Several months ago, former Vice President Joe Biden announced he was running for president with a video that sought the highest of high moral ground. Biden wasn’t running against President Trump’s economy, and he wasn’t running to implement some socialist healthcare scheme. No, Biden was running because of how disgusted and aghast he’d been at Trump’s comments after the Charlottesville protest violence.
In his video, Biden described the events of Charlottesville before saying: “And that’s when we heard the words from the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were ‘some very fine people on both sides.’ Very fine people on both sides? 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. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had ever seen in my lifetime.”
It has become (false) history that President Trump was referring to neo-Nazis and white supremacists when he used that term – “very fine people.” In reality, those comments came both before and after Trump condemned those ideologies in concrete, certain terms. He specifically said he was talking about protesters who were simply there to reject the removal of a Robert E. Lee monument. Southerners who were proud of their ancestors and their Confederate heritage, in other words.
Now, given the way the left reacted last week to Nikki Haley’s badly-misconstrued comments about the Confederate Flag, we’re sure they would still condemn Trump, even with that added context. To them, the Confederacy stands for white supremacy and slavery, and to honor anyone who fought for the South is akin to honoring an actual German Nazi.
But is that what Joe Biden thinks?
In 1993, then-Senator Biden was presiding over the Supreme Court confirmation process of Ruth Bader Ginsburg when one of his colleagues made remarks about the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Here’s what Biden said at the time: “I, too, heard that speech and, for the public listening to this, the Senator made a very moving and eloquent speech, as a son of the Confederacy, acknowledging that it was time to change and yield to a position that Senator Carol Moseley-Braun raised on the Senate floor, not granting a Federal charter to an organization made up of many fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag as a symbol.”
Here, Biden is clearly rejecting the Confederate flag as a symbol that should be celebrated, but he did so while pointing out that the UDC – a group the Southern Poverty Law Center condemns as a racist, “neo-Confederate” organization – is comprised of “many fine people.” We all know how much faith the left puts in the SPLC, so what can you say other than: Biden praised white supremacists as “fine people”?
Well, if you’re going to call Trump out for that language, what else can you do but hold Biden to the same standard? And now that Biden’s moral superiority has been erased, we have to ask: What else recommends him to be the President of the United States over Trump?