In the friendliest, most relaxed, most expansive interview imaginable, with Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart, Biden tried to brush off the uncomfortable issue of the Obama administration’s deportations of illegal aliens, not by saying he rejected it, but by trying to change the topic.
Here’s the Mediaite transcript:
“The Obama-Biden legacy includes more than 3 million people deported in years that you were in power, and some of the structures that were created during — they have really been the ones that President Trump built upon to have his zero tolerance, family separation policy,” Díaz-Balart noted. “Should you be apologizing for anything?”
“I think what we should be doing is acknowledging that comparing what President Obama did and what Trump did — it’s night and day,” Biden responded.
Díaz-Balart pressed him, saying “the numbers are there.”
“No, no, no, no … that was what the law was at the time,” Biden said, shifting blame to Republicans and noting that Obama enacted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and stressed he would pass it into law and not just make it an executive action.
“Do you have anything to apologize for,” Díaz-Balart asked again. “Did you speak up for the immigrant community in those eight years?”
Yes I did speak up for the immigrant community, but I’m not going to get into anything I had difference with the president on,” Biden said, though again defended deportations as “the law at the time.”
Deportations are a big deal for this crowd, the Latino left, which hardly encompasses the entire Latino voting bloc. But for Joe, he wants at least the leftist part of that bloc. You’d think that for a voting bloc that big and coveted by Democrats, he would have his answer down pat, either through saying he disagreed with the Obama decision to deport or else defending the Obama record. Instead, he tried to change the topic to DACA and pretty much said he was only following Obama orders on the deportations, giving the Telemundo leftie interviewer no answer at all. read more