Former Vice President Joe Biden heaped praise on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other freshman congresswomen targeted in racist tweets in recent days by President Donald Trump, calling them “brilliant” and “really smart” in an interview with MSNBC.
But Biden, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, also cautioned that the progressive firebrands represent “the exception rather than the rule” among elected Democrats and lauded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s handling of her caucus.
“AOC is brilliant, and the other three women we’re talking about are really smart, but they are the exception rather than the rule,” Biden continued. “If you listen to the guys and women in your business, they say, ‘That’s the majority of people who got elected.’ We need that kind of energy, but that’s not the majority of Democrats who got elected last time.”
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) July 16, 2019
Joe Biden on President Trump: “I’m not backing down at all from him.”
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 16, 2019