Great job, Joe, for that tremendous display of, uh, leadership. You’ve really got Trump on the ropes now!
Biden had himself a little gathering on the campaign trail. A rally of sorts.
And right on cue — with Joe right in the middle of doing his thing, the protesters made their move.
They held up a sign blasting NAFTA.
Biden's Detroit rally was interrupted by protestors holding a banner that read "NAFTA Killed Jobs."
He responded by first asking if they were "with Donald Trump," then proclaiming "the Bernie Bros are here!" pic.twitter.com/jZWOWSslfS
— Samuel D. Finkelstein II (@CANCEL_SAM) March 10, 2020
Biden, a little slow on the uptake (and accustomed to blaming every problem on Trump) assumed the protesters were Trump-related. Of course, they were not.
It’s not Trump he’s fighting for the nomination, after all.
Nah, these were BernieBros making a statement on his turf.
This was Joe’s opportunity to show what he was made of. Would he reason with them? Treat them like hecklers? Use humor? Take back control of the meeting in some way?
Nope. He yielded the floor to them, looking pretty helpless and weak in the process.
See for yourself:
Two interruptions stopped @JoeBiden’s Detroit speech for roughly 6 min—One over NAFTA & another over Green New Deal.
“The Bernie Bros are here!…I’m not worried about it, it’s just what’s wrong with American politics today…This is one of the things Donald Trump is generating.” pic.twitter.com/W3p4zpMzqR
— Allie Raffa (@AllieRaffa) March 10, 2020
Trump would have been blasting them with mocking insults (‘run home to mommy’), or praising the wonderful security detail for whom he has so much respect. He would definitely take the spotlight away from the protesters so that it would be HIS message and not THEIRS that we talked about the next day.
But here we are, talking about Joe’s support of NAFTA, without even a clue what Biden’s theme for his campaign speech was.
Sleepy Joe did not win that round.
And because he came off as weak, you can expect to see a lot more Bernie Bro protests like it.