Only a guy named Joe Biden could talk about “punching it” and domestic violence in the same breath, and that’s exactly what he did. It doesn’t matter if you are young or elderly, and it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, domestic violence is more than an act of violence, it is abuse.
It also doesn’t require a great deal of common-sense to realize that the victims of domestic violence and those affected by it should be given some level of compassion. At the very least, there should be some level of sensitivity given to the topic, especially when addressing people whose lives have been impacted by the crime of abuse. Apparently, Presidential candidate Joe Biden missed the memo.
One report covering the story started by saying, “Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s choice of words in discussing the problem of domestic violence couldn’t have been worse if he tried.” Well, this is Joe Biden so maybe they could have been worse, but this was bad.
During a recent Democratic debate, the panel posed a question to one of the presumptive front-runners to win the Democratic nomination. That question asked Biden about what he would do and how he would support the #metoo movement, and it was Biden’s response that made us all sit up and take notice.
His answer started simply enough and in a very Joe Bidenesque manner by promoting himself and in particular his work in the Violence Against Women Act. Nothing out of the ordinary there, and he followed that by saying, “no man has a right to raise a hand to a woman in anger other than in self-defense, and that rarely ever occurs.” A little self-promo, and a rather patented answer, and still nothing newsworthy or interesting.
If Joe had just shut up there, this wouldn’t be a story but Joe Biden likes words and he likes to talk, which could ultimately be his undoing as he’s proven on more than one occasion. So, he continued and went on to discuss the need for a change in the culture and how domestic violence is viewed.
To that end, Biden then said as President that he would work hard to make sure that those changes happened. Only, he didn’t say it quite that way. According to our story, Biden said it this way as he promised to “keep punching at it and punching it and punching at it.” Yes, those were his choice of words.
The initial response, as some might expect, was some chuckles and laughter scattered across the audience. For a fleeting moment, this was almost a humorous pun, a joke. Domestic violence, however, is far too grave a topic for jokes, and there is nothing funny about it. Following those chuckles and the muffled laughter from the audience, Biden then reinforced his statement saying, “no, I really mean it.” No, Joe didn’t get it, at least not in those passing moments. Perhaps later he had a chance to reflect and realize how callous and insensitive his choice of words was, but don’t count on it.
We all understand Biden’s desire to want to appear tough on domestic violence, but what came across most clearly wasn’t the image of Joe Biden being a champion of the cause. What we saw was a man who will say and do things to look good and to look the part, without much thought for anything or anyone else. In this case, there was an obvious lack of concern and consideration for those who have personally known the horror of domestic violence.
The story also noted that nobody on the panel questioned Biden about the multiple accusations of his inappropriate behavior and touching. Curious, right? No matter, Joe Biden didn’t need any more help this night to make himself look thoughtless, insensitive, and less than smart. His comments also sparked a considerable amount of talk around social media platforms, and unfortunately for Biden, his comments might have been the biggest news of the night.
Now, just imagine all the other inappropriate comments we get to look forward to this coming election year. Who else is excited to hear what Biden has to say about equality, immigration, or any of the questions about sexual orientation facing the Nation?
Biden’s comments could have been funny if the question hadn’t been about such a serious issue. Instead, like his lack of awareness and sensitivity, it just ended up being sad.