Biden Calls for a ‘Physical Revolution’ Against Republicans
2020 Democrat suggests the use of violence against GOP
Democratic 2020 candidate Joe Biden appeared to incite the use of violence against Republicans when asked how he will deal with his rivals on Monday.
The comments seemed to take a shot at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of his main rivals for the nomination who talks about leading a political "revolution."
Former Vice President Biden seemingly suggested using violence in response to a question about how he would deal with opposition to his agenda in the Senate from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell if he was elected president.
Biden, currently the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, made the remarks at the Moral Action Congress of the Poor People's Campaign in Washington, D.C.
MSNBC's Joy Reid asked Biden: "How would you get past either a majority Republican Senate in which Mitch McConnell was determined to kill all of these ideas or even a Mitch McConnell in the minority who repeated the consistent filibustering when you were vice president and anything that came from the Obama-Biden administration Mitch McConnell considered dead on arrival?"
"Joy, I know you're one of the ones who thinks it's naive to think we have to work together," Biden responded.
"The fact of the matter is if we can't get a consensus, nothing happens except the abuse of power by the executive."
"There are certain things where it just takes a brass knuckle fight," Biden continued, later adding: "Let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it."
Biden was one of 10 Democratic presidential candidates scheduled to appear at the Poor People's Campaign's presidential forum, where he took questions about how he would accomplish his legislative goals.
Even if Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) loses his position as majority leader in 2020, Biden as president would still likely face Republicans capable of filibustering ambitious liberal legislation in the Senate.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says that the way he would deal with Senate Republicans who oppose his agenda is with a “brass knuckle fight,” later adds: “Let’s start a real physical revolution if you’re talking about it” pic.twitter.com/GQPmDGxJpo— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 18, 2019
Biden also claimed Monday that former President Barack Obama had "no time to explain the Affordable Care Act" because of the volume of problems he encountered during his presidency.
Biden said the legislative compromise was important but it also was important to beat Republicans at the ballot box if they wouldn't go along with Democratic ideas.
"Remember with the Affordable Care Act, because everything landed on President Obama's desk but locusts at the time, he had no time to explain the Affordable Care Act," Biden added.
According to Biden, people came around on Obamacare when it seemed like health care and coverage for pre-existing conditions were going to be "taken away" after Republicans won in 2016.