“Do I look like a radical socialist with a soft spot for rioters?”

President Trump’s attack on Joe Biden that he’s a tool of violent agitators and far-left radicals doesn’t seem to jive with the image Biden has cultivated since he was a young man.
Friends, classmates and others who have known Joe Biden for decades describe a man keen on bringing a 1950s sensibility into the 1960s — a nice-house-on-a-cul-de-sac kind of guy who spent weekends as a 20-something husband scouting real estate from his Corvette.
As a college and law school student in the tumultuous 1960s, Joe Biden seemed unmoved by the fury over Civil Rights and the Vietnam War displayed by many of his peers. “Other people marched,” Biden said in 1987. “I ran for office.” nyti.ms/3dBBgcM
Those who knew Joe Biden in college describe a young man on campus wearing a tasteful button-down and chinos, honing his self-styled political brand: polished but unpretentious, with institutionalist instincts before he was part of any institutions. nyti.ms/3dBBgcM
Joe Biden’s exposure to the main issues of the 1960s — Civil Rights and the Vietnam War — came off-campus. He has long cited his experience as a lifeguard at a pool in a largely Black part of town as instrumental in his understanding of the racial divide. nyti.ms/3dBBgcM
After law school, Joe Biden seemed focused on establishing a mainstream political career for himself, friends say. It was evident in how he dressed, the jobs he pursued and even in his personal choices. He named his dogs Governor and Senator. nyti.ms/3dBBgcM
It can be hard now to imagine Joe Biden as a young man — or, at least, a younger man than he was when he first reached Washington, as a 30-year-old senator shattered by the car crash that killed his first wife, Neilia, and their baby daughter. nyti.ms/3dBBgcM
Read more about the young Joe Biden by @mattfleg and @katieglueck in the latest Long Run article, part of a series that explores the lives and careers of the 2020 presidential candidates. nyti.ms/3dBBgcM

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