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Joe Biden Admits: Hillary Lost Because She Failed to Reach Out to the White Working Class

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden says he understood back in October that Hillary Clinton could very well lose the presidential election — which she eventually did, of course:

In a wide-ranging interview with the Los Angeles Times, Biden said he noticed issues with Hillary Clinton’s campaign early in the election. And when Trump seemed to strike a chord with voters a rally near his childhood home in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in October, he became unsettled.

“Son of a gun. We may lose this election,” Biden said.

Next, he explains why Hillary and Democrats in general performed so badly in November:

“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,” he added.

The problem is, of course, that Democrats don’t actually understand the white working class at all. In the past, however, they had nominees who could, at the very least, keep up appearances. Biden is, perhaps, the best example of such a Democrat: he appeals to white working class voters, while the policies he favors are largely responsible for their economic and political problems.

In any case, Biden is of course right when he admits that Hillary (and Democrats in general) failed to appeal to the working class in November. What he doesn’t seem to get, however, is that this is because of Hillary herself. Hillary doesn’t understand white working class voters; she doesn’t get their concerns or even their way of life. She didn’t connect with them because she can’t. Even if she would’ve talked about the issues Biden wanted (economic issues, mostly), it would still have fallen on deaf ears with the voters they wanted to reach.

Democrats have a lot of catching up to do. Biden is right about that. But they should not forget that Hillary was simply a historically bad candidate. They could’ve handed her all the pro-white working class talking points in the world, and it still wouldn’t have made a difference. That’s how incredibly bad she was — and continues to be.

It never ceases to amaze me that Democrats are still not willing to say the above out loud. They all know that Hillary mainly lost because of… Hillary, but they’re apparently still so frightened of her that they only say so behind closed doors when they can be sure nobody else is listening.