Now correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the whole point of campaigning was to convince potential voters to support you. It seems that former Vice President Joe Biden somehow missed that. Or perhaps the stress of the campaign trail and being only days away from the first primary election has gotten to him. Either way, Biden just showed the world exactly what you are not supposed to do to get voters on your side.
On Tuesday, he got so upset with one Iowan voter that he actually poked and pushed him in the chest and then told him to “go vote for someone else.”
The man, Ed Fallon, a longtime Democrat and climate change supporter who also used to be a state representative in Iowa, spoke to Biden at an event on Tuesday. He started out by telling the former VP that he would support him if he won the nomination, declaring that “we have to beat Trump.” But then he asked Joe about his thoughts on climate change and what he was going to do about it.
Fallon asked, “But what are we going to do about climate change? You say you’re against pipelines, but then you want to replace these gas lines. That’s not going to work.”
Fallon currently works with a climate activist group known as Bold Iowa that is fighting to get rid of pipelines and gas lines across the state. In 2018, the group walked almost 100 miles across the state to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
But instead of talking the topic out with Fallon or thanking for his support, even if they had different ideas on how to handle some things, Biden became angry and snapped at the man.
Biden put his hand on Fallon’s chest and told him in a not so pleasant voice, “Go vote for someone else.” Then he pointed at Fallon’s chest with a finger and said, “You’re not going to vote for me in the primary.”
Well, he certainly won’t now.
Fallon did tell Biden that he is going to vote for him in the general election if he wins.
But that didn’t make Biden any happier. He then grabbed Fallon’s jacket with both hands, got in his face and lectured him, saying, “Look, you ask for a picture with me, you’re coming up to tell me that you don’t support me. I’m looking for a primary, in a caucus, that’s what I’m looking for, OK? Now, you believe that Bernie could do something by 2030?”
Fallon responded by correcting Biden’s assumption that he would vote for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and said, “I’m actually supporting Tom Steyer.”
Biden seemed to lessen up then and stated, “Well, that’s good. You’ve got the right guy.”
If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that Biden doesn’t actually want to win. I mean, why else would you yell at someone and tell them to vote elsewhere and be happy when they let you know they will?
But Biden does have a point, for a man like Fallon, who loves the idea of climate change activism, Tom Steyer certainly seems to be a good choice. Steyer, a billionaire former hedge fund manager, has made climate change proposals the foundation of his policy platform. And he agrees with his supporter, saying that immediate action is needed on climate change.
He reiterated this on Tuesday when he took to Twitter to criticize Biden’s treatment of this voter.
Steyer wrote, “This is no way to treat an Iowan. He said he’d vote for the Dem in the general b/c he knows how important it is to beat Trump. We need immediate action on climate. If you don’t agree, happy to talk @ debate.” And he added, “But don’t take it out on voters we need to win in Nov.”
And Steyer most certainly has a point. First of all, nothing this man said or did deserved this kind of aggressive and hateful reaction. And even if he had, is this how anyone trying to take leadership should act in response, command of a powerful nation no less? I think not.
If the Dems hope to win the White House in November, they know they need all the help and voters they can get. Taking out their frustrations on those people will not help but only hinder their cause. And it looks like Joe Biden could have just lost it all.