2020 hopeful Joe Biden made it official on Thursday.
He kicked off his campaign in a controversial manner, by praising the leftist terror group Antifa.
Joe Biden praising antifa in his campaign announcement video is an unexpected twist
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) April 25, 2019
His long-awaited answer to the biggest political question in the country the past few months ended on Thursday, making him one of 20 Democrats vying to become the party’s 2020 presidential nominee.
“The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made America America is at stake,” he said in a video posted to Facebook and Twitter on Thursday morning. “That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States.”
The announcement from the 76-year-old former vice president comes three years after he declined to seek the country’s highest political office — a time in which he and his family were grieving the death of his oldest son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.
In his announcement, Biden went after President Donald Trump and the statements he made after violent clashes between activists and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
Sad! @JoeBiden commences his presidential run with a scurrilous, totally disproven lie. Pres Trump did NOT call neo-Nazis or other racists “fine people.” In fact, he explicitly condemned them, here’s the proof & transcript:https://t.co/LNFIrCVu6p https://t.co/hxmJd7LoRN
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) April 25, 2019
Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Antifa in a video announcing his presidential bid Thursday, characterizing the group as “courageous” and saying it’s wrong to draw a moral equivalence between white nationalist groups and those opposing them.
In a retelling of the events at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Biden describes the white nationalists as having “crazed faces, illuminated by torches, veins bulging and baring the fangs of racism,” but describes the Antifa members who engaged violently with them as “a courageous group of Americans.”
“A violent clash ensued, and a brave young woman lost her life,” Biden says in the video. “And that’s when we heard the words of the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation.”
“He said there were quote some very fine people on both sides. Very fine people on both sides? With those words, the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.”
People on both sides of the clash engaged in brutal violence that night. The young woman Biden refers to was Heather Heyer, who was killed when a neo-Nazi plowed into a group of protesters with his car. Antifa members showed up armed with mace, a battering ram and clubs, which they used in order to try to break through a line of white nationalists with riot shields lining the entrance to the rally.
They started fires with Molotov cocktails during a protest of a planned Milo Yiannopoulos event at Berkeley. More recently, Antifa members showed up at Tucker Carlson’s house and hurled threats, while one of them slammed into his front door.
The Daily Caller News Foundation’s reporting led to the arrest of two Antifa leaders who accosted and assaulted two Marines in Philadelphia. The perpetrators attacked the Marines, both Hispanic, while shouting about white nationalism.