Biden Slams Trump’s ‘Cockamamie Policies’
Joe Biden believes Donald Trump is out of touch with the common voter, and that Trump, being incredibly wealthy, does not understand the common trials and tribulations of American workers.
The Hill reports:
Speaking at a union hall for autoworkers in the city of Warren, Biden sought to blunt Trump’s appeal to blue-collar voters, even as the Republican presidential nominee campaigned on the other side of the state.
“This other guy, he’s not a bad guy. He does not understand this,” Biden, who shed his suit jacket before taking the stage, said of Trump’s familiarity with union workers’ problems.
“He doesn’t understand this any more than you understand what it’s like to live in a 30,000-square-foot penthouse 80 floors up in New York,” he said. “He doesn’t have any idea what it’s like.”
The vice president pounced on the billionaire businessman for criticizing the 2009 auto bailout and for his claim that American workers’ wages are “too high.”
“I am so sick and tired of hearing people like Trump and the Chamber of Commerce talking about how we get paid too much,” Biden said.
“Give me a break. This is a guy who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth that now he’s choking on, because now his foot’s in his mouth along with the spoon.”
Biden said Trump’s bombastic style is out of step with working-class families.
“My biggest problem with Donald Trump … is not his cockamamie policies,” he said. “It’s the way he treats people.”
The visit was Biden’s first solo campaign stop for Clinton, just over two weeks after he made his debut with the Democratic nominee in his hometown of Scranton, Pa.
Ohio is a crucial battleground state in the presidential election. Many election experts believe Trump must win the state, along with Pennsylvania and Florida, to win the White House.
Recent polls show Clinton with a narrow lead in the Buckeye State.
Clinton’s campaign is using Biden as its chief emissary to to male, working-class voters in the Rust Belt that Trump hopes will help him win in those states.
Later on Thursday, the vice president will speak at another union hall in the northeast Ohio city of Parma.
The Mahoning Valley, where Warren is located, is a union stronghold that has traditionally backed Democrats. But Trump performed well there in the GOP primaries, defeating Ohio Gov. John Kasich by 11,000 votes.
Biden acknowledged that people there are frustrated with the loss of manufacturing jobs — a theme that Trump has harped on as he has tapped into discontent among the working class.
But the vice president called Trump an unacceptable choice, even for voters who are upset with both candidates.
“Do you think there’s any possibility that Donald Trump would do anything other than continue to try to break the labor movement?” he asked.
Biden used his speech, which was full of folksy stories about his upbringing in a union household, to pitch Clinton’s working-class bonafides. He praised her support for union card-check legislation and the auto bailout.
“For all the criticism of Hillary, she gets it in her gut,” he said. “Hillary gets this, man. That’s what she’s been fighting her whole life — for families.”
Biden’s Ohio stop is also meant to boost former Gov. Ted Strickland (D), who is trying to unseat incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R).
Strickland introduced Biden to the crowd and the vice president repeatedly lauded the ex-governor while hitting Portman for calling the auto rescue a “lousy deal.”
“I have campaigned for a lot of people over the years,” Biden said. “There’s nobody I admire more than Ted Strickland.”
Strickland needs all the help he can get. Portman is leading him by more than 7 percentage points, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average.
Photo credit: CNN/Screenshot.