De Blasio Tries to Drag Biden for Flipping Back to Supporting the Hyde Amendment — Fails Miserably

Bill de Blasio
Bill de Blasio 2020/Handout via Reuters

2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tried — and failed — to take a shot at his competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden, for flipping back to supporting the pro-life Hyde Amendment.

In a pair of tweets published Wednesday afternoon, de Blasio — who struggled to explain his White House bid when his constituents said he “shouldn’t run” — attempted to slam Biden after his campaign confirmed that the former vice president still supports the Hyde Amendment.

The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions except in cases of incest, rape, or when the mother’s life is in danger.

De Blasio claimed in his tweets that the controversial amendment “only hurts low income women, especially women of color” and that the eventual Democratic presidential candidate should “support [the] repeal” of the measure.

He then attempted to blast Biden, saying that “when it [came] to supporting American women on issues like repealing the Hyde Amendment, @JoeBiden is Dr. Jekyll.”

However, de Blasio missed a key fact in trying to take a dig at Biden: Dr. Jekyll is a good guy.

The New York City mayor was making a reference to the famous work of author Robert Louis Stevenson, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” where the title character, Dr. Henry Jekyll, drank a serum to suppress the evil within himself that ended up creating an alter ego — the violent Edward Hyde — whom he struggled to control changing into.

The tweet prompted Twitter users to roast de Blasio, with one user offering to meet the mayor at the New York Public Library so that they could “review the plot of that book.”

One thing that de Blasio did get right with the comparison — although probably unintentionally — is that Biden seems to be flip-flopping between supporting and opposing the Hyde Amendment.

As IJR Red previously reported, Biden was confronted by an ACLU volunteer last month who asked him if he still supported the pro-life measure. The former vice president responded by saying the amendment “can’t stay,” signaling that he supported a repeal.

On Wednesday, Biden’s campaign told The Hill that the White House hopeful still supported the controversial amendment that many of his 2020 competitors — including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — oppose.

Biden’s support of the Hyde Amendment might raise a few questions for him as the first round of the Democratic primary debates kicks off later this month. The former vice president is currently leading the pack in the polls, with self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in second.

De Blasio, in comparison, is not doing too hot in the polls.

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hpchas
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hpchas

The whole democrat party is advocating the killing of babies even after a heartbeat.

Brad
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“only hurts low income women, especially women of color” …………..what about the human life (fetus/baby)…..don’t they get hurt? Why should every tax payer pay for an abortion caused by irresponsible pleasures…..that could have been prevented to begin with, in many different ways? This really comes down to the optimum question regardless if one is for pro life or not? Why should anyone else, other than those in the act, be responsible for another’s choices? “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”!

General Confusion
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Ah, yes, that wonderful paradigm of conservative caring, honor and forthrightness – Henry Hyde.

He wanted to make sure that poor women could not afford an abortion, if they needed one. He was directly messed up in the S&L debacle and was corrupt to his core. He fenaggled his way out of having to pay his part of a $17.5M settlement by using his political clout.

On top of that, he carried on an 8-year affair with a beautician, until her husband told Hyde’s wife.

Republicans can be such hypocrits and are so confusing.

Otis
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Quasimodo de Blasio can keep ringing his bell to no avail.

James
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And the dimwit in-fighting continues as Warren takes on Touchy-feely Biden. We’re not yet to the serious name calling just yet; but, stay tuned.

In the meantime, President Trump can join with the rest of us and enjoy the show – with or without the popcorn and a six pack.

Phyllis Softa
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I don’t care who the candidate is. There is not support in Congress for repeal of the Hyde Amendment. I live in PA where I have a D and R Senators. Neither supports repeal of the Hyde Amendment and neither is up for election in 2020. PA is not going to replace Toomey in 2022 with a candidate that supports repealing the Hyde amendment.

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