On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden tore into Donald Trump over his kind words for Russian quasi-dictator Vladimir Putin and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Biden then concluded, “He woulda loved Stalin.”
This, of course, is ridiculous. Stalin was as horrific a world figure as Hitler; he was responsible for the massacres of political opponents, the starvation of millions in forced land redistribution policies, the imprisonment of tens of millions in gulags. To suggest that Trump would have supported Stalin is a serious slur.
More importantly, there’s a far better shot that Biden and Hillary Clinton would have supported Stalin. After all, the American left did support Stalin in his early years, and the hard-core American communist left of those like Saul Alinsky would certainly have backed him before his demise.
Jonah Goldberg writes in his vital tome Liberal Fascism, “Nearly the entire liberal elite, including much of FDR’s Brain Trust, had made the pilgrimage to Moscow to take admiring notes on the Soviet experiment. Their language was both religiously prophetic and arrogantly scientific.” Walter Duranty of The New York Times brought home a Pulitzer Prize on the basis of falsely reporting bounty in the Soviet Union: “village markets flowing with eggs, fruit, poultry, vegetables, milk and butter…A child can see this is not famine but abundance.” Labor leaders throughout the United States thought Stalin a great leader. NAACP co-founder WEB DuBois said, “if what I have seen with my eyes and heard with my ears in Russia is Bolshevism, I am a Bolshevik.” The creator of the “New Deal” terminology for FDR praised the Soviet Union wholeheartedly. Interior Secretary Harold Ickes said that FDR admitted that “what we were doing in this country were some of the things that were being done in Russia and even some of the things that were being done under Hitler in Germany.”
It is one of the great ironies of modern politics that the left seems inclined to lay all of its historic sins at the feet of Republicans. Biden infamously stated that Mitt Romney wanted to put black people “back in chains”; it was southern Democrats who made slavery a way of life, and then enshrined Jim Crow. Leftist columnists continuously and speciously compare Republican leaders with Hitler – but it was the American left that wholeheartedly embraced Hitler early on. Now, the left tries to lay sympathy for communism at the feet of the Republican nominee.
That’s perverse. There’s far more evidence to suggest that Barack Obama, who just kowtowed to a murderous communist dictator in Cuba, would be sympathetic to Stalin than Trump would be.
But the media won’t even bother asking the question. Instead, they’ll simply laugh along with Biden, even as he spins fairytales about leftist virtue and Republican sin.