July 24, 2021

"So, I know we're all making fun of this. But, I think there should be a much stronger push back against Biden claiming that mainstream Republicans are trading in blood libel."

Highest-rated comment on "Biden Denies Sucking The Blood Out Of Children" (r/Conservative). The post links to "Biden Denies Sucking The Blood Out Of Children" (Guardian Gazette). 

I found that comment because I was looking to see if anyone was saying what I wanted to say. I'm seeing the usual fun-making over Biden gibbering nonsense. But it didn't sound like nonsense to me. It's garbled, but I think he's essentially saying the Republicans are libeling Democrats the way the Nazis libeled the Jews. 

Here's background: "What does blood libel mean?" (BBC). That article is from 2011, taking Sarah Palin to task for saying, after the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, "Within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn."

And here's Biden talking:

AND: There is another Biden blood-sucking clip, so he clearly means to get this meme out there:


Ann Althouse said...

Bob Boyd writes (linking to another tweet, which I've now embedded on the front page of this post):

"Here's another instance of Biden using the Sucking Blood From Kids trope to avoid a tough question from a reporter. What's interesting about this example is the way Biden steps into a reporter's personal space, looms over her, gives her the hard-eyed stare and tries to intimidate her. Why is it okay for Biden to treat a woman, or any reporter, this way? In this video Biden's eyes appear completely black with no whites in them. That's the way the eyes are often made to look on TV shows when a demon is possessing a human. I don't think Biden is demon-possessed, but it's kind of funny he looks that way as says, "...we're sucking the blood out of kids"."

I'd say:

He's doing something deliberate and should not be simply mocked for being the doddering old man. He seems to be leaning into massaging the national insanity.

Ann Althouse said...

Alex writes:

"The discussion on the right isn't that they're drinking the blood of children, it's that some wealthy figures were using blood transfusions from healthy teenagers as a means of extending their health. This isn't actually that crazy, as it actually does occur. It's Alex Jones' world, Ann. We're just trying to survive it."

I'll say:

How can you know what discussion on the right — if any — he's referring to? But "sucking blood from" doesn't necessarily mean drinking. It could just mean extracting, using some sort of sucking device. Whether the extracted blood is used as a beverage is another matter, but if you were going to drink blood, would you drink it directly from the donor? That's what vampires do.

Ann Althouse said...

Chris writes:

"Biden's blood language is weird. I don't have an explanation for it. In the town hall clip, it seems like an off hand comment, but in the second clip it seems planned. So maybe it's a phrase he wants out there, like the 'back in chains' image from 2012. In the first clip, he says the blood charge comes from the fringe right, and in the second clip he says Republicans, so maybe those are the same thing now. Trump had his 'blood from whatever' comment, and that was weird too.

"Blood language is provocative and jarring to hear. Except in church liturgy and hymnody, where it is so common that people don't notice it anymore. 'There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Emmanuel's veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.' What strange imagery! Yet worshippers sing that hymn with great comfort."

Ann Althouse said...

Ignorance is Bliss writes:

"So these complaints about the venom in current political discourse are coming from Joe "put y'all back in chains" Biden?!?"