Joe Biden will make his Vice Presidential running mate selection in the coming days.
All hell is breaking loose in the selection process.
And that’s because a skeleton in the closet for this top Democrat sent Joe Biden into a panic.
Joe Biden’s promise to pick a woman and the Black Lives Matter riots focused his campaign’s selection of a running mate to a short list of black female Democrats.
California Senator Kamala Harris was thought to be the favorite, but her poor performance on the campaign trail as well as concerns she would overshadow Biden led other names to race to the forefront of the “Veepstakes.”
One of those prospects was California Congresswoman Karen Bass.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly spoke highly of Bass to the Biden campaign.
But just as quickly as Bass’s stock rose problems emerged.
Back in 2010 Bass spoke at the opening of a center for the controversial Church of Scientology and praised the group.
“The Church of Scientology I know has made a difference, because your creed is a universal creed and one that speaks to all people everywhere,” Bass said at the time.
The Church of Scientology has been accused of brainwashing members and shady financial dealings.
In 1978 founder L. Ron Hubbard’s wife Mary and several other Church officials were convicted of the largest domestic espionage operation in American history when they were found guilty of wiretapping federal attorneys and stealing documents from the IRS.
After these comments surfaced Bass quickly walked back her praise for Scientology.
“Back in 2010, I attended the event knowing I was going to address a group of people with beliefs very different than my own, and spoke briefly about things I think most of us agree with, and on those things — respect for different views, equality, and fighting oppression — my views have not changed,” Bass stated.
Bass and the Biden campaign also had to deal with 2016 praise for Cuba’s brutal communist dictator Fidel Castro upon his death.
“As Cuba begins nine days of mourning, I wish to express my condolences to the Cuban people and the family of Fidel Castro,” a statement from Bass read after Castro’s death. “The passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a great loss to the people of Cuba.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio blasted Bass on a conference call with reporters.
“She will be the highest-ranking Castro sympathizer in the history of the United States government,” Rubio told the press.
“This is something that she will now want to deflect from, but I don’t believe in the last six decades that there has ever been anyone considered for the vice presidency … with this level of sympathy towards a Marxist regime,” Rubio added.
On “Meet the Press” Bass tried to run away from those comments calling the Castro regime “brutal” and offering a fake apology for her glowing statement after Castro’s death.
“And let me explain too because I think the use of the term ‘comandante en jefe,’ what I meant by that is, is that clearly in Florida, that is a term that is endearing to him. I didn’t see it that way. I was expressing condolences to the Cuban people, to the people in Cuba, not Cubans around the world. I don’t think that is a toxic expression in California, but let me just say, Chuck: lesson learned, wouldn’t do that again. Talked immediately to my colleagues from Florida and realized that that was something that just shouldn’t have been said,” Bass told host Chuck Todd.
The Democrat Party’s sharp turn to socialism as well as electoral wipeouts in the 2010 and 2014 midterms leaves the party with a thin bench of Vice Presidential prospects.
Every candidate is flawed and there is no “home run” pick.
But by any measure Karen Bass is at the extreme end of unappealing selections.
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