May 13, 2020

Biden Ignores Suffering of Working-Class Americans Who Don’t Identify as Democrats

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Asked last night about opposition to states reopening their economies, Joe Biden gave a stunningly callous answer, falsely claiming that only Democrats are getting “hurt” and “clobbered” by this artificial shutdown of our economy.

“Look, the people who are getting hurt are Democrats,” Biden said, demonstrating a callous disregard for blue collar workers who identify as Republican or independent. “Hard-working people. The people who can’t afford to stay home. The people who are getting clobbered. The people who are making an hourly wage.”

Setting aside the disturbing choice to sympathize with Americans based on their political beliefs, Biden’s acknowledgement that Americans are hurting simply underscores the terrible consequences of his efforts to undermine public confidence in states reopening.

Biden’s out-of-touch comments indicate he believes independent and Republican voters cannot be “hard-working” or people making an hourly wage. Biden has already admitted he thinks Trump voters are racist, sexist, xenophobic bigots. Now he’s ignoring the suffering of millions of working-class voters who do not identify as Democrats but are nonetheless still struggling in the middle of a global pandemic.

President Trump understands that millions of Americans – regardless of who they voted for – are living day-to-day and week-to-week to get through this artificial interruption in the economy. That’s why he is providing states from New York to California with the resources and science-based guidelines they need to safely reopen and get America’s economy moving again.

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