The White House’s spiritual advisor recently criticized presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden over his role in advancing punitive anti-drug laws during his time as a senator.
Evangelical pastor Paula White-Cain, who President Trump appointed last year to serve as special advisor to the Faith and Opportunity Initiative at the White House Office of Public Liaison, specifically said that Biden helped push severe sentences for marijuana offenses and framed Trump as the criminal justice reform candidate.
“He loves second opportunities. He loves to give people that second chance,” she said of the president, adding that he signed federal sentencing reform legislation into law.
“Everyone forgets [President Bill Clinton’s] bill that Joe Biden went along with and signed people to prison for 30 years for three ounces of marijuana,” she said at an Evangelicals for Trump event last week, referring to the 1994 Crime Bill. “Everybody wants to forget that this guy that wants to come in as president is just a Trojan horse for a very radical left agenda that is behind him.”
Watch the White House spiritual advisor discuss drug policy below:
This rhetoric appears to be part of a theme as Election Day draws near, with Trump’s reelection campaign increasingly criticizing Biden’s criminal justice record with a particular focus on drug policy. Advocates are quick to point out that Trump has made hostile anti-cannabis hires and the administration hasn’t proactively pushed for reform, but they recognize that the Biden attacks aren’t necessarily unfounded and represent a liability.