Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked fellow 2020 contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Nov. 5, accusing her of being condescending and having a “my way or the highway attitude” on policy proposals.
Biden, 76, and Warren, 70, are the top two Democratic presidential contenders.
“Some call it the my way or the highway approach to politics,” Biden wrote in a post online.
“But its worse than that. Its condescending to the millions of Democrats who have a different view. Its representative of an elitism that working and middle-class people do not share: We know best; you know nothing. If you were only as smart as I am you would agree with me. This is no way to get anything done.”
Bidens post was prompted, he said, by one of his opponents accusing him of running in the wrong primary.
Warrens Medicare for All plan, calling for trillions in tax increases and a major shift to the entire healthcare system to fund the projected $52 trillion cost, prompted a storm of criticism, including from rivals like Biden.
Reacting to Bidens criticism of the plan, Warren said last week: “Democrats are not going to win by repeating Republican talking points. So, if Biden doesnt like that, Im just not sure where hes going.”
Biden, Warren claimed, might be “running in the wrong presidential primary.”
Such attacks “reflect an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics. If someone doesnt agree with you—its not just that you disagree—that person must be a coward or corrupt or a small thinker,” Biden wrote.
At a closed-door fundraiser later Tuesday, Biden said opponents are running on a platform of “you agree with me or you have no courage.”
Democrats can be “extremely progressive but not be socialist,” he said, alluding to former President Barack Obama as saying “its like forming a circular firing squad what were doing.”
Obama said earlier this year that Democrats have formed “whats called a circular firing squad, where you start shooting at your allies because one of them is straying from purity on the issues.”
One of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost to President Donald Trump—and Republicans held majorities in the Senate and House—Biden said, was not talking to the Democratic base.
In a jab at Warren, Biden said: “On one level, its kind of funny. Ive been a Democrat my whole life. This person has only fairly recently in the mid-90s become a DemocratRead More – Source