Joe Biden Launches Presidential Campaign by Bashing Thomas Jefferson, Says Remember Charlottesville

Chris Menahan
Apr. 25, 2019

Joe Biden announced he's joining the Democratic 2020 presidential race on Thursday morning and opened his campaign by bashing Thomas Jefferson and telling everyone to remember the alt-right rally in Charlottesville.

Here's the full transcript:
Charlottesville, Virginia is home to the author of one of the great documents in human history. We know by heart. We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.

We've heard it so often it's almost a cliche but it's who we are. We haven't always lived up to these ideals. Jefferson himself didn't. But we have never before walked away from them. Charlottesville is also home to a defining moment for this nation in the last few years.

It was there on August of 2017 we saw Klansmen and white supremacists and neo-Nazis come out in the open. Their crazed faces, illuminated by tortuous, veins bulging and bearing the fangs of racism. Chanting the same anti-semitic bile heard across Europe in the thirties.

And they were met by a courageous group of Americans. And a violent clash ensued. And a brave young woman lost her life.

And that's when we heard the words the President of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were quote "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.

I wrote at the time they were in the battle for the soul of this nation. Well that's even more true today. We are in the battle for the soul of this nation.

I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all the embraces as an abhorrent 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. The core values of this nation, our standing in the world. Our very democracy, everything that has made America, America, is at stake.

That's why today I'm announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. Folks, America is an idea. An idea that's stronger than any army, bigger than any ocean, more powerful than any dictator or tyrant. It gives hope to the most desperate people on earth. It guarantees that everyone is treated with dignity. And gives hate no safe harbor. It instills in every person in this country the belief that no matter where you start in life there's nothing you can't achieve if you work at it. That's what we believe. And above all else that's what's at stake in this election. We can't forget what happened in Charlottesville.

Even more important we have to remember who we are.

This is America.
Who are we, exactly?

Left-wingers and right-wingers have radically different views on the core of what constitutes American identity and the country is only getting more polarized on most of the major issues.

These are not divisions which can be eliminated through generic rhetoric about "who we are."

The only stand you took in this ad was you're against "Klansmen and white supremacists and neo-Nazis" with "tortuous, veins bulging" out of their heads, you're against Thomas Jefferson (despite his "ideas" supposedly magically manifesting this country out of thin air) and you're against Donald Trump.

Incidentally, remember how Trump said at his post-Charlottesville press conference that Thomas Jefferson was going to be next?

"Many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee," Trump said. "So this week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?"

The Democrat 2020 presidential favorite in the polls just launched his campaign by attacking Thomas Jefferson as a bad guy who "didn't" live up to his own ideals. He also said Antifa lunatics embody "who we are."

I wonder, are these the ideals Joe Biden still holds on immigration?

How many Trump voters share those ideals of yours? Is believing all illegals are already United States citizens "who we are"?

Also note, Biden said nothing about the economy. The Democratic primary is all about the culture war. That's why Biden has been going around calling for scrapping the "white man's" "English jurisprudential culture" and apologizing to the Twitterati for calling Mike Pence a "decent guy."

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