In a race that will likely be decided by a handful of voters in November, the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee, Joe Biden, has thought it wise to insult those who could potentially swing the election his way.

In a moment that evokes memories of another flawed candidate and Democrat nominee, Hillary Clinton, Biden thought it wise during an online event carried by The Shade Room last night to say, "There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people.”

If you do the math, Biden just dissed tens of millions of potential voters.

During the 2016 campaign, Clinton unleashed a scathing assault on the very people she should have been trying to persuade to vote for her.

"You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?” Clinton said. “The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it. And unfortunately, there are people like that." That was one of many gaffes that cost Clinton the election.

Biden doesn't appear to have learned a whole lot from Clinton's mistake.

But Biden has a history of telling people not to vote for him. Most recently, he said to voters who are concerned about his advanced age, "don't vote for me." To activists concerned about the Obama-Biden record on deportations, Biden has said, "you should vote for Trump.” And to those who believe Tara Reade's allegations that he sexually assaulted her in 1993, Biden said they should not vote for him, stating “I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade.”

And we can't forget that Joe Biden recently told black voters that if they can't decide between him and Trump, "you ain't black." It doesn't sound as though he wants their support, either.

Biden calls 10 to 15 percent of Americans "not very good people" and advises many more not to vote for him. Sounds like solid advice to me.

Thanks, Joe. I think I'll stick with Trump.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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