Biden Stays On His ‘Republicans Are Redeemable’ Thread — And People Are Pissed

Keynote speaker former Vice President Joe Biden pauses during his speech during the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 20th Anniversary Gala at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. The annual event serves as the school’s principal scholarship fundraiser. (AP Photo / Las Vegas Sun, Yasmina Chavez)
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is hellbent on insisting that he can and will extract cooperation and bipartisanship from his Republican peers — and less rosy-eyed observers are getting angry.

At a fundraiser Monday night, he shared his faith in his GOP counterparts.

“With Trump gone you’re going to begin to see things change,” he said per HuffPost. “Because these folks know better. They know this isn’t what they’re supposed to be doing.”

His statement has echoes of what he said last month, when he predicted “an epiphany” among his “Republican friends” when President Donald Trump leaves office.

For some, the refrain is getting old.

A senator from Illinois joked:

Senior writer at Rolling Stone Jamil Smith was not convinced:

Shaun King, a columnist at the Intercept, argued Biden is “out of touch”:

National affairs correspondent at the Nation Joan Walsh reminded Biden of his history with congressional Republicans:

Biden seems unperturbed. He plans to continue the theme in his remarks to be delivered during a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday. 

“He is deliberately and completely ignoring the legitimate authority of the Congress — and he’s doing it with the full complicity of the Republicans in Congress who know better,” he plans to say of Trump in his prepared statement. “I will look to work with the Congress. I will work across the aisle. I will seek to find consensus.”

In a time of turbulence and vicious partisanship, Biden is hoping that branding himself as the aisle-crossing candidate will appeal to those weary from the constant battling.

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