Former Gov. Phil Bredesen’s claim that his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate is not based on his opposition to President Donald Trump took a major credibility hit on Wednesday when The Tennesseean reported that former Vice President Joe Biden–who recently said he would have “beat the hell out of” President Trump–will be the guest of honor at a Nashville fundraiser for Bredesen next week.
According to The Tennessean:
Speaking during an anti-sexual assault rally at the private university in Coral Gables, the Democrat mentioned Mr. Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” recording that captured the real estate mogul talking in 2005 about being able to get away with groping women because of his fame.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to headline a fundraiser for former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen’s Democratic bid for U.S. Senate during a swing through Nashville next week.
The fundraiser for the Bredesen Victory Fund is set for Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m, according to an invitation obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee. It’s billed as a “coffee and conversation” with the 47th vice president. A location is not disclosed.
The fundraiser comes on the same day Biden will speak at Vanderbilt University as part of a lecture series hosted by Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos.
In his YouTube announcement of his candidacy, the 74-year-old Bredesen claimed that he wanted to end the partisan bickering in Washington, D.C.
But his selection of the most aggressively partisan critic of President Trump belies that claim.
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, “Former Vice President Joe Biden boasted to a crowd of University of Miami students Tuesday that he would have ‘beat the hell out of’ President Trump in high school.”
“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'” Mr. Biden told the crowd. “They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said ‘no.’ I said, ‘If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.’
“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” he continued. “I’m a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room.”
Biden had no such comments regarding the conduct of former President Bill Clinton, who has been accused of specific acts of sexual harassment over the years by many women.
Bredesen, who has said he expects to raise $50 million in his campaign to defeat Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07), the likely Republican nominee in the November general election for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), is relying heavily upon highly partisan out-of-state Democrats to help him raise those vast funds.
Later this month, he plans to travel to New York City, where far left Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will host another fundraiser for him.