Skip to comments.Team Biden fires back: 'You can't let people say bullshit and not respond to it'
Posted on 07/26/2019 6:58:33 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
Joe Biden is ready to scrap.
The former vice president is firing back at his rivals and vowing to be more aggressive at the second presidential debates after weeks of sustained attacks against his civil rights record left his supporters frustrated and worried about his passive approach.
The tipping point, according to allies and campaign strategists, came on Wednesday at a NAACP presidential candidate forum, where Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) accused Biden of being the architect of mass incarceration for supporting a 1994 crime bill.
You can't be called the architect of mass incarceration and remain quiet, a Biden ally said. That's cruel and personal. That goes against his entire career. You can't let people say bullshit and not respond to it.
The gloves are off, the ally added. At this point, you have to punch back when someone attacks your record. People want to see him throw a punch. The president is certainly going to come at him hard, so why not start now?
The arrival of Fighter Joe comes as a relief to Bidens supporters and sets the stage for a potentially brutal showdown next week in Detroit, where Biden, Booker and Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) will share the same debate stage.
Harris catapulted into the top tier of candidates after the first debates, when she attacked Biden for opposing a decades-old federal busing program aimed at integrating schools and described his remarks about finding common ground with segregationist senators as hurtful to black people.
At the time, Biden avoided directly challenging Harris.
Im not going to be as polite this time, Biden told donors at a fundraiser in Detroit on Wednesday.
Bidens campaign is also boiling with anger at Booker. On Wednesday, the Biden campaign called Booker out by name for the first time and questioned his own record on civil rights.
Bidens deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, said Booker has some hard questions to answer about his role in the criminal justice system, pointing to his promise as mayor of Newark more than a decade ago to implement a zero tolerance policy for minor infractions.
Bedingfield also accused Booker of running a police department that was such a civil rights nightmare that the U.S. Department of Justice intervened.
Meanwhile, Biden has signaled that he may take a shot at Harriss record as California attorney general, perhaps accusing her of policies that led to the incarceration of racial minorities. Biden started down that path at the first debate, noting that he pursued a career as a public defender while she chose to become a prosecutor, but it was not a line of attack that he vigorously pursued.
If [Harris and Booker] want to argue about the past, I can do that. I got a past Im proud of, Biden said Wednesday. They got a past thats not quite so good.
Harriss allies say theyre spoiling for the fight, an indication that the bad blood flowing between the two camps might become one of the defining developments of the Democratic primary race.
Im glad Joe Biden is going to be there this time and may be sharper, said Melissa Watson, the Berkeley County chairwoman for the Democratic Party and a Harris supporter.
Watson expressed frustration with Bidens remarks at the Wednesday fundraiser in which he vented at Harris for attacking him after he gave the keynote address at a convention where the California Democratic Party officially endorsed her for state attorney general.
Theres an air of entitlement in all of his comments, Watson said. Hes saying, how dare she question him about his past. And he says he did her a favor, so that means she has no right to question him during a presidential primary? Thats crazy. Theyre running for the highest office in the land.
The focus on civil rights and the racially charged attacks flying between the candidates underscores the fierce battle for support from black voters in the Democratic primary.
Biden has slipped a little bit in the polls since the first debate, but he has maintained his standing as the clear front-runner in the race in part because of his enduring support from African Americans.
A Monmouth University survey released Thursday found Biden with a commanding lead in South Carolina, a critical early-voting state where black voters make up about 60 percent of the Democratic primary electorate.
Biden has 39 percent support overall in South Carolina, with Harris running a distant second place at 12 percent. The former vice president has 51 percent support from black voters in the state, followed by Harris, at 12 percent.
Despite some supposed missteps on the issue of race, Biden maintains widespread support [among black voters], said Monmouth University polling director Patrick Murray.
But Biden supporters know that support could evaporate with another shaky debate performance next week.
Im glad hes finally pushing back, it should plug the leak, but he still needs to pull this off in prime time with both Harris and Booker flanking him on the dais, said one Democratic strategist who supports Biden. Make no mistake another poor performance and this might be over for him. He doesnt have the luxury of stacking bad debates on top of one another, especially with this many people coming after him.
Biden was initially cautious about picking fights with Democrats, the ally said, because he didn't want to contribute to a narrative that the president can use in a general election.
But on the same note, these are people who have come to him for advice, and have said what a great public servant he's been, and they're now attacking his record.
The ally said the campaign is prepared for other campaigns to join the attacks.
They see Harris had her moment and achieved what she wanted to achieve, and Booker is trying to have his moment, so why not? the ally said.
I think the message sent to him lately is that people want a uniter but they also want a fighter. He can be both. And when he needs to fight there's nothing he won't do.
Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates said hell be ready for whatever his rivals throw at him.
He's proud of his accomplishments, and many of his opponents were until a sudden, recent about-face, Bates said. We're not going to let anyone whether Democrat or Republican distort or misrepresent his record.
The old Biden wanted to be seen as the anti-Trump, 'Mr Nice Guy' denouncing the anger and hate found in Chancellorsville; 'Mr Awe Shucks'.
Clearly that Biden was losing traction and it looks like the Biden campaign did some internal polling and found Mr. Nice guy wasn't going to cut it.
Meet the New and Improved Biden; The FIGHTER.
Tough as nails. Ready for a brawl. Ready to punch back.
Can Bidens' new manufactured 'tough guy' persona breath life into his campaign?
... They may call you “Raycisssss!” again...
>>Meet the New and Improved Biden; The FIGHTER.
Why does the image of the Cowardly Lion saying “Put ‘em up” come to mind?
The Democrat base now mostly consists of people who cannot legally vote.
Democrats are hoping that’s enough to win the election, but I doubt it.
I'm Joe Biden, please look me over.
Is he channeling DJT? did he just call the msm out?
The 2020 presidential election might even be better for our side than the 2016 election!
Latest polls show Biden surging. He has a third of the vote, more than twice his nearest opponent. I wont comment on the validity of these polls.
The real question is how the other two thirds go once the field is winnowed down.
Team Biden fires back: ‘You can’t let people say bullshit and not respond to it’
Wow. Isn’t that pretty much what President Trump has been doing? When he defends himself it is called:
1. Obstruction of justice
3. Crass and without class
4. Whatever negative they like they think they can make stick on any given day.
Even conservatives ridicule him as childish or lacking in maturity for simply defending himself.
This, from Chief Spitting Bull.....
The Joe Biden ladder
continue to call for it...
Pay no attention to the new Biden behind the same old and tattered DNC curtain! Biden has not changed.
“Meet the New and Improved Biden; The FIGHTER.
Tough as nails. Ready for a brawl. Ready to punch back.”
I’m looking forward to Skanka and Jazz Hands smacking Creepy Joe around and then calling him a racist. LMAO
That was my first thought. I don’t believe that Biden will be allowed to criticize “candidates of color” for any reason without being called racist.
I have a big bet on Biden taking the nomination - I don’t see how any of the commies running have any chance. But after he gets the nomination, all my money goes on Trump.
I’m surprised Joe’s beloved son, Hunter, is not by his side, (sniffle) holding Joe’s hand, giving him moral support.
Oh wait.....when your Dad is a pre$idential candidate, the $hakedown action can keep you mighty bu$y.
There’s oodle$ of money to be made, just having your Dad in the ra$e.....but you have to milk it bigtime.
This really sums up the difference between democrats and republicans. A republican would get more votes by running on a platform of "we need more prisons!"
Can Bidens’ new manufactured ‘tough guy’ persona breath life into his campaign?
Only if the dementia holds off a little while longer. Take your Namenda, Joe.
” Im glad hes finally pushing back, IT SHOULD PLUG THE LEAK, but he still needs to pull this off in prime time with both Harris and Booker flanking him on the dais, said one Democratic strategist who supports Biden.”
Plugs Biden to campaign staff: “QUICK, make an emergency appointment for me at the Bosley Hair Center. I’m going to need more plugs for next week’s debate!”
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