Democratic presidential frontrunner makes new pledge to undo Trump’s America first policy
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden vowed in a Tuesday evening victory speech in Philadelphia that he would restore “world order” as president because it’s an “American responsibility.”
On Tuesday, former Vice President Biden defeated rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in key primaries, including Michigan and Missouri.
The victory increases the likelihood of Biden being the Democrats’ nominee as there now seems little way for Sanders to recover.
Delivering his first address as the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, Biden pledged to undo Presdient Donald Trump’s “America first” policies.
He said (emphasis added):
My fellow Americans, we have to once agin lead the world.
Donald Trump’s “America First” policies made America alone.
You know, in the fight against climate change, we have to rally the rest of the world to act, and act now.
Rejoin the Paris Climate Accord on Day One.
Make it clear to our allies that we’ll honor our commitments, that our word can be trusted.
And make clear to our adversaries that we will stand fast in restoring world order.
That’s the American responsibility.
Biden’s philosophy is one rejected by many Americans — including Democrats — who believe that the U.S. should reduce its military commitments abroad and reduce the country’s role in “nation-building” in distant places.
Last year, a Gallup poll showed that 58% of Americans believed “the U.S. rates ‘very’ or ‘somewhat favorably’ in the world’s eyes.”
The figure is the highest rating since 2003, before the Iraq War — which Biden supported — took its toll.
Biden promises to uphold America’s imperial legacy and further its myriad regime change projects: We must “make it clear to our adversaries that we stand fast in restoring world order. That’s the American responsibility.” pic.twitter.com/WJF8qlMSmo
— #NarcoDictators4Biden (@RealAlexRubi) March 11, 2020
Biden’s win in Michigan, in particular, was a body blow to Sanders, who narrowly pulled off an upset in the state four years ago against Hillary Clinton and had fought anew to demonstrate his appeal in the vital Rust Belt state this time around.
The Midwestern battleground state helped send President Trump to the White House.
“There’s no sugar coating this. It’s a tough time for the movement,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), one of Sanders’ most prominent surrogates, said on Instagram.
Pocahontas, working in conjunction with the Democrat Party, totally destroyed the campaign of Bernie Sanders. If she would have quit 3 days earlier, Sanders would have beaten Biden in a route, it wouldn’t even have been close. They also got two other losers to support Sleepy Joe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2020
The Trump campaign, meanwhile, declared the primary race to be essentially moot and pointed to what it has called Biden’s cognitive decline.
“It has never mattered who the Democrat nominee turns out to be, and now that there are only two options left, it is clear that they are two sides of the same coin,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.
“The Democrat candidate for president will be running on a big government socialist agenda regardless of the name on the ballot.
“It is also clear that the Democrat establishment has rallied around the confused Joe Biden in an effort to deny the nomination to Bernie Sanders.
“Either way, President Trump is on an unstoppable drive toward re-election.”
In the Michigan Republican primary, with results incoming, Trump had already received more votes than any “other incumbent president seeking re-election since Ronald Reagan,” the Trump campaign announced.
Although he has rejected notions he could drop out of the race if Tuesday goes badly, Sanders was visiting polling stations in Detroit on Tuesday, scrounging for late-breaking supporters.
He’s said he’s now battling the “Democratic establishment” and scoffed at suggestions that so much of the party’s elite supporting his opponent means Biden is more electable.
“In a general election, which candidate can generate the enthusiasm and the excitement and the voter turnout we need?” Sanders asked.
“If you want to defeat Trump, which all Democrats do and the majority of independents do and some Republicans do, we are that campaign.”