We know Joe Biden isn’t nearly as capable as we’re supposed to think he is, but we can’t help but wonder how he managed to screw this up so badly. Well, it looks like we’ve got some answers now:
Among what happened that prompted Biden's change on the Hyde Amendment: @SymoneDSanders confronting him directly, and @Alyssa_Milano on the phone with campaign manager @schultzohio. NEW from me: https://t.co/y51cVVXMLu
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) June 7, 2019
More from the Atlantic:
This was a tense two days in Biden’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. The candidate was caught off guard after an NBC News story published Wednesday morning attempted to nail down where he stands on abortion policy—specifically Hyde. Symone Sanders, one of Biden’s senior advisers, confronted him, she confirmed to me Thursday night, telling Biden that he was missing how his position disproportionately affected poor women and women of color without easy access to abortion. Alyssa Milano, the actor who’s become a major online presence on issues of women’s rights as well as a friend of the Biden team, spoke by phone Wednesday with Biden’s campaign manager, Greg Schultz, telling him that the candidate needed to change. More calls came in, more tough conversations.
Such tough conversations. But they need to be had!
When Alyssa Milano gets involved, you know that we’re dealing with a serious campaign.
alyssa milano on the phone!!! wow,that would shake up a man running for President!!! a real leader type
— James Atkinson (@JamesAt79170463) June 7, 2019
Glad he reversed course but please god don’t let symone sanders and Alyssa Milano be driving this campaign bus.
— juscomments (@juscomments) June 7, 2019
Why? Because they’ll drive it right over the cliff?
Biden is apparently taking policy cues from a race-obsessed cable news troll and an aggressively ignorant retired television actress.
The 2020 frontrunner is off to a great start positioning himself as the serious statesman contrast to Trump's reality TV presidency. https://t.co/eCeQMgW1sT
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) June 7, 2019
So we can count on him making or changing policy based on whichever celebrity has his ear. Sounds familiar. Do we at least have some say in the celebrity cabinet this time?
— @realPoopGolem (@PutinsPoopGolem) June 7, 2019
If those two are calling the shots, Trump 2020 is suddenly looking a lot more likely.
— Alex Zelinski (@A_Zelinski) June 7, 2019