Joe Biden emerged from his basement on Wednesday to actually answer some questions from the press, as his carefully managed campaign clearly has seen signs of trouble in internal polling and wants to show that old Joe is still spry enough to think on his feet and even visit places like Kenosha, Wisconsin. The only problem with that strategy is that it involves Biden actually speaking, which isn’t going too well these days.
During Wednesday’s press availability, Biden was asked about comments made last week by Kamala Harris in which she said the officers in Kenosha who shot Jacob Blake should be arrested. Did Biden agree, and does he believe that the officers in the Breonna Taylor case should be arrested as well? Check out his response.
Biden just said that Aaron “Jay” Danielson, the Trump supporter who was killed in Portland was there “inciting response”
Jay was walking on the street with a friend, targeted, and executed in cold blood by Antifa.
— Courtney Holland 🇺🇸 (@hollandcourtney) September 2, 2020
First, Biden says we should let the judicial system “work it’s way,” and then seconds later says that he does believe the officers in Kenosha and Louisville should “at a minimum” be charged, even though neither investigation has concluded. Biden literally can’t keep his mind made up from sentence to sentence.
Then Biden brought up the murder of Aaron Danielson in Portland, Oregon, which is odd, since Danielson wasn’t killed by police. Since Biden is ham-handedly trying to portray himself as the candidate of law and order, however, Biden wanted to use Danielson’s death as an attack on Trump supporters, who Biden is claiming are ultimately responsible for the months of violent protests.
“I think what happened in, uh, Portland, where one of the Trump guys riding along in vans inciting responses, shooting rubber bullets I guess, or paintballs, apparently there was someone shot by someone in a crowd. With a bullet. Killed. I think that person should meet legal requirements whatever that calls for. It should be investigated, and it should be followed through on what needs to be done. Let the judicial system work. Let’s make sure justice is done.”
Notice anything different about how Biden approached the death of Jacob Blake and the death of Aaron Danielson? In essence, Biden implied that Danielson had it coming. He couldn’t even bring himself to say that the man caught on camera shooting Danielson should be charged, though he didn’t have a problem with proclaiming that the officers in the deaths of Blake and Breonna Taylor should be, at a minimum, facing charges.
This is an embarrassment for the Biden campaign, but it should be even more enlightening for American voters. Biden’s trying to tell voters that he’s the one who can restore peace to the country’s streets, but in the span of less than sixty seconds he delivered a very different message to them; not every life matters.
I’m sure Biden will talk tough in Kenosha on Thursday, but I’m equally sure that nothing he says should be taken seriously. This is the man, after all, who repeatedly declared that he would be the president to put an end to fossil fuels, who’s now trying to claim that he won’t kill fracking jobs in Pennsylvania, where polls now show the race within the margin of error. Biden will say, or at least attempt to say, whatever he thinks will get him elected. Right now, that means trying to talk semi-tough about stopping riots while also desperately trying to do or say anything that would upset his base. That means calling for the arrest of officers in the Blake and Taylor cases, while pinning the blame for Aaron Danielson’s death on Danielson himself. I’m honestly surprised that Biden didn’t add anything about the shooting in Kenosha, though I’m sure he’ll bring it up while he’s there.