Biden to Tapper: Our 2008-2012 voters responded to racist dogwhistles in 2016

Biden to Tapper: Our 2008-2012 voters responded to racist dogwhistles in 2016
Biden one-on-one (Image: CNN screen grab)

[Ed. – Without the aid of a teleprompter, Biden accuses voters being ‘deplorables.’]

Well, that’s certainly one way to woo back the voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin — by accusing them of being closet racists. Not only is this hilarious in terms of tactical fumbling, it ignores what actually happened. Hillary Clinton failed to turn out Barack Obama’s voters, losing 285,000 votes from Obama’s 2012 tally while Trump only added 153,000 — and only won by 11,000 votes.

But yeah, sure, Michigan’s racist, Biden suggests to Jake Tapper. …

That wasn’t Biden’s only fumble, either. Biden allows that some Michigan voters might have felt “left behind,” which brings up Trump’s track record on trade. Tapper asked him a tough question about NAFTA, which Biden supported, and the USMCA, which Trump negotiated to replace it. Biden gamely tries to hand credit for it to Nancy Pelosi, but Tapper reminds him that Obama and Biden promised to renegotiate NAFTA and spent eight years never following through on it. …

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