Clueless Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Monday that a majority of Americans “shouldn’t vote” for him, when asked about Americans who feel they are “better off” today under President Donald Trump than they were four years ago under then President Barack Obama.
During a campaign stop in Cincinnati, Ohio, a WKRC Local 12 reporter Kyle Inskeep asked Biden: “Gallup reported last week, 56% of Americans said that they were better off today than they were four years ago, that would have been under the Obama-Biden administration. So why should people who feel that they are better off today, under the Trump administration, vote for you?”
“Well, if they think that, they probably shouldn’t,” Biden responded.
Moments later, Biden accused those Americans of having a bad memory – while forgetting the exact percentage of Americans who felt that way.
Biden incorrectly repeated the percentage in the poll, “They think — 54% of the American people believe they’re better off economically today than they were under our administration? Well, their memory is not very good, quite frankly,” Biden said.
“Gallup, in a survey between Sept. 14-28, found that 56% of registered voters said they were better off than they were four years ago, while just 32 percent said they were worse off,” Fox News reported. “This is in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, which has also led to an economic downturn and a number of pandemic-related restrictions for businesses and schools across the country. But it suggests that voters still have a strong economy that carried through the majority of Trump’s term in mind.”
Prior to the coronavirus lockdowns – which Democrats have prolonged as much as possible – wages were rising and unemployment rates were hitting historic lows.
Polling suggested that Americans were optimistic about the economy at that time. A December 2019 CNN survey revealed that 76% of those polled said that the economy was either “very or somewhat good.”
The promising Gallup poll results come at an excellent time as the economy remains the top issue coming into this election according to polling.
“With the country in the midst of a recession, nearly eight-in-ten registered voters (79%) say the economy will be very important to them in making their decision about who to vote for in the 2020 presidential election – the top issue of 12 included in the survey,” Pew Research Center reported.
“The economy is consistently a top voting issue. In a survey asking a similar, though not identical, list of issues in June 2016, the economy also was the top voting issue.”
Biden continues to lead in the majority of the polls – just as Hillary Clinton did in 2016 before being defeated by President Trump. So while that lead in the polls doesn’t mean too much for the real outcome of the election, Biden telling people not to vote for him certainly might.
And this is not the first time Biden has urged voters to cast their vote elsewhere during his campaign.
In August of 2019, Biden responded to voters’ concerns about his age by declaring, “I say if they’re concerned, don’t vote for me.”
In November of 2019, When Carlos Rojas, an immigration activist, pressed Biden at an event in South Carolina on the issue of deportations during the Obama administration, Biden told Rojas, “you should vote for Trump.”
Again, in January of 2020, Environmental activist Ed Fallon confronted Biden on his climate positions, and Biden responded, “you have to go vote for someone else. You’re not going to vote for me in the primary.”
In May of 2020, Joe Biden said that voters who believed Tara Reade’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her “probably shouldn’t vote for [him]” and should instead “vote their heart,” adding “I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade.”