “street kid” with the fact that men in America are now taking classes to unlearn toxic masculinity?