Joe Biden Knows Why Dems Lost 2016 Election: 'Dems Ignored Middle Class'

Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the presidential election was partly due to her inability to connect with workers and middle-class voters, according to Joe Biden.

The Hill reported that the former vice president, during a Thursday speech at the University of Pennsylvania, accused his fellow Democrats of ignoring their base. “What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for -- and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,” he said.

Biden continued: “You didn’t hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in restaurant; and they are making $90,000 and they have two kids and they can’t make it and they are scared, they are frightened.”

CNN noted that while Clinton made multiple appearances before working-class crowds in Pennsylvania and other states, she spent most of her time ridiculing Donald Trump. The Republican nominee surprised political pundits by becoming the first GOP candidate in decades to receive the majority of white workers’ votes.

When asked to give Trump some advice, Biden repeated his previous remark that the president should “grow up.” He said that while it is “presumptuous of me to advise the president, I would literally stop tweeting and start focusing.”

“The words of a president matter,” Biden explained. “They have enormous, enormous, enormous, reverberating sounds around the world. Every time a U.S. president speaks and says something, leaders and people around the world try to dissect what he means because it matters so much to their security, threats they face, whatever it is.”

The ex-vice president was at the college in Philadelphia to promote the newly established Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. He also heads a national anti-cancer initiative, and recently created the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. Biden was a longtime U.S. senator from Delaware.

Source: The Hill
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