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Biden: "There's not a racist bone in my body"

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by Stevicus, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. Stevicus

    Stevicus Well-Known Member
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    Joe Biden defends comments about segregationist senators - CNNPolitics

    Other candidates were critical of Biden's remarks:

    I figured with such a large field of candidates, there'd be a lot of back-biting and infighting like this. By the time the Democrats finish tearing each other apart, the only one left standing to face Trump will be battered and bruised. Maybe that will still be Biden, but it appears he'll be on the hotseat for a while.

    But it does seem a rather odd phrase to utter: "Not a racist bone in my body."

    I've seen a familiar pattern where someone says something unfortunate or kind of dumb (such as AOC's remark about "concentration camps"), and people jump on it like a pack of wolves on a three-legged cat.

    Then they either have to apologize, try to explain their remarks, or defend it to the hilt. Here, Biden isn't apologizing, but explaining while vehemently insisting that none of his bones are racist. But notice how he hasn't said a word about his pancreas or gall bladder, which might still be questionable.
     
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    I don't mind Biden, but I hope it goes to Bernie Sanders.
     
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  3. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Greased up & ready for action!
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    Biden's biggest problem organ is that gray one.
    Anyway, this looks like a nontroversy to me.
     
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  4. Stevicus

    Stevicus Well-Known Member
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    I'm partial to Sanders, too. Biden strikes me as the kind of fellow who has risen to the level of his own incompetence.
     
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    Biden is an accomplished noob.
     
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    Unfortunately politicians are required to lie.

    In the current climate, one is required to lie about
    racism.

    Personally, I doubt there is anyone who does not
    have ideas / feelings that can be some way fit
    under the umbrella of "racism".
     
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    I thought about mentioning the gray organ, but that would have been too obvious.

    But then I was also thinking about the ear bones: the hammer, anvil, and stirrup.
     
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    Stanyon RF's Ultra -Square

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    The party of principle
    Backbiting goons
    Painted clown faces
    here's a f*****g balloon
    Eat!
    Eat!
    Eat!
    It will all be over soon
     
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  9. The Reverend Bob

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    The Democrats need a candidate who is going to flip Red States and get the swing voters and so far I doubt that any can do that. And don't think Sanders is going to cut it with the moderate to conservative voters in the traditionally Red States.
     
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    Yep. 4 more years of Tweets.
     
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    Well, yes, people are going to lie about it, and it's because people know this that they scrutinize everything that someone says and try to find some sort of hidden meaning behind it. Or they might find some old photo or something they said or did years ago and say "Aha! A racist!"

    In a way, it's kind of like pandering, since it takes advantage of the general public's fear and disgust with racism and manipulates that sentiment for political gain. It also reaches a point of diminishing returns, since the public's ear starts to become partially numb to the charges of racism against somebody or another over some minor gaffe or petty slight. So, when the real thing actually rears its ugly head, they're not equipped to actually identify it or differentiate it.
     
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    I don't think I am going to be able to take anymore. He has violated Twitter's ToS so many times! Why won't they such banhammer him?
     
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    They could, but he'd probably cause such a ruckus, it would become an issue for the courts.
     
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    I guess that depends on how wide that umbrella is. In today's climate, it is very wide indeed. Being white, and male is enough to qualify as being a racist in some peoples book.
     
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    I agree. Sanders has a solid base of very loyal supporters, but he is a bit too left of center to get the swing votes necessary to win the presidency. IMHO
     
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    Today's climate is extreme and basically insane.

    However, I do think that "racism" is innate to
    people.

    Anyone who would not perceive an Australian
    aboriginie and a blonde Scandanavian differently
    is someone who has been dead for a while.

    If a person has it as a value to treat everyone
    with patience and respect, as potentially your
    equal -or better- then whatever innate "racism"
    you may be harbouring is not a problem.

    I think.
     
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    I don't think Sanders would be very open to compromise. And I think some of the many candidates running for president would be of better service to the country if they ran for the Senate.
     
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    He is too old.
     
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    Perhaps Biden is trying to peel off some of Trumps base?
     
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    And his Cult of the Woke Bernie Bros. aren't very open to compromise either. They are spoilers, if the Democrats don't nominate Sanders they will malign and slander the candidate they do nominate. They don't care about the democratic process
     
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