Former Vice President Joe Biden officially announced his presidential bid Thursday, praising the violent anti-conservative group Antifa. Spinning the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville to his political advantage, Biden admonished that it was wrong to draw a moral equivalent between white nationalist groups and their opposition, such as Antifa, describing them as “a courageous group of Americans.” Predictably, Biden used the opportunity to refer to President Trump essentially as a racist. In so doing, Biden has tipped his hand to a likely strategy to tack Left in hopes of peeling off enough of the fringe Left votes from the gaggle of also ran Leftists in the Democratic camp. And he’ll do so to his peril by offending enough of the political center to leave Trump’s 2016 base intact.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller…
Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Antifa in a video announcing his presidential bid Thursday, characterizing the group as “courageous” and saying it’s wrong to draw a moral equivalence between white nationalist groups and those opposing them.
The violent methods of Antifa are well documented. The nebulous group often uses these violent means against peaceful conservative speakers, benign free speech advocates, and even journalists.
In a retelling of the events at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Biden describes the white nationalists as having “crazed faces, illuminated by torches, veins bulging and baring the fangs of racism,” but describes the Antifa members who engaged violently with them as “a courageous group of Americans.”