Ronald Reagan was not impressed with Joe Biden.
In fact, writing in his diary in his usual abbreviated style on June 15, 1987, Reagan described Biden this way:
He’s smooth but pure demagog [sic]– out to save Am. [America] from Reagan Doctrine…
As America settles in tonight to watch now-Vice President Biden face off in debate with Congressman Paul Ryan, whom no one has ever accused of being either a “smooth but pure demagogue” much less part of “a lynch mob,” it’s worth a look at exactly why the nation’s 40th president saw Biden this way — and how Reagan’s assessment is reflected in the conduct of today’s Obama-Biden administration…
To be a demagogue, of course, is to exhibit a personality trait not a policy. To appeal to prejudice… And he has three policy favorites in which his addiction to demagoguery most frequently surface: foreign policy, race, and economics….
Yesterday, Reagan biographer Paul Kengor shared a story about then-Senator Biden’s treatment of William Clark, Reagan’s appointee in 1981 as Deputy Secretary of State. The story is a classic of Biden demagoguery for which Reagan had such disdain. And there’s more to the story….
In other words, … Joe Biden has never changed…
Joe Biden, Ronald Reagan concluded, was nothing more — or less — than a “smooth but pure demagogue.”
The Gipper called it as he saw it.
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