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So Joe Biden’s Latest Social Media Video is a Joke.

And of course, ridiculously out of touch.

Lauren Martinchek
Aug 7 · 3 min read
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Given how everything has spiraled out of control these past five months here in the United States, the fact that we have an election on top of it in just a matter of months only ads to the whirlwind.

It’s no secret that from the very beginning, I haven’t exactly been particularly excited by the Joe Biden campaign, and the thought of him as the man the country has chosen to turn to as a viable alternative to Donald Trump only fuels my intensifying cynicism for the direction that the United States is heading. On the rare occasions that his team actually trusts him in front of a camera, the presumptive democratic nominee never ceases to disappoint with his ability to — for lack of a better term — keep his foot out of his mouth. While there have been a number of recent examples, one social media posting in particular has stood out to me given the current circumstances under which it was posted.

At a time when tens of millions of people are unemployed, an estimated 42% of jobs lost are unexpected to return, expanded unemployment benefits and eviction moratoriums just expired, children are being forced back in to classrooms, and over 150,000 people are dead, Joe Biden decided to show off his car.

In a minute and a half long video paid for by his campaign tweeted out on August 5th captioned: “There’s been a lot of talk about my vetting process lately. Here’s an inside look”, Joe Biden can be seen flashing smiles, grinning from ear to ear as he revs his classic corvette’s engine. Eyes behind sunglasses with the car in park, still smiling, he says:

“I didn’t get a chance to flat-shift in to second I was afraid I’d go through those guys”.

Meanwhile, a school teacher in Arizona was just fined two thousand dollars for quitting due to his concerns about in-person schooling in light of the pandemic.

For months, it has been readily apparent that the overwhelming majority of politicians, lawmakers, and pundits alike haven’t got any idea just how much rage, desperation, and despair is continuing to fester all across the country, and I can’t think of a better case in point example than this otherwise pointless, meaningless video. At a time when people are on the verge of losing everything if they haven’t already, we need authentic, bold leadership that’s equipped to do what’s necessary to meet this moment now more than ever, and we’re getting a rich man’s classic car commercial instead.

I’m sure — obviously — that there was no harm intended. I’m sure it was meant to be nothing more than a lighthearted, innocent joke, and whichever staffer was told to post it probably never expected the amount of blowback that video generated. But isn’t that the problem? Shouldn’t it make all of us at the very least take a moment to stop, and reflect about what this reveals about the state of our country when the man we’re expected to vote for and turn to as our leader in a matter of months is this grossly out of touch?

As I’ve mentioned before, I have multiple coworkers in their 70s working housekeeping in a nursing home in the middle of a pandemic because they cannot afford to retire. I’m not in the mood for jokes.

I’m not in the mood for what they undoubtedly thought would be a cute, slick little tease about his upcoming VP pick reveal, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. It shouldn’t be a radical idea to expect and demand that a man with such a monumental task on his shoulders should do better, and actually act as though he’s running to win and cares about what’s happening to the people of this country. Maybe it’s just me, but parading your classic corvette while we’re on the precipice of a humanitarian crisis the likes we’ve never seen before might not be the best idea, and Joe Biden deserves every bit of criticism he gets from voters for doing so.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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