Speaking at the annual Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday, former Vice President Joe Biden said that the state of his country was an “embarrassment” due to President Trump.
Biden took it upon himself to speak for the American people broadly in objection to President Trump’s immigration polices- ironically, in reference to child separation policies that existed under the Obama administration for which he was Vice President.
“The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border… The American people understand plainly that this makes us an embarrassment.”
The potential 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate went to describe what he perceived as a “lack of leadership on the other side of the Atlantic.”
Traditionally, prominent American politicians speaking at international events such as the Munich Security Conference have precluded domestic politics. But that didn’t stop Biden from giving a sharply political speech in which he denounced the American President to the crowd.
The Munich Security Conference is known for attracting an elitist crowd of establishment liberals, neoconservatives, and wealthy oligarchs, and a major speaker at this year’s conference was outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who denounced President Trump’s America First trade policies.
Former Arizona Senator and staunch pro-war advocate John McCain had been a regular patron of the event.
The event is structured for political elites across the west to congratulate themselves and denounce rising populist nationalist movements for usurping what they see as their right to govern. Yet, self-satisfied elites such as Biden generally approach the event with the false assumption the individuals present are broadly representative of the general public of their respective nations.
Many would be just as embarrassed as Biden to see the former Vice President of the United States speak disparagingly about his own country at an international event, if they considered the annual globalist gathering worthy of any consideration.
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