In a recent interview, Joe Biden’s brother, Frank, slammed 2016 Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, admitting that some of his family members supported Donald Trump, and speculated on his brother’s possible 2020 White House bid.
The former Vice President’s brother said some of his relatives “voted for Donald Trump because they felt slighted by Hillary and her campaign,” implying that even his own mother may have been among those family members.
While admonishing Clinton for her “idiotic political calculation” of judging Trump’s supporters as “deplorable,” Biden said the former candidate was “lacking in humility,” while adding that he “absolutely” wants his brother to run for president in 2020.
“I think we’re gonna run,” said Frank, who added that his brother could “surprise” him and decide not to enter the 2020 fray, which has begun to heat up with the start of 2019.
Joe Biden is seen by many Democrats as a viable candidate to oppose President Trump in the upcoming election, and joins the ranks of colleagues such as Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and others.
Recently, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, known for her public feuds with the president, became the first Democrat to announce her intentions to seek the 2020 nomination.
Relatives of former Vice President Joe Biden supported then-candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, the politician’s brother revealed this week.
In an interview with the Palm Beach Post published Monday, Frank Biden, 65, lambasted Clinton’s 2016 White House bid, claiming his older sibling would have won Pennsylvania and campaigned harder in Michigan.
“We never would have lost Pennsylvania, and all my relatives — the Finnegan family — who voted for Donald Trump because they felt slighted by Hillary and her campaign,” Biden, senior adviser at the Berman Law Group, told the Florida newspaper.
His mother, Catherine “Jean” Biden, was a Finnegan.
Candidate Trump won 48.6 percent of the vote in Pennsylvania, winning 20 electoral votes, while Clinton garnered 47.9 percent.
Joe Biden, 76, was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
“We never would have not gone to Michigan as the campaign decided not to do because they felt entitled to the votes of those people. Assumptive politics is losing politics,” he continued. You have to work for every single vote and people have to know individually, collectively and severally that you care about them, that they’re important.”
The younger Biden went on to criticize Clinton’s infamous “deplorables” gaffe targeting Trump’s supporters, calling it the “most idiotic political calculation.”
“[I]n the Catholic Church, they would call that the sin of pride,” Biden noted. “Who in God’s name am I to say that you have a fundamentally wrong moral position? Talk about lacking humility.”
Discussing the 2020 presidential race, Biden said he “absolutely, positively” wants Joe to challenge President Trump, who he predicted would be soundly beaten if his brother runs.
“I think we’re going to run,” Biden predicted. “You can say that ‘Frank thinks his brother’s going to run.’ Now, he could surprise me. But I know the family’s behind him 100 percent.”