How, exactly, does Biden think that would play out in his side’s favor?
This is the same guy who openly wished he was younger so he could meet Trump ‘behind the gym’ to punch him out. (Of course, when Biden was in high school, Trump would have been in middle school, so it would hardly have been a fair fight.)
But even THAT ridiculously mismatched dust-up wouldn’t be as lopsided as a real-world confrontation between Left and Right today.
When Joy Reid asked what Biden should do if Mitch McConnel is intentionally blocking all of the Democrats’ obscenely stupid Socialist legislation, he had this to say:
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says that the way he would deal with Senate Republicans who oppose his agenda is with a “brass knuckle fight,” later adds: “Let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it” pic.twitter.com/GQPmDGxJpo
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
“Joy, I know you’re one of the ones who thinks it’s naive to think we have to work together,” Biden responded. “The fact of the matter is if we can’t get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive.”
“There are certain things where it just takes a brass knuckle fight,” Biden continued, later adding: “Let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it.”
Is this just another stupid gaffe by Biden?
Was he just illustrating a point poorly… again?
Or is he intentionally giving oxygen to the violent extremists already native to his party?
The black-masked jackwagons from Antifa are, no doubt, already itching to kick their violence back into high gear. And we’ve seen one unhinged leftist nearly murder Scalise and others in an explicitly political assassination attempt.
We’ve seen Rand Paul hospitalized by an angry neighbor while mowing his own lawn, and people in MAGA hats beyond counting harassed and openly assaulted.
Why haven’t there been large-scale equivalents on the Right?
There could be all sorts of explanations, ranging from our attitude toward freedom (we’re not as friendly to brownshirt and fascistic tactics as their team), the fact that we leave room for the possibility that people who disagree with us are wrong (or misinformed or even dumb) rather than evil, our traditional and religious convictions that give us an obligation to treat even people we disagree with as made in the image of God.
But the most compelling reason might be even simpler than that.
We’re not inclined to start a fight we won’t finish. If things go REALLY South, most of us know we can handle ourselves, or (if not) we have someone close to us we can count on to do so.
But most of us are REALLY not interested in shedding blood over something petty. We’ve got families and responsibilities. We’ve got better things to do than play pseudo-soldier in a protest or get arrested over stupid political grandstanding.
But should a REAL threat rear its greasy head, that’s a whole other story.
It would be “Game on.”
Be careful what you wish for Joe. The violent activists least likely to understand the seriousness of the conflict are the most likely to suffer the consequences.
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