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“All Politicians are the Same”: Biden vs. Trump

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Image Credit Because of the lock the two parties hold on the presidential race, the only two viable choices are Joe Biden and Donald Trump. While Trump’s supporters are using many strategies to attack Biden (many of which are inconsistent with each other) one approach seems to involve trying to create a false equivalence between the two men. Trump’s tacticians probably think they can win over or keep some voters by trying to present Biden as being as bad or worse than Trump.  Their main goal, though, is probably to demotivate moderate and left voters who would never vote for Trump (again) but might be persuaded to not vote. While they would see a vote for Trump as best, negating a vote for Biden is also good. Since Trump is either a racist or an opportunist (which might be morally worse) there has been an effort to cast Biden as a racist. This charge does have some merit. In the 1970s Joe Biden actively opposed school busing. Biden teamed up with Jesse Helms in 1975 and joined the segregationists in opposing busing. In 1977 he said, “Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point. We have got to make some move on this.” Joe also supported (and apparently still supports) the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. This act is often seen as racist by people on the left. In 2020 Biden told voters that ‘you ain’t black’ if they are still deciding between him and Trump. This does show that Joe has said racist things and supported racist policies, so he could be accused of being a racist. While it might seem odd for Trump supporters to focus on Joe’s alleged racism, it is a clever tactic. It allows Trump supporters who might have some moral qualms about Trump’s racism to feel better about their support: if Joe is also a racist, it is okay to back the racist Trump. It can also be used to demotivate lefty voters—if Joe. . .

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