Former Vice President Joe Biden made a strange and alarming claim during the third Democratic debates on Thursday evening, where he said that no one should be imprisoned for committing non-violent crimes.
Biden’s remark likely intended to say non-violent drug crimes but that is not what he said.
So, his campaign would either have to admit to the error or back the candidate for what he told voters on national television.
They did neither over Twitter, simply commenting that Biden would reduce the number of people currently imprisoned.
We are tearing communities apart through mass incarceration. That's why the Biden administration would reform the criminal justice system by:
✅ Reducing our prison population
✅ Eliminating racial disparities
✅ Making our communities safer
Learn more: https://t.co/EjZUQBE2zW
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 13, 2019
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So tax evasion? Robbery? Lying under oath? Embezzlement? Voter Fraud?
Here’s how some people are responding on Twitter:
Bernie Madoff agrees
— John (@Johnnyboy0212) September 13, 2019
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Dealing fentanyl is non violent. So is robbery.
— Canuck Kimi🍁🍁🍁 (@LynM86886703) September 13, 2019
Guess we have to let Paul Manafort out of jail then
— Chad Corley (@lrbt) September 13, 2019
so Edward Snowden can finally come back?
— International Quinnster Fan Club (@je1759) September 13, 2019
Great! No such thing as tax evasion then!
— Anthony Hidalgo (@ahidalgo51) September 13, 2019
— PA (@PaMars21) September 13, 2019
Is this going to be his actual platform now? I had assumed he meant to say, "non-violent drug crime," which is a bit more in line with sanity.
— Francis Weldon (@CountWeldon) September 13, 2019
So I can steal whatever I want and it's cool?
— astroglide (@Astroglide13) September 13, 2019
Wouldn't that just encourage crime? I'd shoplift for fun every time I went shopping.
— MBH (@byrlmhenry) September 13, 2019
Excuse me while I embezzle the crap out of some companies.
— Lauren de Sylva 🗝 (@laurendesylva) September 13, 2019
Wait until Joe Biden hears how many non-violent offenders are in prisons because of Joe Biden’s Crime Bill
— Jozef T'Challomy (@JozefColomy) September 13, 2019