Vice President Joe Biden sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper over the weekend to conduct their own mini-post mortem of the 2016 election.
While the vast majority of his friends and colleagues in the Democrat Party are talking about “Fake News” and Russia (all Russia did was reveal how disgusting the Democrats were)… Biden spent his time with Tapper being a bit more realistic. When Tapper asked Biden to explain why it was that Hillary did so poorly with the white working class, the VP didn’t mention “fake news” or Russia; instead he argued that the Democrat Party has forgotten about working class voters.
Jake Tapper: Hillary Clinton lost in part because of how incredibly poorly she did a voting group that is one of the groups that you speak for and have historically. People used to call you middle-class Joe, son of Scranton, and she got clobbered with white working class voters. You’ve said post-Nunn you might be the only democrat elected to the senate that won white men. Why do you think she did so poorly with white working-class voters?
Joe Biden: Well first of all I don’t think that we as a party we spent-look I’m really proud of what Barack and I are, or what the president and I were able to do in the economy.
But if you noticed the last two years in the present state of the union there’s been a shift in focus now that we got the car out of the ditch and on the road and running, on really focusing on the real inequities that exist and still exist for working class, middle class people who are left behind. And what happened was that wasn’t a central part of the campaign moving forward in my view.
Now I said at the convention when I introduced Hillary and praised her, I said we don’t show enough respect to that group that has been in fact left behind. And these are people who had good, decent jobs. My dad used to have an expression, for real, he said ‘remember Joe, a job’s a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about your respect.’ And as much as we’ve come back there’s still a segment of people who had good, decent jobs five, ten, twelve years ago and they’re having trouble looking their kids in the eye and saying honey it’s going to be ok. I feel certain about where we are now. And we’ve got to speak to those people.
You know globalization has not been an unalloyed asset to everybody. Some people are left behind. There’s ways to deal with that, but we never got a chance to speak to it in this election, and I think we paid a price for it.
Tapper also asked Biden who he would say that the leader of the Democrat Party will be once Donald Trump is inaugurated. Biden responded that there is “no single leader” but he mentions the same (very) old names as possibilities for leading the party. (Namely; Biden, Schumer, Pelosi, etc.) Doesn’t sound like anyone in the Democrat Party has been paying attention to what the public has been telling them and everything continues to come up roses for the GOP.
You can see their entire conversation in the videos below: