Biden continually alienates large swathes of the population in his efforts to score points on Donald Trump, placing Democrat lawmakers in a difficult position.
Case in point, Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) was forced to publicly stab Biden in the back after he pledged to “transition from the oil industry” during Thursday’s presidential debate.
Small represents a swing district in the third-largest oil-producing state in the union and is facing an uphill battle toward re-election as the Democrat party’s “green” agenda doesn’t win lawmakers any favors in these hard-fought districts.
Biden shocked many of his blue-collar supporters by declaring in the final presidential debate his support for ending the oil industry:
Trump: Would you close down the oil industry?
Biden: I would transition from the oil industry, yes.
Trump: Oh, that’s a big statement.
Biden: It is a big statement.
Moderator Kristen Welker: Why would you do that?
Biden: Because the oil industry pollutes. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time. And I’d stop giving federal subsidies to the oil industry. He won’t give federal subsidies to solar and wind. Why are we giving it to the oil industry?
Small hurriedly issued a statement on Twitter criticizing Biden’s position on the matter, pointing out that “demonizing” the oil industry isn’t a good solution to the purported climate issue.
“I disagree with VP Biden’s statement tonight,” Small wrote on Twitter. “Energy is part of the backbone of New Mexico’s economy. We need to work together to promote responsible energy production and stop climate change, not demonize a single industry.”
“I will continue to stand up to my party when they’re out of touch with the reality on the ground in #NM02,” she assured her constituents.
Biden has come under fire multiple times over the last several months for his position on energy production in the US, at times claiming he will ban the controversial oil extraction practice of fracking — a massive industry with huge economic implications — and at other times claiming that he would never consider the notion of banning the practice.
Biden’s refusal to commit to an energy position has much of blue-collar America on edge, however, a fact that the Trump campaign hasn’t hesitated to highlight.