Biden rejects Trump’s ‘clenched fist’ in appeal for Democratic and US unity

Former vice-president launches campaign in Pennsylvania, saying: I am running to offer our country a different path Formally launching his third presidential campaign, Joe Biden appealed for party and national unity while accusing Donald Trump of leading America with a clenched fist, a closed hand and a hard heart. Biden appeared at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon, two days ahead of a Trump rally elsewhere in Pennsylvania, one of the states in which blue-collar swing voters delivered the White House to the Republican in 2016. Introduced by his wife, Jill Biden, the former vice-president called on Democrats to eschew the politics of division and to fight for, defend and earn democracy. I know there are times when only …

Don’t be fooled: Joe Biden is no friend of unions | Gabriel Winant

The former vice-president is dressing up his candidacy in a blue-collar costume. But hes never taken a political risk for workers In San Francisco theres a high-end boutique called Unionmade. There you will find expensive work jackets and overalls, lit by bare bulbs and displayed on unvarnished metal shelves. The aesthetic could not convey its message any more clearly: buy these clothes, and access a bygone era of authenticity and American craftsmanship. But its a lie the clothes on offer are largely not union-made. The unfortunate reality is that there are not many unions left in the garment industry and so the name was cultivated as a signifier of well-made and aesthetically timeless goods, explains a spokesperson. As the industrial …

‘I am a gaffe machine’: a history of Joe Biden’s biggest blunders

As the former vice-president enters a crowded 2020 field, will his well-documented past of confusing and embarrassing moments work against him? After months of speculation and hinting, Joe Biden but polls in recent weeks have consistently shown him leading the pack, perhaps because of his experience and lengthy record in office. But unlike some of his much younger opponents, its his decades in the public eye, and in particular his well-documented history of confusing or downright embarrassing gaffes and misstatements, that may end up working against him. He even made a gaffe about his intentions to run for the White House. Just last month he seemed to put his hands on his wife Stephanies shoulders, rubbing them and appearing to …