‘I’m gonna make an analogy, it’s gonna get me in trouble’
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s* recent announcement that her department will revise Title IX enforcement practices led one angry former vice president to compare her to white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
The architect of the Obama administration’s Title IX policy, Joe Biden told rape-culture activists on a conference call last week that supporters of DeVos’s planned review of Obama’s sexual-misconduct guidance were “cultural neanderthals.”
He went so far as to compare them to participants in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last month, which left one counterprotester dead.
The former vice president and 36-year U.S. senator acknowledged the severity of his analogy, stating that it was “gonna get me in trouble.”
“Guys, we have the power on our side. We have the people on our side,” he said 17 minutes into his 19-minute address
We cannot let the kind of things – I’m gonna make an analogy, it’s gonna get me in trouble – we cannot let the kind of talk that occurred down at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville with those Nazis marching [sic]. When we’re silent, we give a rationale, an excuse to people who are the very people we’ve been fighting all along.
Biden was audibly agitated and angry through most of his address on the 50-minute call, a recording of which was made available to The College Fix. He even apologized at various points for his tone, as well as for taking so much time on the call.
Much of Biden’s remarks was disjointed and awkwardly worded, and he moved from topic to topic quickly and repeated himself in different words at several points.
“As long as I have breath in me,” Biden told Know Your IX and End Rape on Campus among other activist groups, “I am going to continue to fight to change the culture … there’s nothing less that has to be done.”
He made clear his fight will include continued appearances on college campuses to urge administrators to believe all sexual-misconduct allegations and give preferential treatment to accusers.