Biden Admits He “Probably” Can’t Win Over Anyone From Trump’s Base
Well, at least he’s self-aware.
Just last month, 2016 presidential election silver medalist Hillary Clinton told CNN that Biden was “building the kind of coalition that I had, basically” – which is one way of saying “a losing one.”
Unless Joe Biden can win over new voters that Hillary didn’t, he’s toast, and even he knows he can’t win over anyone from Trump’s base. According to the New York Post:
Asked at a virtual fundraiser Wednesday evening if he was hopeful he could reach the commander in chief’s staunchest backers, the former vice president remarked with a laugh, “His base? Probably not.”
“There are people who support the president because they like the fact that he is engaged in the politics of division. They really support the notion that, you know, all Mexicans are rapists and all Muslims are bad and…dividing this nation based on ethnicity, race,” the 2020 hopeful continued, “This is the one of the few presidents who succeeded by deliberately trying to divide the country not unite the country.”
Biden described the Trump base as individuals being “among the people I grew up with, white working-class, high-school educated people,” citing data his team collected.
In other words, he thinks they’re a “basket of deplorables.”
As we reported last month, when the Democrat field was still packed, the supporters of all the candidates indicated that they’d throw their support behind whoever the eventual nominee was, even if it wasn’t their preferred candidate. Sanders supporters were a notable exception, with only 53% saying they’d support the eventual nominee.
Overall, 15% of Sanders supporters will defect for Trump (up from 12% who chose him over Hillary in 2016), and some percentage will simply just stay home.
Biden can’t win over Trump’s voters – and he can’t even win over some leftists.