Joe Biden Has No Business Lecturing Americans About Race

Given his record of shamelessly exploiting racial strife for his own political gain, Joe Biden should be the absolute last person to lecture America about race and justice.

Unlike President Trump, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president has been strategically silent about the destructive riots that have unfolded on our streets in recent days, issuing a feeble condemnation of violence before focusing his attention on critiquing the president for walking across the street to the iconic “Church of the Presidents”the day after it was set ablaze by rioters.

President Trump’s visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church was a powerfully symbolic gesture of solidarity with everyone hurt by the recent lawlessness in many American cities led by Democrats, but Biden found fault with it.

The former vice president didn’t extend any sympathy to Americans who have lost everything in recent days. He doesn’t understand entrepreneurship, he does not understand payroll and putting everything on the line to start a business to build a dream. But President Trump does. Biden didn’t even urge local and state authorities to protect small black-owned businesses and innocent civilians from the unhinged Antifa criminals using peaceful demonstrators as cover for violent attacks, wanton destruction of property, and looting.

Of course, Biden has a long history of inflaming racial tensions for his own political benefit while ignoring the pleas of Americans desperate for genuine reforms.

In 2012, Biden told black voters that Republican politicians are “going to put y’all back in chains.” Just last year, Biden praised the working relationship he had with two segregationist senators during the first decades of his political career, lauding those racist lawmakers for their “civility.” And now Biden has the audacity to declare that any free-thinking black person who doesn’t vote for him “ain’t black.”

This is not the type of leadership that will unite the American people or lead to meaningful reform—and Biden knows that perfectly well from decades of feckless experience. After all, he was one of the masterminds behind the “tough on crime” laws that led to the mass incarceration of African Americans, destroying the black family for generations.

Sadly, nothing changed under the Obama-Biden Administration—despite making a litany of pie-in-the-sky promises to the black community, there was no agenda, no action, no results. We were not a priority to Biden and his former boss.

President Trump has been the antithesis of Biden in almost every way. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, for instance, the black unemployment rate was regularly coming in at historic lows, and black workers were enjoying rapidly rising incomes thanks to common-sense, pro-growth policies. In addition, the FIRST STEP Act reversed the discriminatory policies that Biden championed and expedited the release of thousands of nonviolent inmates, helping to restore many black families and communities.

Also in direct contrast to Biden, President Trump understood that there is no room for partisanship at a time of crisis. He spoke privately to the George Floyd family, formally addressed the nation about his murder saying, “My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain.”

The president has stated his support for the peaceful protestors seeking to effect positive change in our society. Last week, I was honored to meet with him at the White House along with Katrina Pierson and there is no doubt that he understands the pain of the black community, small business owners, and the importance of this moment. He is the leader made for this moment.

At the same time, President Trump has rightly and forcefully condemned the violence in our streets, pledging to protect the American people from the looting mob of radicals who are not interested in justice, peace, or healing the nation.

He said, “the biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their president, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters.”

Joe Biden’s leadership instincts are to only propose actions President Trump has already taken. Instead of uniting the American people, he has only sought to continue his record of exploiting the pain and suffering of black Americans for his own white liberal political benefit.

About Paris Dennard

Paris Dennard served as the associate director for coalitions at the Republican National Committee from 2009-11 and worked in the President George W. Bush White House.

Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

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