Biden can be our Trump
We on the left have become too fixated on the character of our politicians. If the Trump election victory has taught us anything, it has taught us that unless we win, we can´t hope to enact progressive policies. The Republicans who at first were skeptical and even hostile toward Trump soon realized that he could be used to push forward conservative objectives. The president is a Manhattan billionaire who was a Democratic donor. He is a twice divorced playboy who has nothing in common with the Evangelical Christians who voted for him in droves. What they realized nonetheless was that this ne’er-do-well could win and if he won his very amorality would mean that he could be trusted to pay them back. And pay them back he did, radical conservative Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh now sit on the Supreme Court of the United States chosen from a list of possible nominees approved by the Heritage foundation. The dream for these religious conservatives is to overturn Roe v Wade so as to deny reproductive rights to American women and candidate Trump could make that dream come true. So despite their religious convictions they were willing to make a deal with the Devil.
How, then, can we apply this to the 2020 campaign? There are many Democratic candidates who have unimpeachable credentials and the right progressive views. What´s more there are many Democratic candidates who represent the intersectionality and the diversity which should be at the centre of our movement. We have fantastic minority candidates in Corey Booker and Kamala Harris and we have other strong female candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand. However here´s the rub, the leading candidate in all national polling is an old white man with a troubling history with women. Former Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores this week described feeling “uneasy, gross and confused” when Biden allegedly sniffed her hair and kissed her on the back of the head during a campaign rally in Nevada. Joe Biden clearly does not represent the progressive movement which is the future of our party but he is the candidate best placed to beat Trump. At this moment of national emergency the most important thing is to defeat the most venal president of our history so what I am proposing is that we make our own deal with the devil. Let us get behind Biden because what we learned in 2016 is that large parts of America are racist and sexist and they won´t vote for a woman or a person of color.
But let´s be clear with creepy Uncle Joe, he represents us! He can have the throne but we must have the power. As Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has demonstrated it´s not important who the figurehead is as long as they are on message. Biden´s recent statements on respect for women suggest that he understands the way the wind is blowing. The old white man will be the reassuring face that racist America will need to vote Democrat but what they won´t realize is that they are really voting for a progressive future.
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