Here Are 7 Takeaways From The First Biden/Harris Interview (VIDEO)

Written by K. Walker on August 24, 2020

Here’s our ClashDaily take on what the Democratic Presidential ticket had to say…

The Democrats have been hidin’ Biden in the basement of his home in Delaware for months. It’s no wonder that they’re doing that–he makes a mess of things just about every time he opens his mouth.

Here’s a very brief sample:

They can’t keep Joe hidden in the basement forever, however.

The election is just a few months away and now they’re carefully curating which media appearances that Joe and Kamala are going to do.

The campaign has decided to do a “full” interview on a special edition of 20/20 with both Biden and Harris, and divided between two hosts.

The first part was with David Muir of ABC News. Topics that were covered included:

  • the “historic” ticket of a guy whose third time was the charm for clinching the nom, and his selection of a mixed black/Indian woman as his running mate.
  • COVID-19
  • lockdowns/reopening and The Science™
  • a possible coronavirus vaccine
  • the economy
  • the bodyslam attack that Harris hit on Biden in the Dem debate
  • Harris’s support for the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All, and her far-left voting record which is at odds with the way they were marketing Biden in the primary
  • and of course, the election

There were a couple of things to note mixed in with the usual fawning praise, and the dodging of moderately difficult questions.

1. Joe will force you to wear a mask in the name of “patriotism.”

MUIR: You said in your speech last night that you want to implement a national strategy and as part of that strategy you said, “We’ll have a national mandate to wear masks.” You know a lot of governors aren’t going to go along with that and what do you say to Americans who say, this is my freedom, my choice whether to wear a mask? Are you going to force them to wear a mask?

BIDEN: Well, look, I think I’m going to ask every governor to step up. This isn’t about freedom, it’s about freedom for your, your neighbors. It’s about a patriotic responsibility to protect your neighbors. And the only way you can do that is to be socially distanced and wearing a mask when you’re in public, when you’re outside. This is, this is, I mean I find this– the first time I’ve ever heard people say that doing something patriotic you can save other people’s lives, impacts on their freedom. Come on. Give me a break, this is about saving lives.

2. Joe said that he’d lock down the country if the “scientists” told him to.

MUIR: You talk about the science. If you’re sworn in come January, and, and we have coronavirus and the flu combining, which many scientists have said is a real possibility, would you be prepared to shut this country down again?

BIDEN: I will be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives because we cannot get the country moving until we control the virus. That is the fundamental flaw of this administration’s thinking to begin with. In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing, and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus.

MUIR: So if the scientists say shut it down?

BIDEN: I would shut it down, I would listen to the scientists.

3. Harris dodges the question about Trump’s opposition to mail-in voting; Biden pushes a conspiracy theory.

MUIR: Do you think the president is deliberately trying to slow down the mail-in vote?

HARRIS: You know, here’s the thing about Donald Trump. You can– I’m not gonna spend too much time getting into his brain. I’m just watching what he does and the effect of it. And the effect of what he is doing on this subject is hurting small businesses, seniors, people across our country in rural communities where that is the only method by which they receive mail or packages. This is what’s happening in real time.

BIDEN: And he said he wanted to defund the post office at one point because he does not want people to be able to vote by mail. That’s what he said.

This man, who was complicit in spying on the Trump campaign is pushing the conspiracy theory that the President is trying to “rig” the election by opposing blanket mail-in voting.

4. Biden pushed the “fine people” hoax yet again.

When asked about the President calling Harris “nasty” and the “meanest, most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the US Senate” among other things, Harris responded and Joe jumped in.

HARRIS: Listen, I really — I think that there is so much about what comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth that is designed to distract the American people from what he is doing every day. That is about neglect, negligence and harm to the American people.

BIDEN: And incompetence.

HARRIS: Absolutely. Absolutely.

BIDEN: The idea that he would say something like that. No president– no president has ever said anything like that. No president has ever used those words, and no president has said people coming out of fields with torches and spewing anti semitic bile and met by people who oppose them, and someone dies and he says they’re good people on both sides. No president of the United States has ever said anything like that ever.

Here is the interview with ABC’s David Muir:

The second portion of the interview with Robin Roberts was largely fluff.

5. Kamala Harris says that President Trump won’t say the words “Black Lives Matter”–then brought up Charlottesville.

ROBERTS: So when you have a running mate who makes a comment like, “you ain’t Black,” and leads some people to say, “he just doesn’t get it.” Have you been able to speak truth to him about that?

HARRIS: Listen, when Joe and I talk about, and frankly have talked about, over the years, but in connection with this race about the state of Black America, he has a deep sense of awareness and knowledge about racial disparities, inequities and systematic racism. And Joe speaks the words and actually knows how to say the words “Black Lives Matter.” Contrary to what the president of the United States, the current president of the United States, does which is to sow hate and division full time, has never spoken those words and will never speak the words “Black Lives Matter.” So in this election, there is no question to me, that electing Joe Biden as president of the United States, means for the first time in the last four years having a president who takes on the issue of systemic racism and does something about it…

…In fact, you can talk to Joe about his personal reaction to the kind of white supremacy and, and, and even Charlottesville. He has been outspoken on those issues and, and continues to talk about disparities, and I know where his heart is. I know where his heart is.

This debunked hoax is clearly a key component of their campaign and they’re counting on the Media(D) to back them up on it.

6. Kamala is running from her “Top Cop” record.

ROBERTS: But there’s also been a national conversation about policing. And, you know the name that you have “Kamala: Top Cop.” Top cop. And the book that you wrote 10 years ago “Smart on Crime,” where you could put it by saying that you wanted to see more police on the street. Do you still feel that way?

HARRIS: Listen, I think there is no question. First of all, when I wrote that book, we– Black Lives Matter did not exist. And I give full credit to the brilliance of that movement in terms of what it has done to advance a conversation that needed to happen, a long time ago, but did not capture the ears or the hearts of the American people. What Black Lives Matter has done as a movement has been to be a counter force against a very entrenched status quo around the criminal justice system in America.

7. Biden says that he’s going to “unite” the country.

ROBERTS: A final question for each of you. I’ll begin with you, Vice President — Mr. Vice President. How are you going to reach out to people– that many people who you know have not supported you, do not support you?

BIDEN: Look, I’m going to run as a Democrat, but i’m gonna be an American president. I’m going to, I’m going, I’m going to represent everyone whether they voted for me or not. That’s what presidents are supposed to do. That’s what I’m gonna do and reach out and just tell the truth, lay it out. I’m going to be the president for all the people.

The job of a president is to represent everyone whether they voted for you or not. And to tell the truth. Take responsibility. Let people know what you’re going to do. The words of a president matter. They matter a great deal, no matter who’s uttering those words, and it starts off by telling the truth, and making it clear, this is about– I get criticized the day I announced if you recall, I think you asked me about it. You said, “do you think you could unite the country?” We have to unite this country.

We have to unite this country. And there’s just been too much misinformation that’s been laid out there. People are looking for someone to be authentic, tell the truth and say exactly what they’re going to do. And that’s what I’m going to do.

How’s that going to work, exactly? This is the guy that just got the endorsement of Richard Spencer, noted racist. 

Biden was in the Oval Office when the Obama administration was conspiring against the incoming Trump administration.

Here is the interview with Robin Roberts:


Joe keeps messing up when he’s allowed to appear in front of the media:

This guy is the best that the Democrats could offer. Think about that for a second.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll