Despite their frequent calls for unity and their shared angst regarding Donald Trump, the liberal left doesn’t seem in too much of a hurry to defend Joe Biden these days.
Biden, who has only recently fallen out of the frontrunner slot for the 2020 democratic primaries, is part and parcel to this entire impeachment episode. He and his son Hunter’s dealings within the Ukraine are what prompted President Trump into the situation described within the now-infamous whistleblower complaint.
Despite the umbrella of impeachment looming over the democratic party, and the relative safety of being a liberal who dislikes Donald Trump, few democrats are willing to defend Biden, however, demonstrating a possible schism within the party.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren suggested she’d consider barring her vice president’s children from serving on the boards of foreign companies, the very kind of business arrangement Trump has used in unfounded attacks accusing Biden and his son Hunter of corruption.
When asked whether Trump’s attacks reflect on Biden’s “campaign or his character,” California Sen. Kamala Harris said, “I’ll leave that up to the pundits. I don’t have a comment on that.” And Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who in 2016 defended Hillary Clinton against attacks over her use of a private email server as secretary of state, sidestepped a question about whether the Biden controversy makes him a weaker candidate.
And they weren’t the only ones.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, on CNN rejected questions about Biden, calling that “whataboutism” that allows Republicans to avoid scrutiny on “an extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, breach of the oath of office by the American president.”
Biden has recently been culled from the top spot in 2020 polling, replaced by surging Senator Liz Warren.
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