United States Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

This 25 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

From Crime Bill to Iraq War Vote, Biden’s Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters Race

Former Vice President Joe Biden has entered the 2020 race for the White House, becoming the 20th Democrat to seek the nomination in the largest and most diverse field of Democratic candidates ever to run for president. Biden will face scrutiny for his long and checkered record in the coming weeks, including his 1994 crime bill, that helped fuel mass incarceration with financial incentives to keep people behind bars, and his handling of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. Biden is also known for close ties to the financial industry and voting to authorize the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. In the weeks before Biden announced his bid for the presidency, at least seven women stepped forward to accuse him of inappropriate touching. We speak with Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor for Harper’s magazine, about Biden’s record. His recent piece is headlined “No Joe! Joe Biden’s disastrous legislative legacy.”

This 25 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Why Joe Biden’s poll numbers could “come down in a hurry” now that he’s officially running

Mainstream media are covering Joe Biden as a leader in the 2020 race as he announces his candidacy for president, but journalist Andrew Cockburn of Harper’s Magazine predicts his poll numbers will drop. “He hates preparation; he hates debate prep,” Cockburn says. “What he really wants is to be anointed — you know, ‘Please, Mr. Biden, please come and be our candidate. Please come and be our president’ — without having to go through the hard grind, the incredible exhaustion, of a modern presidential campaign.”

This 25 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Rebel HQ’s Emma Vigeland breaks down Joe Biden’s 2020 candidacy, now that he has officially announced.

By Tom Hall in the USA:

Former Vice President Biden officially enters Democratic presidential race

26 April 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden officially announced his campaign for president yesterday, effectively completing the Democratic field, which has now swelled to 21 candidates, most of them little-known.

Biden announced his candidacy in an online video posted early Thursday morning. His first media interview of the campaign will air today, and his first official campaign stop will take place next Monday in Pittsburgh.

Even before he officially announced, the media had dubbed Biden the frontrunner in the crowded Democratic primaries, since he was leading in most polls where he was included as a candidate, with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders trailing by a few percentage points. The same polls showed more than half of prospective Democratic voters favoring neither candidate, dividing their support among the record number of alternatives.

Biden will likely be the favored candidate among major Democratic donors and the party apparatus

For months, whether Biden would ultimately run was the subject of much speculation. …

Biden’s announcement video focuses exclusively on Donald Trump, to the exclusion of any reference to the candidate’s own political biography or campaign platform. Biden’s newly launched campaign website is similarly vague, with no concrete positions or policy proposals.

This suggests that the main thrust of his primary campaign will be to present himself as the candidate best positioned to defeat Donald Trump in the general election, and to attempt to use the threat of another four years of Trump to suppress all other political issues.

The video opens with footage of the neo-Nazi rampage in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, resulting in the death of one counterdemonstrator, which had been organized with the support of former Trump campaign aides. Biden then appears on camera to denounce Trump’s infamous claim that there were “very fine people on both sides”. He speaks in sharper than normal terms, at least by the standards of the Democrats, who have largely ignored Trump’s cultivation of fascistic layers.

CHARLOTTESVILLE ISN’T A CAMPAIGN PROP Former Vice President Joe Biden’s invocation of the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, as his reason for seeking the presidency is angering progressive activists there who believe the Democrat is using the city as a prop to help convince primary voters to look past his own questionable record on race. [HuffPost]

“With those words, the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it,” Biden says. “I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time, but if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation—who we are. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”

There is an obvious contradiction here: if Trump is such an aberration, how could his presidency fundamentally alter the character of the United States? Trump did not come out of the blue but is the consequence of the breakdown of American democracy and the turn to the right by both political parties and the American ruling class as a whole. Biden, who was first elected to the Senate in 1973 and has long been one of the most influential Democratic politicians in Washington, has played no small role in this process.

Specifically, Trump emerged as a consequence of eight years of the Obama-Biden administration, which left millions of working people poorer and more desperate than before, particularly in hard-hit deindustrialized areas like Michigan, Wisconsin and the whole of Appalachia.

The Obama-Biden administration funneled trillions to the banks, set a pattern of wage-cutting for the auto industry that spread throughout manufacturing, and oversaw an unprecedented rise in social inequality. It was the first US administration to spend two full terms continuously at war.

The election of Trump was in part a repudiation of Obama’s chosen successor Clinton, who sought to exclude social issues from her general election campaign and ran as the candidate of Wall Street and the military. That Trump’s victory was a legacy bequeathed by the reactionary policies of austerity and imperialist war carried out by the Obama-Biden administration is the last thing Biden wants voters to remember, of course.

Biden’s claim to be the center of opposition to Trump’s far-right politics is belied by his longstanding reputation as a “centrist” Democratic, a term which indicates his willingness to collaborate with Republicans on right-wing policies.

Notwithstanding his media persona as a jovial “Uncle Joe”, Biden is an experienced and ruthless representative of American imperialism. As Obama’s former vice president, he had a hand in all of the administration’s war crimes, including the bloodbaths in Libya and Syria and the continuation of Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The administration made drone assassination a key element in its foreign policy, and even declared the right to assassinate American citizens, exercising this “right” to murder Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011. Obama also bolstered the repressive apparatus of the state, expanding government surveillance programs and funneling billions of dollars in military hardware to local police forces.

The Obama administration led a major assault on democratic rights. This included the prosecution of more whistleblowers than any other president, including the arrest and torture of Chelsea Manning, and the campaign against WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange for exposing US war crimes. Biden called Assange a “high tech terrorist” in 2010, and then-Secretary of State Clinton asked her staff whether they could “drone” him.

Obama also deported more than 2.5 million immigrants, more than any previous administration, earning him the sarcastic nickname “Deporter in Chief.” Obama’s policies included the imprisonment and deportation of thousands of unaccompanied children, a direct precursor to Trump’s cruel and inhumane policy of separating families.

In other words, Obama and Biden paved the way for a more overtly authoritarian form of imperialist reaction, of which Trump is the personification.

The Obama administration’s intervention in Ukraine in 2014 demonstrates the hypocrisy of Biden’s declared opposition to Trump’s ties to fascists. The US and NATO-sponsored overthrow of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was spearheaded by neo-Nazi groups such as the Svoboda Party and the Right Sector. As long as these layers directed their violence against individuals targeted by American imperialism, they were universally hailed in the media as fighters for “democracy” and “human rights”.

Biden’s own family was personally enriched by the coup, when his son Hunter Biden was appointed to the board of directors of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings. Biden later strong-armed the Ukrainian government into firing a prosecutor who was leading a corruption probe against Burisma, a fact which he publicly bragged about in 2018.

The real basis of the Democrats’ opposition to Trump is not his cultivation of far-right forces, but foreign policy issues, particularly his perceived insufficient aggressiveness against Russia. This is why they have made the campaign over bogus Russian “meddling” in the campaign and supposed “collusion” by the Trump campaign the central element of their attacks on Trump since the election.

Within more politically astute layers, there is concern that the Democrats’ focus on the anti-Russian campaign, which has little popular support, could damage their electoral chances in 2020. Speaking at a CNN town hall, Bernie Sanders said, “If for the next year, year-and-a-half, going right into the heart of the election, all that the Congress is talking about is impeaching Trump and ‘Trump, Trump, Trump’ and ‘Mueller, Mueller, Mueller’, and we’re not talking about health care, we’re not talking about raising the minimum wage to a living wage, we’re not talking about combating climate change, we’re not talking about sexism and racism and homophobia, and all of the issues that concern ordinary Americans, what I worry about is that works to Trump’s advantage.”

The focus on the anti-Russian campaign reflects the overriding fear by the Democratic Party establishment of waging any campaign that could mobilize broader layers of the population, under conditions of a growing movement of strikes and protests. The hysteria over Russian “meddling” also serves to whip up a crisis atmosphere to justify internet censorship and other repressive measures, whose ultimate target is an increasingly restive working class, whom the Democrats fear far more than the danger of an authoritarian Trump or his fascist supporters.

This 25 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Out of Touch Corporatist Joe Biden Officially Launches 2020 Campaign

This 26 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Joe Biden has announced his 2020 bid. Justice Democrats want a real progressive as President. Ana Kasparian, Jayar Jackson, and Francesca Fiorentini hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

This 25 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

How Does Biden Stack Up Against Bernie?

BIDEN’S BAD FIRST DAY Joe Biden has spent the past month attempting to address the discomfort of several women who said he inappropriately touched them in the past. Though he joins the 2020 presidential race after a storied career in Washington championing unity and American values, he spent the first day of his campaign wrestling sticky issues. [HuffPost]

12 thoughts on “United States Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

  1. Earlier today, Joe Biden released his first day fundraising numbers:

    The good news: we had a lot more individual donations than him on day one. A lot.

    The bad news: when their campaign got done counting the checks from a $700,000 fundraiser hosted at the home of a telecommunications lobbyist, he out-raised us by just a little bit.

    That’s fine, there is a limit to how many max checks one can collect. Our advantage is the sheer number of people who support our campaign and are willing to chip in to help us win.

    Today’s an important day to exercise that advantage. Especially in light of this news. So we’re asking:

    Can you make a $3 contribution to our campaign? Today is an important day to answer the call.

    Our strength has always been the number of people who support our campaign. Not the size of the checks they can afford to write.

    All my best,

    Faiz Shakir
    Campaign Manager


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