Joe Biden’s oratory skills limit his campaign

Joshua Ricefield ’22

Over the past few months, Biden’s campaign speeches and interviews have brought gaffes shared across the internet worldwide. Although these blunders are funny to some, they invoke a different reaction in me, one of confusion and maybe even a little bit of fear. I often find myself asking the question “How can this man be running for President?” 

     Whether it be racially insensitive comments to outright incorrect facts and statements, Joe Biden has persistently tarnished his reputation as a public speaker, arguably the most important trait a politician needs. 

     Biden always seems to contradict his earlier statements with new ones, presenting everyone the question of what he really supports. This was especially prevalent during the first presidential debate where Biden disavowed the Green New Deal after previously declaring that it was the basis for his new climate plan. An important topic that Joe Biden cannot seem to maintain a consistent answer on is the defunding of police, a widely debated topic in today’s political climate. During an interview with Ady Barkan in July, when asked if he agreed with plans to redirect police funding, Biden  responded, “Yes, absolutely.” This came just a month before a July interview with CBS where Biden rejected the idea of defunding the police and proposed even more funds for equipment and hiring, stating “While I do not believe federal dollars should go to police departments violating people’s rights or turning to violence as the first resort, I do not support defunding police.”

     A third topic that has sparked controversy surrounding Biden are his racist comments, especially pertaining to the African American community. One of his most notable quotes surfaced during an interview with Charlamagne of The Breakfast Club where Biden ended the interview stating, “Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” During an interview with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Biden made another extremely insensitive comment.“Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things,” said Biden. In both of these statements, Biden undermines the African-American community of which he holds the support of the majority. 

     Biden’s ability to reverse his stance on serious topics from interview to interview and poor skills as a conveyor of information should scare every American voter concerned about the democracy of this country. 

     If Donald Trump can make Biden change his stance on his policy to combat climate change in the middle of a debate, a congress full of radical leaders will be able to alter the very fabric of the Constitution that is the heart and soul of our country. This is, however, completely disregarding the fact that Biden has, on multiple occasions, misstated facts which resulted in exaggerated numbers that, in theory, could be believed by his supporters. In fact, recent polling from Rasmussen reports has backed up my claims showing that Trump has thirty-six percent of the black vote compared to his mere eight percent during the 2016 election. With calls for racial justice, Biden’s comments are only lowering his numbers as his support wanes from minority and radical left voters of whose policies he has contradicted. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaking on February 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada – Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

     The role of the President is extremely important in that the fate of our country rests in their hands. What scares me about Biden is that many of his insensitive and false statements were but accidents on his part. There is no room for accidents in the Oval Office. In fact, one of his little slip-ups could send the entire country into a panic with the way the media unfairly reports on him. Biden has proven on multiple occasions from his oratory skills that he is not fit for such a role, and by doing so has alienated many of his supporters. As the election nears and Biden continues to lose the support of minority voters, no doubt due to his performance during speeches, his chances of winning the election leave with them. 

If you are a student of age to vote, then I believe it is your duty, as a responsible voter, to properly educate yourself about the presidential candidates.

     If you are a student of age to vote, then I believe it is your duty, as a responsible voter, to properly educate yourself about the presidential candidates. Although Trump’s actions as president are heavily demeaned by the press, I urge you to reconsider a quick choice to vote. Joe Biden is not fighting for racial justice in this country: he only adds to it by creating racial stereotypes especially for African Americans in his speeches. 

     No, voting for Trump does not necessitate you to question your racial identity but who knows what a vote for Biden warrants, I certainly do not. Biden’s position changes every day.