Vice President Joe Biden slammed his own party in an interview with The Los Angeles Times, blaming Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign loss on Democrats’ own arrogance and defending Trump supporters from accusations they’re racist.
Biden tells the Times he knew Clinton would lose in October, when he watched a Trump rally and saw how closely voters connected with the Republican nominee’s views and personality.
“Son of a gun. We may lose this election,” Biden recalled.
He then slammed his own party, telling the Times that not only are Republicans not racist, Democrats lost because they arrogantly refused to speak to middle America.
“They’re all the people I grew up with. They’re their kids. And they’re not racist. They’re not sexist. But we didn’t talk to them,” Biden said about Trump voters.
Biden continued to shred his own party, saying Democrats are out of touch because “a bit of elitism that’s crept in.”
“I believe that we were not letting an awful lot of people — high school-educated, mostly Caucasian, but also people of color — know that we understood their problems,” said Biden.
He pinned Clinton’s loss on one major problem: She didn’t seem to care.
“My dad used to have an expression. He said, ‘I don’t expect the government to solve my problems. But I expect them to understand it,” Biden said.
Biden said when watching Clinton speak “you didn’t hear a word about that husband and wife working, making 100,000 bucks a year, two kids, struggling and scared to death. They used to be our constituency.”
As for Trump, Biden tells the Times “I don’t think he understands working-class or middle-class people” but “he at least acknowledged the pain.”
Biden also slammed Bernie Sanders and his supporters, calling them unrealistic for blaming America’s problems on “the rich.”
“But I don’t think 500 billionaires caused all our problems,” said Biden.