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—Joe, Joe, Joe. Goddammit, Joe.[1]

Joseph Robinette "Big Fucking Deal"[2] Biden, Jr. (AKA Amtrak Joe), as of November 7, 2020 became the putative President Elect of the United States of America. He has been called gaffe-prone by his critics and has even admitted that he deserves the recognition as such. Much to the amazement of his rivals, Democrat voters don't seem to mind that much.[3][4][5][6] He is an American politician from the Democratic Party who served as a senator from Delaware and then vice president and important negotiator[7] for Barack Obama. He retired from politics for a while after his son Joseph "Beau" Biden died from brain cancer in 2015,[8] but he reemerged from the ground like a zombie during the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. He began as the front-runner but almost managed to fuck it up for himself by fumbling debates and losing early elections. Still, he regained his footing thanks to winning significantly in the South and then other establishment candidates withdrawing from the race to back him against Bernie Sanders.[9] Ultimately, Joe Biden benefited from his name-recognition in connection to former President Obama as well as Sanders' tendency to overestimate his reach outside of the progressive core base.[10] However, there was definite voter suppression from the Republican party involved in a lot of cases[note 1].

During the campaign for the 2020 U.S. presidential election against incumbent Donald Trump, Biden and his team generally focused on targeting centrist swing voters while pushing back against more progressive policies.[11] Biden also generally limited large-scale campaign events, both due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as his contentment to just sit on his consistently higher poll numbers and wait out the race.[12] Biden won a clear majority of electoral votes thanks to reclaiming the Rust Belt states Trump flipped in 2016, but unlike Trump, his victory did not translate into down-ballot victories for other Democrats.[13] Biden is currently the president-elect of the United States, but it remains to be seen if there ends up being successful legal chicanery from the Trump team (which is so extremely unlikely, pretty much impossible, bless sanity)[note 2] - or if something goes wrong in the final Electoral College vote casting, which also seems to be unlikely.

If you want insight into how well its going for Trump, much of his legal team said "fuck you" and left,[14] and the only vocal member of his legal team is Rudy fucking Giuliani.[15]

Fun Biden Fact! Despite the fact he is not even officially President yet, Biden is still the best one from Pennsylvania, because his competition is James Buchanan. And it's literally impossible to top how bad he was.

Political career[edit]

Freshman Senator Biden.

Joe Biden's political career has been marked by one rather stunning success, followed by remarkable incompetence and failure.

1972 run for Senate[edit]

In 1972, a 29-year-old Biden pulled off an astonishing victory against an incumbent politician with very little in the way of resources. J. Caleb Boggs was considered a popular incumbent, and the Democratic Party picked their most unknown politician to serve as the sacrificial lamb against Boggs in the election.[16] Since the Dems had no real hope of winning, they gave him almost no money and no manpower. Biden instead relied on friends and family members to deliver platform pamphlets by hand, which was only possible in a small state like Delaware.[17]

Biden won the race very narrowly thanks to portraying himself as the candidate of the modern era and Boggs as a crusty, out-of-touch old man. Biden also campaigned against the Vietnam War and criticized Boggs for failing to pressure president Richard Nixon to end it.[18] Biden defeated Boggs by a little over 3,000 votes.[19]

Unfortunately, his victory was marred by tragedy when his wife Neilia Hunter and infant daughter Naomi perished in a car accident a little over a month after the election while out to buy a Christmas tree.[20] Biden's sons Beau and Hunter survived with serious injuries.

In the Senate[edit]

Senator Biden and his second wife Jill.
See the main article on this topic: US Senate

Amtrak Joe[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Amtrak

In the Senate, Joe shaped much of his political image around his family and especially public transportation. With his wife and daughter dead after the accident in 1972, Biden took the train daily from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington and then back again to be home with his two young sons.[21] It was a nice gesture, but it also served Biden's political career by establishing him as an "everyman". In his first term as senator, Biden said that he was angry and had trouble focusing due to his personal tragedy.[22] However, Biden also met English teacher and divorcee, Jill Jacobs, during this time and eventually married her in 1977.[23]

As a frequent rider on Amtrak, it should come as no surprise that Biden is a fan of rail as a mode of transportation, and he has consequently been called "railfan in chief" and "Amtrak Joe" among other things. The Obama administration's ambitious high-speed rail plan unveiled in 2009 is believed to be mostly thanks to his influence. When a train derailed on the Northeast Corridor, a visibly shaken Biden told the media that he had been on the same route numerous times and that more investments in Amtrak are needed now more than ever. The Republicans, of course, voted to cut Amtrak funding on the very same day.[24]

Officer Joe[edit]

Biden with Ronald Reagan, 1984.
Every time Richard Nixon, when he was running in 1972, would say, 'Law and order,' the Democratic match or response was, 'Law and order with justice' — whatever that meant. And I would say, 'Lock the SOBs up.'
—Joe Biden in 1993.[25]
The truth is, every major crime bill since 1976 that’s come out of this Congress, every minor crime bill, has had the name of the Democratic senator from the State of Delaware: Joe Biden.
—Joe Biden, speech to the Senate in 1994.[25]

One of the worst aspects of his political career was one common to Democrats of the era, as they tried to shake off their perception of being "soft on crime" by pushing for mass incarceration. Biden was a ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee by the 1980s, and he used that position to push for a harsher War on Drugs and harsher prison sentencing. He was such a hardass that freaking Ronald Reagan actually vetoed a Biden-written bill that called for more funding to build lots more prisons.[26] Biden also cooperated heavily with Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond to jail more people.

Crime legislation written, sponsored, or campaigned for by Biden include:

  • The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, which established mandatory minimum sentencing rules for drug-related offenses.[27] It also greatly expanded powers of civil asset forfeiture.[28]
  • The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, which further strengthened prison sentences for drug possession. It also imposed harsher penalties for crack than for powder cocaine, leading to greater racial disparities in prison populations.[29]
  • The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Biden's most infamous crime legislation, imposed tougher sentencing across the board and escalated mass incarceration with devastating impact on black communities.[25]
Officer Biden during the 1994 Crime Bill signing.

However, amid rising crack addiction and violent crime of the era, the 1994 and other crime bills really weren't too controversial at the time, even among African-Americans.[30] However, today, the bill's impacts are more fully understood, and Biden faced tough criticism for the law during the 2020 campaign season. Biden eventually stated that he thinks the bill was a mistake. However, he blames much of it on implementation rather than his actions.[31]

No busing Joe[edit]

Biden has boasted about his relationship with segregationist senator Strom Thurmond (which is not actually bad for those who still believe bipartisanship was once right or is still possible, but is terrible if you care about racism in the USA and would rather not see someone who filibustered the civil rights act treated like a "friend").[32] Furthermore, Biden supported legislation that would have prevented federal courts from ordering public school busing,[33] something Kamala Harris called him out for in the 2020 presidential debates.[34] He has also in the past advocated for segregation, saying it was "good for black people."[35]

No homo Joe[edit]

Biden's record on LGBT issues during his time as a senator also drew some harsh criticism during his later political career. For instance, Biden voted for the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibited openly gay individuals from serving in the US military.[36] The policy also allowed the military to investigate servicemembers if there was "credible" evidence that the individual was gay or lesbian.[37] As vice president, he supported its 2010 repeal.

Biden also voted for the 1992 "Defense of Marriage Act", although he previously opposed denying same-sex couples benefits.[36] DOMA was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges case. Biden has since apparently changed his mind and now supports LGBT rights.

Borking Joe[edit]

As the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden played a vital role in scuttling the wingnut Reagan nominee for the Supreme Court, Robert Bork. Biden's treatment of Bork drew heavy criticism for attacking Bork like a prosecutor to criticize Bork's original-intent judicial philosophy.[38] This was an early sign that Supreme Court nominations would start getting more politically fraught and angry.

The hearing also took place during Biden's infamous failed 1988 presidential run.

1988 run for president[edit]

Poor Joe probably doesn't like to see this logo anymore.
I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do.
—Angry Joe Biden after being asked about his law school grades.[39]

Biden's campaign for the Democratic nomination in 1988 was an embarrassment, and it collapsed after just three months. Biden once again played himself as a youth candidate, and he also tried to play up his everyman reputation. That last part killed his campaign. Biden gave a speech referencing his family's old traditional jobs as coal workers in Pennsylvania. Still, his speech very blatantly plagiarized the very similar words of British politician Neil Kinnock.[40] The press jumped on him and questioned his character. Then it got even worse when an old law school paper emerged, which Biden had improperly cited sources and was thus an inadvertent act of plagiarism.[41] This type of "gotcha journalism" had been the rule until the period of the Trump Presidency.[42] Biden then made some misleading statements about his academic successes and, most egregiously, falsely claimed that he had marched with the Civil Rights Movement.[43]

Back to the Senate[edit]

Anita Hill testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

No testimony Joe[edit]

"Have I forgiven Joe Biden? I'm ready to move on, but I am also ready to hold Joe Biden accountable. Accountability means acknowledging your role in a problem and the harm it's caused. Acknowledging that you have culpability.
—Anita Hill, 2019.[44]

In 1991, Biden played an unfortunate role as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee in managing the confirmation of Clarence Thomas. As chair, Biden became aware that university law professor Anita Hill had accused Thomas of sexual harassment. During the committee's questioning of Hill, Biden turned the proceedings into a farce. He refused to allow testimony from people who would have corroborated Hill's account, and he allowed his 14 white male colleagues to demonize and bully Hill.[45] Biden also showed that he was more sympathetic to Thomas during his questions, and he allowed Thomas to testify twice while only allowing Hill to testify once.

However, Biden did vote against Thomas' confirmation, but apparently based on legal differences rather than Hill's account. Biden eventually apologized to Hill in 2019, but she says his apology left her unsatisfied and that he had set the stage for Brett Kavanaugh.[46]

Foreign policy Joe[edit]

Biden in Baghdad, 2004.

Biden was a longtime member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the '90s and early 2000s. Biden voted against the Gulf War in 1991 and disliked the other Middle Eastern coalition members because they saddled the US with most of the effort.[47] During the Clinton years, though, Biden supported US intervention in the Yugoslav Wars, and he still considers that support a point of pride.[48]

Biden's role in the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq War was where things got terrible. In 2002, Biden ran the Senate Foreign Relations hearing on Iraq's alleged WMD stockpile and made it clear that he wanted the committee to support deposing Saddam Hussein regardless of the facts.[47] He even allowed the egregious lies that Saddam would have nuclear weapons "sometime this decade" and that Iraqis would "welcome the United States as liberators" to go unchallenged.[49] Biden then voted in support of the 2003 invasion, although he later admitted that vote to be a mistake. In 2006 he announced that he wanted to do an imperialist-style carve-up of Iraq into three pieces based on the premise that the Iraqis couldn't handle living in the same country.[47] On the plus side, he voted against the 2007 troop surge. Not too much war.

Biden's later claims that he opposed the war from the beginning are blatantly false.[50]

2008 run for president[edit]

Biden's ugly campaign logo.
You've got the first sort of mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and nice looking guy. I mean that's a storybook man.
—Joe Biden referring to Barack Obama in 2007.[51] Goddammit, Joe.
In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian Americans — moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking.
—Biden on Indian-Americans.[52] GODDAMMIT, Joe.

Biden's second failed attempt at the White House was a miserable failure but less so than in 1988. One of his worst moments in the race came from the above quote about Barack Obama, which implicitly insulted African-Americans with faint praise for Obama. The comment was, like many others Biden would make, racially insensitive. Biden focused on his superior foreign policy experience compared to the other candidates, although much of that foreign policy experience was not good.

The worst part was that Biden failed to attract name recognition, and by this point, he was seen as an old man concerned with old issues. He struggled to fundraise or attract people to his rallies. Most of his failure can be attributed to the fact that Biden was overshadowed by the much more famous Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. In the Iowa Caucus, Biden received less than 1% of the state's support.[53]

Vice President[edit]

Obama and Biden in Springfield, Illinois.

Luckily for Biden, Barack Obama reached over to pluck him out of political obscurity. Obama and Biden served as senators together on the Foreign Relations Committee. The two men initially didn't like each other since Biden resented Obama's fame, and Obama saw Biden as patronizing.[54] They only warmed up to each other on the 2008 primary campaign trail, as Obama liked Biden's appeals to the working class.

Obama ultimately picked Joe Biden as his running mate, partly because of their personal rapport but mostly because Biden would reassure voters who were worried about Obama's relative lack of government experience.[55] Biden at this time was in support for abortion rights, and his role in the national race caused him to conflict with Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania.[56] Obama and Biden won the 2008 election in a landslide.

Biden's toughest job as VP was learning how to be deferential to Barack Obama, but he did prove loyal. From the outset, he was the primary architect of the Obama policy towards Iraq.[57] Obama and other administration members described Biden as the "devil's advocate" who would force them to defend their positions and decisions.[58]

Biden also proved vital in working with Mitch McConnell in the Senate to hash out a debt limit deal in 2011.[59] Biden and McConnell had served in the Senate together for 25 years.

In May of 2012, right in the middle of the re-election campaign, Biden misspoke (or maybe not), saying that "I am absolutely comfortable with gay marriage."[60] This gaffe forced Obama to have to actually address the gay marriage issue head-on. The President said he had evolved and now accepted gay marriage. This was one of several turning points in the campaign, so thank him for that. (There's some not-entirely-unfounded speculation that Biden's "gaffe" was a trial balloon for a planned announcement by the President: if the media didn't make too much of a fuss about Biden's statement, or made a fuss in a positive direction, it was safe for the Prez to, um, come out.)[61]

2020 run for president[edit]

Campaign logo after selecting Harris as running mate.

Biden's 2020 presidential campaign began on 25th April 2019 after he announced his candidacy for 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination.

As a former Vice President, Biden joined the race with high name recognition. While leading the national polls, he did not win early democratic contests of Iowa or New Hampshire. Then came the South Carolina Democratic primary, which resulted in a landslide victory for Joe Biden. This gave a new life to the campaign, and in March, he was endorsed by ten of his opponents. On Super Tuesday (March 3rd), Biden got enough delegates to pull ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders. After Joe Biden's victory and the path to nomination become clear, Sanders suspended his presidential campaign on 8th April. Bernie endorsed Biden 5 days later. In June, Biden passed the threshold of 1991 delegates required to become the Democratic presidential nominee.

On 11 August, Biden announced that Senator Kamala Harris would be his running mate.

The DNC officially nominated Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice-President on August 18 and 19. [62]

Campaign Pledges[edit]

Health[edit]

  • Biden has come out in favor of a public option for covering health insurance and outlawing the non-compete clause. [63]
  • Biden has called for increasing funding for hospitals in rural areas and communities. [64]

Environment[edit]

  • Embracing the Green New Deal framework, his campaign launched a $1.7 trillion climate plan. If implemented, the plan outlines the US's goal to reach 100% clean energy and net-zero emissions by the year 2050. [65]
  • The campaign also promises to rally world leaders to meet the threat of climate change.

Minimum Wage[edit]

  • Biden campaign has called for $15/hour minimum wage. [66][67]

Education[edit]

  • Biden's platform includes support for universal pre-kindergarten. [68]
  • In October 2019, Biden released an education plan which includes guaranteed free 2 years of community college and easing student loans. [69]
  • Another Biden's education plan includes 4 years of free public colleges & universities for families that make less than $125,000 per year. [70]

Infrastructure[edit]

  • On 4th November 2019, Biden released a plan calling for $1.3 trillion investments in infrastructure. This includes housing, roads, pipes, bridges, highways, rails, electric vehicles, broadband, and schools. [71]

Cannabis[edit]

  • Biden believes that no one should be in jail for cannabis use. He's come out in favor of decriminalizing the recreational use of cannabis, but not legalizing it. [72]

LGBTQ issues[edit]

  • While delivering a keynote in early June 2019, Biden said that one of his administration's top priorities would be to pass the "Equality Act". [73]

Immigration[edit]

  • Biden's plan for immigration includes enabling a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants, expansion of work visas, and reversal of Donald Trump's deportation policies. [74]

Allegations of inappropriate physical contact and sexual assault[edit]

I'm a tactile politician.
—Joe Biden, March 2019[75]
Not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately.
—Joe Biden, March 2019[76]

There are several videos and pictures of Biden engaging in what commentators consider to be inappropriate proximity to women and children, including kissing and or touching.[77][78][79] Biden described himself as a "tactile politician", admitting this behavior caused trouble in the past.[80]

In March 2019, Lucy Flores, former Nevada assemblywoman, accused Biden of having kissed her without her consent at a 2014 campaign rally in Las Vegas. Flores wrote that Biden walked up behind her, put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed the back of her head, in "an intimate way reserved for close friends, family, or romantic partners – and I felt powerless to do anything about it."[81][82] Few days later, three additional women came forward with allegations of inappropriate conduct. Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide, accused Biden of having crossed a decency line when he touched her in a non-sexual but inappropriate way by holding her head to rub noses with her at a political fundraiser in Greenwich in 2009.[83] Another woman said that Biden ran his hand from her shoulder down her back, and the other said that he placed his hand on her thigh.[84][85] By April 2019, a total of seven women accused Biden of inappropriately touching them.[86]

Tara Reade[edit]

Tara Reade had accused Biden of making inappropriate physical contact with her in 1993 when she worked in the then-senator's office from December 1992 to August 1993.[87] Reade has given many interviews about this incident, including multiple interviews with The Washington Post.[87] Lucy Flores' story of Biden's inappropriate touching inspired Read to initially allege that Biden had inappropriately touched her, which was published in her hometown newspaper, The Union, on April 3, 2019.[88] In that article, Reade's accusation at that time was:<[88]

He used to put his hand on my shoulder and run his finger up my neck,” Reade said. “I would just kind of freeze and wait for him to stop doing that.

This was similar to what other women have accused Biden of doing, and it was reported that Reade did not consider that behavior sexualization.[88]

Reade told The Union that she left her job with the Senator because she refused to serve drinks at a fundraiser and because she felt sidelined because of that.[88] In a 2019 interview with The Washington Post, Reade laid blame for her leaving Senator's office for "bullying" by the Senator's staff rather than by Biden himself:[87]

This is what I want to emphasize: It’s not him. It’s the people around him who keep covering for him… For instance, he should have known what was happening to me… Looking back now, that’s my criticism. Maybe he could have been a little more in touch with his own staff.

By her differing accounts, Reade either left voluntarily because she felt sidelined, or she was forced out by Ted Kaufman, Biden's chief of staff.[89]

As recently as 2017, Reade tweeted positively about Biden.[87] But starting in January 2020, Reade began publicly supporting Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, and called Biden "a misogynist pred".[87] In March 2020, Reade gave an interview with Katie Halper, a Bernie supporter,[87] in which she changed her story that Biden had sexually assaulted her in the Senate.[90][91] In a subsequent interview with The Washington Post, Reade could not remember where in the Capitol she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Biden.[87] Reade’s younger brother, Collin Moulton, confirmed Reade's initial story of inappropriate touching but then revised his story to conform to Reade's revised story.[87]

Biden's presidential campaign has called this sexual assault allegation false:[87]

He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard — and heard respectfully. Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: It is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.

Marianne Baker, who was one of Reade's supervisors, also denied Reade's claim of having made a formal complaint of the assault:[87]

In all my years working for Sen. Biden, I never once witnessed, or heard of, or received, any reports of inappropriate conduct, period — not from Ms. Reade, not from anyone. I have absolutely no knowledge or memory of Ms. Reade’s accounting of events, which would have left a searing impression on me as a woman professional, and as a manager. These clearly false allegations are in complete contradiction to both the inner workings of our Senate office and to the man I know and worked so closely with for almost two decades.

Two of Reade's other supervisors, Dennis Toner and Ted Kaufman, also flatly denied that the complaint was made, and both stated that they would have remembered it if such a complaint had been made.[87][89]

Reade had told The Washington Post that she had confided in her mother, who died in 1993, regarding the allegations.[87] Subsequently, Reade told The Intercept that her mother had made a phone call to Larry King Live some time in 1993 which referenced her daughter's experience at The Capitol.[92] The Intercept was able to find a recording of the radio conversation, the complete transcript of which is:[92]

King: San Luis Obispo, California, hello.
Caller: Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington? My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him.
King: In other words, she had a story to tell but, out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?
Caller: That’s true.

Assuming that the anonymous caller was Reade's mother, one does not know what exactly the issue was that her mother was referring to. Was it the inappropriate touching that Reade had initially alleged, was it her difficulties with the Senator's office staff, or was it the sexual assault that she is currently alleging?

"Believe all women"[edit]

"What we are witnessing is another instance of the right decrying what it imagines the American women’s movement to be."
Susan FaludiWikipedia[93]

Concomitant with Reade's 2020 accusation against Biden, the phrase "Believe all women" began cropping up.[94] It is noteworthy because the phrase "Believe women" (without the 'all') began in 2016 with Harvey Weinstein's downfall and rose to prominence with the #MeToo hashtag that began in 2017.[94]

"Believe women" was a reminder, not an absolute rule; the beginning of a process, not an end. It was flexible enough to apply to various contexts: Believe women … enough to seriously investigate their claims. Believe women … when they tell you about pervasive indignities — catcalling, leering — that happen to them and their friends when you’re not around.
—Monica Hesse (ellipses hers)[94]

"Believe all women" is a phrase that is generally used to taunt Democrats by the right-wing, who seek to make a straw man argument against concerns over sexual abuse and sexual harassment of women, using the original "Believe women" slogan that originated with the #MeTooWikipedia movement.[94][93] In this specific case (utilized by the usual right-wing suspects such as Glenn Beck,[95] Megyn Kelly,[96] and Fox news anchor Martha MacCallum[97]) the flawed argument concerns the assertion that they're not going to believe this woman, Tara Reade, so Democrats are hypocrites.[94] The problem with the phrase "Believe all women" is that it is inherently contradictory (or paradoxical): it's not unrealistic that two women could have contradictory opinions about something, and so it would be irrational to believe both of them. The phrase "Believe all women" is, in fact, used as a straw man and a gaslighting technique — an intentional misrepresentation of "Believe women" to try to trip up people who might want to give Biden the benefit of the doubt.[94] It is used just like "All Lives Matter." was used to misrepresent "Black Lives Matter."[94]

Women's issues[edit]

Biden's support of women's rights is broad and consistent. Even feminist men, like Biden, can be tone-deaf, and that is how Biden appeared when questioning Anita Hill regarding her accusations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas during his Senate confirmation hearings.[98] In 1994, Biden authored and strong-armed the passage of the Violence Against Women ActWikipedia (as part of a larger bill, Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, also known as the Biden Crime Act) which among other things, aids women in cases of domestic assault and for the first time, provided a way for victims of rape or domestic assault to find redress in civil courts if the State or District prosecutor choose not to try a case.[99]

Despite personally following his Catholic faith in the belief that life begins at conception, Biden is firmly pro-choice. In the 2012 Vice-Presidential debates, he stated his own view (and challenged all lawmakers):[100]

With regard to abortion, I accept my church’s position … life begins at conception. … But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christian and Muslims and Jews, and I just refuse to impose that on others.

I do not believe that we have a right to tell women, that they can’t control their body. It is a decision between them and their doctor. I am not going to interfere with that.

See also[edit]

Icon fun.svg For those of you in the mood, RationalWiki has a fun article about Joe Biden.
  • Dick Cheney: Joe Biden's predecessor.
  • Al Gore: Cheney's predecessor and the dude who should've been president instead of Cheney Cheney's boss.
  • Mike Pence: Biden's successor.
  • Kamala Harris: Biden's running mate in 2020.

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Biden is known to have issues with young voters, who overwhelmingly favor Bernie Sanders. Related to this, Republicans have been actively suppressing votes on college campuses, resulting in an effective lower turnout for Bernie Sanders and an increased turnout for Biden.
  2. Every single legal challenge so far has fallen flat on it's face. With the downfall of the Pennsylvania challenge, it's virtually inevitable that failure will be the only takeaway from the Trump team - Bingo.

References[edit]

  1. Joe Biden Says ‘Poor Kids’ Are Just as Bright as ‘White Kids’. New York Times.
  2. Joe Biden: 'This is a big fucking deal'. The Guardian.
  3. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/09/06/2020-democrats-joe-biden-prone-gaffes-but-doesnt-seem-voters-care/2225251001/
  4. Bidenisms
  5. Joe Biden isn’t just a gaffe machine. He’s the Lamborghini of gaffes by Dana Milbank (August 27, 2019 at 7:52 PM) The Washington Post.
  6. Joe Biden Speech: Vice President Misuses The Word Literally, HuffPo
  7. In 'fiscal cliff' deal, Joe Biden upstages President Obama, Christian Science Monitor
  8. Joe Biden won't run for president. CNN.
  9. Joe Biden's Long And Rocky Road To The Democratic Nomination. NPR.
  10. Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 race, clearing Joe Biden's path to the Democratic nomination
  11. Biden's 'seize the center' campaign strategy may just deliver him the White House. Business Insider.
  12. Team Biden's new strategy: Run out the clock. The Hill.
  13. Joe Biden bullish but down-ballot races deliver disappointment for Democrats. The Guardian.
  14. Most respectable lawyers have quit Trump’s lawsuits. The ones who haven’t are getting desperate and dangerous. The Independent
  15. The asshole is also asking for twenty fucking thousand U.S dollars a day for his work.
  16. Father’s Tough Life an Inspiration for Biden. New York Times.
  17. Biden's Road to Senate Took Tragic Turn. NPR.
  18. When Joe Biden Was the Candidate of the Young. Slate.
  19. See the Wikipedia article on 1972 United States Senate election in Delaware.
  20. See the Wikipedia article on Neilia Hunter.
  21. Amtrak rider-in-chief Biden embarks on Rust Belt train tour. Associated Press.
  22. On Becoming Joe Biden. NPR.
  23. Bidens met, forged life together after tragedy. Orlando Sentinel.
  24. Jeremy Diamond and Eric Bradner, "House committee passes bill that cuts Amtrak funding after crash", CNN.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 ‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration. New York Times.
  26. Joe Biden Pushed Ronald Reagan to Ramp Up Incarceration. The Intercept.
  27. Joe Biden on Crime and Mass Incarceration. New York Times.
  28. Joe Biden’s long record supporting the war on drugs and mass incarceration, explained. Vox.
  29. More evidence that harsh mandatory minimums for drug offenses don't work. Vox.
  30. The Crime-Bill Debate Shows How Short Americans’ Memories Are. The Atlantic.
  31. 'Things have changed': can Biden overcome the racist legacy of the crime bill he backed? The Guardian.
  32. "Biden eulogy for Strom Thurmond shows political opponents don't have to be enemies"
  33. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/us/joe-biden-busing-timeline.html
  34. Joe Biden's busing problem
  35. Biden's record on race explained
  36. 36.0 36.1 Biden's LGBTQ record draws scrutiny at Iowa presidential forum. Reuters.
  37. See the Wikipedia article on Don't ask, don't tell.
  38. Joe Biden, the father of 'Borking'. The Hill.
  39. Did Joe Biden Drop Out of the ’88 Presidential Race After Admitting to Plagiarism? Snopes.
  40. For Joe Biden, 1987 Brought Triumph In The Wake Of Political Setback.NPR.
  41. Biden Admits Plagiarism in School But Says It Was Not 'Malevolent'. New York Times.
  42. https://prospect.org/culture/logic-trump-s-war-media/
  43. Biden’s First Run for President Was a Calamity. Some Missteps Still Resonate. New York Times.
  44. Anita Hill says she's 'ready to hold Joe Biden accountable' for role in 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. CNN.
  45. What Joe Biden’s (Non-)Apology to Anita Hill Reveals About Him. The Intercept.
  46. Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Is Not Enough. New York Times.
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Joe Biden's History of Making the Wrong Call. The Atlantic.
  48. Joe Biden Woos America’s Bosnian, Albanian Voters Before Polls. Balkan Insight.
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  51. Biden's description of Obama draws scrutiny. CNN.
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  89. 89.0 89.1 Examining Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden: Ms. Reade, a former Senate aide, has accused Mr. Biden of assaulting her in 1993 and says she told others about it. A Biden spokeswoman said the allegation is false, and former Senate office staff members do not recall such an incident. by Lisa Lerer & Sydney Ember (Published April 12, 2020; Updated May 8, 2020) The New York Times.
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  98. Re-watching Joe Biden’s disastrous Anita Hill hearing: A sexual harassment inquisition by Michael S. Rosenwald (November 26 at 12:11 PM) The Washington Post.
  99. The Violence Against Women Act Was Signed 25 Years Ago. Here's How the Law Changed American Culture. TIME
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