It’s no secret that Joe Biden is desperate to win Arizona. The Biden campaign recently launched a new advertising campaign in the state, touting his long history of fighting for the African-American community—or so he claims.
It’s also no secret that winning Arizona is an uphill battle for any Democrat, especially one with a deeply flawed record on race-related issues. Lest we forget: Biden endorsed segregationists in the 1970s, arguing that desegregation would lead his children to grow up in a “racial jungle.” He also supported the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which accelerated the mass incarceration of inner-city youths—or, as Biden calls them, “predators on our streets.”
Not surprisingly, Biden currently trails President Trump in Arizona, despite spending millions of dollars in the state and being propped up by the left-leaning mainstream media on a daily basis. (In 2016, Hillary Clinton lost the state resoundingly.) Nor does it help Biden that “Never Trump” Republicans like Arizona’s own Jeff Flake continue to endorse him, since the state’s traditional conservatives can tell the difference between actual Republicans and those in name only.
The list goes on. This is the same Joe Biden who has shown signs of mental decline, even referring to Arizona as “an important city.”
But Biden’s greatest weakness is his willingness to align himself with the radical Left. The Democratic candidate is reluctant to denounce the rioting and looting sweeping across America. This rioting and looting is masqueraded as “peaceful protests,” but is really nothing more than chaos and destruction. In Arizona, the so-called “New Age Liberation Movement Party” regularly “protests” outside the Phoenix Police Department Headquarters, undermining the efforts of law enforcement and destabilizing the downtown area. Yet liberal Democrats like Biden refuse to make any stand for law and order, choosing instead to appease left-wing radicals whom they perceive as potential base voters in 2020.
Over the course of four days and countless speeches at the Democratic National Convention, not a single word was spoken in opposition to the riots and looting that have impacted Arizona and other parts of the country. Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), has even promoted a bail fund for violent protestors. Only recently, as he struggles with suburban voters, did Biden condemn the violence.
Why would Arizonans, who are proud of their country, support a candidate in bed with the liberal mob?
Americans used to agree, in good faith, that peaceful protests are a necessary component of democracy, but rioting and looting are out of bounds. Today, we have lost that consensus because Biden Democrats refuse to call a spade a spade. It is simply unacceptable.
Biden’s leftward lurch is only amplified by President Trump’s traditional conservatism. In 2016, the Trump campaign focused on the evils of illegal immigration, promising Arizonans that a Trump administration would secure the border on behalf of American citizens. And President Trump has delivered: Since Inauguration Day, the federal government has constructed 300 miles of border wall, protecting Arizonans from the scourge of illegal drug trafficking and the violence that stems from it. Under the Trump administration, illegal border crossings have predictably plummeted.
Promise, kept. As the 2020 election nears, Biden is proving to be as liberal as any Democrat, while President Trump continues to govern the way that Arizonans hoped he would four years ago. That is the difference between victory and failure.
At a time when civil unrest dominates our discourse, there is only one man who can rein it all in: President Trump. He is the only person who can give us back the America we know and love.
Ted Harvey serves as chairman of the Committee to Defend the President, a leading pro-Trump super PAC.