UK centrists have tried to claim Joe Biden’s snail’s-pace election victory over Donald Trump is a vindication for their politics – in spite of the obvious truths that Biden’s success in previously-Republican states was driven by Bernie Sanders telling his supporters to back Biden to get rid of Trump despite the Democrats repeated manoeuvres to bar Sanders from the candidacy, and probably even more, by the Black Lives Matter movement’s voter registration drive and ‘get out the vote’ efforts.
But Biden himself punctured the UK centrists’ bubble in four words when the BBC tried to get a quick word from him, in a clip shown as part of a ‘supercut’ of moments from his presidential campaign:
For centrists, who love the status quo more than anything, dread real change and pine for things to stay as near as possible to the same with the EU, Biden’s ‘The BBC? I’m Irish’ refusal shows that he is not entirely aligned with their hopes – and is likely to be unhelpful to the UK’s attempts to get a workable trade deal with the EU.
Biden had already made it clear that any impact on the Good Friday Agreement is unacceptable to him, driven at least in part by his pride in his Irish ancestry – and it was clear from his comment to the BBC that those issues were not too far from his mind even on the day he was declared the winner of the election.
Centrists are highly unlikely to admit this, of course. Their propaganda war is too important to them for inconvenient truths to be allowed to intrude.
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