Biden Eschews Anger, Hoping 'Unity' Can Lift Him To The Presidency
Added 05-19-19 10:07:01am EST - “The former vice president, who saw Barack Obama win twice on a unifying message, is betting that will win out over anger. Will that be enough for Democrats, who feel they have good reason to be angry?” - Npr.org
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Philadelphia Saturday. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption
Many Democrats are angry. They're angry with President Trump's election and what it represents. And they're angry about the direction of the country, and the inequities in American life.
So it would make sense that the person running for the Democratic nomination for president would channel that anger. President Trump did it to win over the Republican base in 2016, saying he gladly carries the "mantle of anger."
The Democrat tried to put forward a message of unity Saturday at a major campaign rally in Philadelphia before 6,000 people, according to a security official with the campaign, capping off his presidential campaign kickoff.
"Some say Democrats don't want to hear about unity," Biden said. "That they are angry– and the angrier you are – the better. That's what they are saying to have to do to win the Democratic nomination. Well, I don't believe it. I believe Democrats want to unify this nation. That's what we've always been about. Unity."
Who IS this guy, suggesting that anger many feel at injustice & inequity & the suffering they cause is same as Trump’s punitive fury on behalf of himself & white patriarchal power? Anger at injustice has catalyzed transformative change; “unity” has not. Joe is deeply wrong.— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) May 18, 2019
Going with “Democrats aren’t angry” is certainly a choice for @JoeBiden. He seems to define anger only as wasteful or hateful. Women, people of color, and other Democratic constituencies aren’t angry like Trump and his followers. They’ve been pissed off in a whole different way.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 18, 2019
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