Trump just launched a deeply cynical and disgustingly hypocritical attempt to win black voters

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President Trump took to Twitter this afternoon and continued to publicly berate former Vice-President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden. After his obligatory and obviously half-hearted Memorial Day retweets, the President somehow felt it was appropriate to switch back in to attack mode and brought up the specter of the 1994 crime bill that Joe Biden wrote and championed through Congress.

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Attempting to paint himself stronger on criminal justice than Biden and to weaken Biden’s support among black voters, Trump bragged about the passage of a criminal justice reform bill and contrasted it with Biden’s role in building the enormously racist and abusive modern carceral state that has destroyed communities and ruined the lives of millions for decades.

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The president, of course, has overseen one of the most openly racist administrations in our nation’s history and obviously cares nothing about the well-being of the African-American community, the rule of law, or any conception of “justice” beyond “getting what he wants.”

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But Trump’s tweet puts into sharp focus how Joe Biden’s controversial legislative record represents a serious liability for any possible election victory in 2020.

Having been on the wrong side of almost every major issue over the past 40 years coupled with his refusal to apologize for anything he’s ever said or done — including the way he eagerly helped sell the Bush administration’s lies about Iraqi WMDs to the Democratic Senate — leaves him wide open to attack by an utterly shameless Republican propaganda machine that could care less about how disgusting their hypocrisy is.

Trump used his own money to purchase a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for the execution of the innocent Central Park Five kids and for him to try to appeal to the black community by bringing up Biden’s support for harsh, racially targeted sentencing laws is horrendously disingenuous and cynical.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the nation and the Democratic Party needs to scrutinize not just the 1994 crime bill but all the other ones that Biden wrote, sometimes with the assistance of unabashed segregationists, and decide if that’s what something we want to reward with a shot at the presidency.

It goes without saying, of course, that any Joe Biden presidency would be a million times better than one more day of Trump.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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