“Biden was a major engine behind mass incarceration, constantly whipping up fear of crime, demanding harsher sentences, and writing bills to that effect. ‘I don’t care why someone is a malefactor in society,’ he said in a 1993 speech. As Ta-Nehisi Coates points out, ‘He wasn’t trying to compromise with the Republicans. This was actually an attempt to get to the right of Republicans.’”
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