A big-money donor has declined to continue funding Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential run after the candidate came under fire for previously aligning himself with Democrat segregationists.
On June 20th, just days before Biden would participate in the first Presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle, San Francisco-based lawyer Tom McInerney informed the former VP’s team that he would not “help him raise campaign cash to compete in the 2020 presidential election.” He went even further by critiquing Biden’s debate performance, saying “I don’t think he did that well.”
McInerney, who helped President Obama raise at least $200,000 in the 2012 election cycle, is the first fundraiser to pull the plug on Biden. This action could lead to other financiers jumping ship if they decide that the candidate is receiving enough negative press.
It was this very subject that led to a contentious exchange between Biden and fellow Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who used her race to score points in the very first debate. The pair argued over Biden’s stance on “busing in America,” which Harris said directly affected her during her youth.
“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day, and that little girl was me,” Harris declared. “I will tell you that on this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats. We have to take it seriously. We have to act swiftly.”
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This moment opened the door for other candidates to rag on Biden’s tenuous relationship with race, encouraging Cory Booker to address the Obama VP’s “kid in a hoodie” comment which is seen by many as insensitive.
“This isn’t about a hoodie,” Booker tweeted. “It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place. Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way.”
This isn’t about a hoodie. It’s about a culture that sees a problem with a kid wearing a hoodie in the first place. Our nominee needs to have the language to talk about race in a far more constructive way.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 28, 2019
It was so bad that one Twitter user suggested Biden “inflicted more pain on his candidacy” in a desperate attempt at debate night damage control.
But if the Democrat dogpile isn’t enough to prompt more big money donors to bail on the Biden campaign, then the ten-point post-debate drop might encourage some second thoughts.
Prior to the debacle, Biden was commanding a strong lead over his fellow candidates, polling at 41.5%. After Harris wiped the floor with him, support dropped to 31.5%, which could cause other Dems to smell the blood in the water. Going into the debate, Biden was leading the historically large field of candidates. Now, it’s anyone’s game.
Kamala, on the other hand, seemed to become somewhat of a hero in the eyes of media liberals, with CNN giving her performance (and specifically her Biden bodyslam) rave reviews. Host Van Jones even went as far as to suggest that she was in prime position to defeat President Trump.
“Kamala Harris had a moment that was two hours long. I mean a star was born tonight,” Jones claimed. “She completely dominated the stage, and most importantly, she would kick Donald Trump’s butt, and she proved it tonight. That was — if you had any doubt that you could nominate a woman that would take Donald Trump to the woodshed, she just took it away from you.”
Whether Biden continues to lose support for his gaffes remains to be seen, but so far things are headed in a negative direction for the candidate.
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