About That Whole 'Joe Biden Is a Decent Guy' Myth...

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fairly easy
Keepin' it real.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks during a candidates forum at the 110th NAACP National Convention, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Ever since former Joe Biden Senate staffer Tara Reade alleged in March that he sexually assaulted her in 1993, there has been a steady stream of the "decent guy" talking point coming from his supporters and some in the media, as though Biden allegedly being a "decent guy" is "evidence" that he would never force his attentions on an unwilling woman.

And as we draw ever closer to Election Day, the "decent guy" argument is being amplified by those who find President Trump's aggressive approach to combating thinly sourced negative news stories about him unbefitting of a POTUS – because apparently Republicans are just supposed to sit back and take it when the media and Democrats (but I repeat myself) engage in smear tactics against their political opposition.

Here are just a few examples of the "decent guy" talking point in action in recent days:

Watching a special on @JoeBiden on @CNN and it's so moving. I just can't wait for him to be our President. A man who has this decency, this empathy, this humanity. I'm counting the days… I can't wait. — Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) October 18, 2020

At some basic level, it's pretty simple: Biden is just a decent guy. It's not much, but it's also a lot. I want my…
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