Ex-Trump campaign adviser: Biden would be able to 'sit down and get some things done' with Republicans

A former Trump campaign adviser defended former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE after the centrist Democratic candidate claimed that he would be able to break through legislative gridlock in Washington.

“The Senate is a club — it’s one of the most elite clubs in the world,” Jack KingstonJohon (Jack) Heddens KingstonLobbying firm cuts ties to Trent Lott amid national anti-racism protests Thankfully, the doctor is in Ex-Trump campaign adviser: Biden would be able to 'sit down and get some things done' with Republicans MORE, a senior adviser to the 2016 Trump campaign, told Hill.TV on Wednesday. “I think he would have the ability to sit down and get some things done in a way that Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed flight Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mt Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left MORE — also members — would not be able to do."

Biden has repeatedly pointed to his track record working with Republican colleagues to pass bipartisan legislation.

Earlier this year, he proclaimed that Republicans would have “an epiphany” and start working more with Democrats once President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE left office.

Biden appeared to elaborate on those comments Tuesday, saying “all politics is the logical extension of human nature, personal relationships.”

He also predicted that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project MORE (R-Ky.) would become “mildly cooperative” with Democrats if Trump was no longer president.

“I’m not suggesting all of a sudden everyone’s going to project a new sense of courage and political courage,” Biden said during fundraiser in New York. “What I’m suggesting [is] that the dynamic changes when the right vote, as opposed to the vote you don’t agree with, becomes a possibility if you vote for it.

“And so that’s why I think you’re going to see even Mitch McConnell changing some ideas or being more ― how can I say ― mildly cooperative,” he added later to laughter from the crowd.

However, Biden has faced some criticism for centering much of his campaign on his willingness and ability to work with Republicans.

The former Vice President received backlash last month after saying he would be willing to consider a Republican running mate in 2020, but he stopped short of naming which members of the other party he’d pick for the spot.

— Tess Bonn