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● Shot: What Happened to Joe Biden’s Teeth at Democratic Debates?

Mediaite, Thursday night.

● Chaser: Democrats still lack chops to beat Donald Trump.

The Washington Times, yesterday.

JOE BIDEN GETS THE LAST LAUGH: Vinyl set to outsell CDs for first time since 1986.


As weird as the record player remark was, it’s probably not going to hurt Biden much, if at all. The fact that he’s decades behind the times is baked into the cake of public opinion about the former vice president.

In fact, it may be beneficial to Biden that he made the record player reference. Why? Because it diverts attention from a potentially more harmful portion of his statement, which some are claiming is racist.

Ed Morrissey directs our attention to the claim of Time Magazine editor-at-large Anand Giridharadas that Biden’s insinuation that Black parents don’t know how to raise their kids is “appalling — and disqualifying.” Giridharadas says that Biden may have set a new low for racism in a Democratic presidential debate.

As unfashionable as it might be, perhaps before hollering “racism” we should consider whether it’s true that kids coming from a very poor background will hear 4 million fewer spoken words before attending school then kids from a more prosperous background — and more generally, whether it’s true that they show up at school in a disadvantaged position.

I don’t know whether the claim about 4 million words is true, but it has currency. Actually, the usual claim is that there’s a 30 million word gap. Researchers have said this figure is way too high (which it surely is), and put the gap at around 4 million. I’ve heard liberal friends cite both figures.

They do so as an explanation for why poor Black students tend to be outperformed at school from the get-go. They do so, as Biden did, in support of calls for liberal programs to help poor Black kids get a head start before they begin kindergarten.

Biden didn’t pick up this theme at a KKK meeting. He picked at up in the liberal circles he (or maybe his handlers) frequents.

Nor should Biden’s statement be construed as an attack on poor Black parents. A young child will probably hear more spoken words in a two-parent home than in a home with just one parent. A young child will probably hear more spoken words in a home where a parent isn’t working two jobs or a night shift to make ends meet.

It certainly freaked out the ultra-woke brigade on Twitter including the aforementioned Giridharadas, but as Glenn has written (including in his new book), the wokescolds don’t represent the majority of the Democratic Party. As Ed Morrissey wrote yesterday at Hot Air:

Is this the way African-American voters will take this, though? Biden has a good relationship with this “beating heart of his party,” which is of course why his competitors have taken shots at his record on issues like busing and reparations. He has a long track record of relative goodwill on which to rely when interpreting stream-of-consciousness ramblings like this one. Giridharadas imputes racism when simple ignorance might be a better explanation. Or Biden just being the crazy-but-benign grandpa that Biden has been for a very long time.

If those voters do share Giridharadas’ interpretation of this answer, watch out.

We’ll know soon enough how the polls break for Biden — clearly the far left is willing to throw everything at him to knock him out of the race, but as Jonah Goldberg noted earlier this month, “black voters, particularly black women — the king- or queen-makers of the Democratic primaries — are pragmatically focused on defeating Trump rather than on making the perfect the enemy of the good. And that’s a big reason that Biden commands such a large share of the black vote, particularly among older voters.”

CHARLES C.W. COOKE: Beto Is a Disaster for the Gun-Control Movement.

He almost certainly doesn’t realize it, but Beto O’Rourke is likely to be the worst thing to happen to the gun-control movement in decades — and, if he continues in this mode, he may turn out to be the worst thing to happen to the Democratic party in a long time, too. In Houston last night, O’Rourke abandoned his cloying euphemisms (“mandatory buybacks”) and delivered a deliberate, carefully scripted endorsement of gun confiscation, which, within minutes, his campaign began to sell on t-shirts. “Hell yes,” Beto said, “we’re going to take your AR-15.”
​​Thus, upon the instant, did two decades’ worth of Democratic rhetoric go up in a puff of smoke.

’That clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies,’ said Dem Sen. Chris Coons to CNN this morning of O’Rourke’s vow to confiscate assault weapons.”

Add that the Democrats’ “ban all the things” rhetoric at the CNN “climate change town hall” from last week, and it begs the question: what’s left that they don’t want to ban? (And Biden has signed off on his support for the Green New Deal. So much for his posing as the moderate among the candidates.) As Bryan Preston wrote afterwards, “If you like Venezuela, voting for any of them will bring you a whole lot of Venezuela. Thank you, CNN, just for letting these people talk. Do it again next week? Please?”

Surprisingly, the House of Stephanopoulos was eager to comply.

MIND YOU, IT WASN’T A VERY GOOD MASK:  Joe Biden Unmasks Comrade Bernie Sanders.

IT’S COME TO THIS: There’s Only One Democrat Talking About the Constitution, and It’s (Shudder) Joe Biden.

“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people,” Milton Friedman once said. “The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.”

Related: Jim Clyburn (D-SC) I’m not too sure we’d hold on to the Bill of Rights if it were up for debate today.

As Kevin Williamson wrote in his new book, The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics, “The Bill of Rights ought to be titled ‘A List of Things You Idiots Don’t Get a Vote On, Because They Aren’t Up for Negotiation.’”


● Shot: What was going on with Joe Biden’s teeth during the debate?

—Headline, New York Post homepage, today.

● Chaser: In Houston, Biden got his teeth into Sanders.

—Headline, Spectator USA, today.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TONIGHT’S DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. Jim Geraghty ponders when Joe Biden will fire the depth charge against Elizabeth Warren:

You don’t go after Warren on hypocrisy. Any rival who wants to nuke Warren’s campaign, particularly in a Democratic primary, should go right at her glaring weakness: “You’re not a woman of color, you were wrong to describe yourself as a woman of color, and when you claim you had no idea that Harvard Law School was touting you to the public as a woman of color, I don’t believe you.” The notion that Harvard was running around describing Warren this way and she simply never noticed it in any of their statements, press materials, or other documents is the most implausible aspect of Warren’s explanation. Even if you buy her story, it means she wasn’t following the debate about minority representation at the law school back in the 1990s, a pretty heated controversy at the time. No demographic likes a white person trying to benefit from fraudulent minority status. Warren will insist she never benefited from any affirmative action program, but many voters are unlikely to believe that claiming a minority status at an Ivy League law school faculty didn’t bring her any professional benefit at all.

My guess is that Bernie Sanders will never play that card, as he likes Warren too much that would be too personal an attack on a longtime ally. (Oh, and Sanders has his own racial controversy; in a 1997 book he used the n-word repeatedly in a critique of American racism. No one’s saying he’s used the term out of racial animosity, but there are people who will bristle at him using the term in any context.)

As Geraghty writes, “Biden won’t play that card against Warren until he needs it. But if you’re a Warren fan, you’ve got a difficult choice. Would you rather she face that storm in the Democratic primary, or in the general election against Trump?”

BERNIE SANDERS JUMPS TO THE LEAD IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: “Former Vice President Joe Biden has lost his lead in New Hampshire with U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders jumping ahead in what is now clearly a three-person race for the Democratic primary, a new Franklin Pierce University-Boston Herald poll shows.”

LIFE IMITATES SLEEPER: Joe Biden Refers To George W. Bush As The ‘Last President.’

To be fair, a lot of us have tried to block the events of 2009-2016 out of our memories, including, apparently, the man who was vice president back then. Regarding his boss, as the futuristic historian said to Woody Allen in Sleeper, “Some of us have a theory that he might once have been a president of the United States, but that he did something horrendous, so that all records, everything, was wiped out about him.”

(Via Ace.)


MILE WIDE AND AN INCH DEEP: Dem Pollster Calls Joe Biden’s 2020 Lead ‘Deceptive.’

BAN ALL THE THINGS! Joe Biden: ‘I guarantee you. We’re going to end fossil fuel.’

As Kate of Small Dead Animals wrote after the CNN “climate change town hall” horror show, “Don’t make the mistake of thinking they don’t mean it.”

Related: Biden Spent $250,000 on Private Jet Travel in Second Quarter. “Biden has earned millions since departing the White House and has demanded private jets as part of his speaking gig arrangements.”

BLUE ON BLUE: ‘You need to ask first’: Iowa teacher blasts Biden for grabbing her hands when she asked him a question.

Flashback: Biden Reaps the #MeToo Whirlwind: ‘It’s never, never, never, never, never OK to touch her without her consent,’ he told college men in 2011.

While speaking to students at the University of New Hampshire in 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden told men in the audience that “no matter what a girl does, no matter how she’s dressed, no matter how much she’s had to drink—it’s never, never, never, never, never OK to touch her without her consent.”

One of Mr. Biden’s signature issues during the Obama administration was fighting an alleged epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. He promoted the debunked claim that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted as undergraduates—the result of surveys using an impossibly broad definition of sexual assault that encompassed any conduct that, knowingly or not, made someone uncomfortable.

The Obama administration issued guidelines to campuses in 2011 to combat the alleged crisis. Mr. Biden headlined the announcement. The guidance traduced due-process rights for students accused of sexual assault and threatened colleges and universities with federal investigations and potential funding reductions if they did not find more accused students and professors guilty.

Now those impossible standards are being applied to their proponents. Since last Friday, several women have accused Mr. Biden of making them uncomfortable during his interactions with them. One accuser, Caitlyn Caruso, told the New York Times that during an event about sexual assault at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Mr. Biden put his hand on her thigh and didn’t remove it even when she showed discomfort by shifting in her seat. She also said he hugged her “just a little bit too long.” . . .

When accused himself, Mr. Biden naturally fell back on all the arguments that are often dismissed when made by college men. He said it was never his “intention” to make women uncomfortable. He also acknowledged that “social norms have begun to change” without acknowledging that he helped lead the change—and hasn’t lived up to the standards he sought to impose on others.

The standards are stupid, but you know what Alinsky said about rulebooks.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Biden’s Bloody Eye on CNN Somehow Spiked by Everyone But Fox.

Shades of how the media treated Hillary’s collapse on September 11th, 2016.

BAN ALL THE THINGS! Joe Biden Just Lost Any Claim to Being a Moderate With His Embrace of the Green New Deal. “At this point, America has two options in 2020. It’s either Donald Trump or socialism. There doesn’t seem to be an option outside of these two.”

HE’S FINE, REALLY: Real Joe Biden Quote: ‘You Can’t, in Fact, Preach to the Choir if You Can’t Sing.’

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Is Joe Biden’s Eye Okay? “Everybody’s talking about it on social media, and almost nobody’s talking about it in the news. Not even CNN, which hosted the debate where it happened. Which makes sense, because Biden is a Democrat and the job of the press is to protect Democrats. This can’t be used against the Republicans, so the media will just ignore it and hope it goes away. That’s what they did when Hillary Clinton collapsed in the street and had to be tossed into a waiting van like a sack of potatoes. They just pretended it never happened, until they were forced to finally cover it. They want a Democrat in the White House, and they’ll ignore any story that interferes with that, as long as they can.”


I HOPE WE’RE NOT TOO MESSIANIC, OR A TRIFLE TOO SATANIC: Biden’s eye fills with blood during CNN climate town hall.

UPDATE: This tweet didn’t age well on multiple fronts:

“The day after tonight’s climate forum, Joe Biden will head to a fundraiser hosted by a fossil fuel executive.”

REALITY IS NOT BIDEN’S STRONG SUIT: ‘Ignoring reality’: Biden got it wrong on Iraq, Mattis says. “‘He was past the point where he was willing to entertain a ‘good idea.’ He didn’t want to hear more; he wanted our forces out of Iraq. Whatever path led there fastest, he favored. He exuded the confidence of a man whose mind was made up, perhaps even indifferent to considering the consequences were he judging the situation incorrectly.'”

Mattis winds up basically blaming Biden for the rise of ISIS, adding, “It would take many years and tens of thousands of casualties, plus untold misery for millions of innocents, to break ISIS’s geographic hold. All of this was predicted — and preventable.”

Related item here.

Plus: “Joe Biden’s Iraq Decisions Haunt Him in 2020,” DNC house organ the Atlantic claims:

The criticism tends to focus on Biden’s Senate vote for a resolution authorizing military force in Iraq, which George W. Bush used to justify his invasion. But his time leading Iraq policy during Barack Obama’s first term is more relevant to the present moment. Whoever wins the presidency in 2020 likely will confront a similar dilemma to the one Biden then faced: a lingering U.S. troop presence, a war-weary U.S. public, and an enemy that is down but not yet defeated.

This story begins in early 2009, after Obama swept into office promising to end the deeply unpopular war in Iraq. There were still 150,000 American soldiers in the country. The newly inaugurated president turned to his vice president and told him to bring the troops home. “We were sitting in the Oval Office one day and talking about [the troop presence], and Obama looked at Biden and said, ‘Joe, I think you should do this. We need sustained focus from the White House. You know Iraq better than anyone,’” Antony Blinken, Biden’s national security adviser, told me. “It was as simple as that.”

The gravity of that mission for a man who’d played a part in starting the war was apparent. Seventy-six senators, including 28 Democrats, had joined Biden in the fateful 2002 vote, but he bore special responsibility as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. (He claimed at the time that the authorization would avert war by pushing Saddam Hussein to let weapons inspectors into the country, and later argued that Bush had misused it.) In the years since the invasion, he’d traveled often to Iraq, building relationships with the war’s key players.

Biden threw himself into the mission. He chaired meetings and oversaw negotiations. By the end of 2011, the war was over, and the American troops had left. “He is the guy who oversaw the drawdown, in effect, on the political side, of U.S. forces from 150,000 to virtually zero,” Blinken told me.

Then it all went horribly wrong.


FOR THE LAST TIME, ANYTHING YOU PUT ON THAT ‘PROMPTER, RON BURGUNDY WILL READ! What? Joe Biden says he’s going after magazines that can hold multiple bullets.


Interesting stance from the star of a show that, as Joe Biden once noted, did much in the late 1990s to mainstream homosexuality, which was still being branded a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association as recently as 1987.

Earlier: The Stars Of Will & Grace Went Full McCarthyite So Slowly, I Hardly Even Noticed.

I CAN THINK OF 57 MYSELF: How Many Can You Name? 35 Obama Gaffes to Make Biden Feel Better About Himself.

Related: Joe Biden and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Gaffetastic Week.

Maybe he shouldn’t feel that much better.


Joe Biden is starting to worry the left, because it looks as though he might be nominated and would be a really bad candidate. That’s a nightmare they don’t want to relive.

And so helpful outlets such as the WaPo are pointing out some of Joe’s flaws, such as the tall tale he told on the campaign trail the other day, a war story that was “moving, but false.”

And outlets such as Esquire blame it on Trump, naturally:

The emerging consensus seems to be that Biden lied here…

This has launched some think-pieces on whether this is symptomatic of the post-truth world the current president has ushered in, where the facts and the details don’t matter much—or often, in fact, are irrelevant—when you’re in pursuit of some larger goal.

To those of us who have observed the left and the MSM for many decades, that’s pretty funny. The president has ushered in a “post-truth world”? How about—just to take one very small and relatively recent example—Rathergate?

It occurs to me that the Esquire article’s author, whose name is Jack Holmes, might—like so many others in the MSM—be very young. I don’t mean “young” in relation to me—that’s just about everyone—but I mean young in the more absolute sense. And sure enough, when I looked him up on Linked In, I discover that he graduated from college in 2014. That would make him something like 26 years old.

Thus, he’s likely not aware of the role of his fellow Esquire staffers in shaping the “post-truth world.” But then, as Obama flack Ben Rhodes of all people said of his party’s stenographers, “The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Joe Biden and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Gaffetastic Week. “The nicest take is that Biden did nothing worse than ‘conflate details’ from different stories, or maybe he’s just playing it as fast and loose with the facts as ever. But the whole thing stank so much that it caused Esquire’s politics editor, Jack Holmes, to wonder if ‘Biden is legitimately confused,’ and that his ‘more recent episodes seem different,’ and ‘worse.’ By that, Holmes means, Biden ‘is struggling to place people and events within space and time,’ like someone who might no longer be firing on all cylinders. And poor Joe only started out with three.”

HMM: Biden’s Best Bet Is a Front-Porch Campaign.

In most sports, when you’re ahead by double digits, the smart (though boring) strategy is to play it safe and sit on your lead. Getting into arguments with political Lilliputians such as Senator Corey Booker and Andrew Yang elevates their profile while lowering Biden’s. And if Biden loses his cool and starts shouting, “And you can take those ducks to the bank!” or “My pants are made of iron!” the game is over.

He should borrow a page from Beto O’Rourke and release videos on Instagram or Facebook on his terms. Yes, I know that strategy isn’t working for O’Rourke, but that’s because O’Rourke isn’t the front-runner, and his videos are a cry for attention from a hipster doofus. The front-runners always get attention because they’re the front-runners.

The media and the activist base of the Democratic party want a lot of drama and ideological radicalism — partly because both groups are well to the left of not just the average American but the average Democrat, and partly because drama makes for better ratings. But most voters are sick of all the drama, and they’re turned off by calls for socialism and the like.

This isn’t an endorsement of Biden — I can’t go there — but rather an endorsement of a more elevated and dignified form of presidential campaigning.

Those are all solid reasons, I suppose. But the real reason is that the last couple of weeks have shown that Biden doesn’t seem to be up to the rigors of a traditional campaign.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Biden Keeps Forgetting People’s Names. “Can’t somebody please help Joe Biden? Parading him around in public like this isn’t doing anybody any good. Is this a presidential campaign or the world’s biggest case of elder abuse?”

Yes. Embrace the healing power of “and.”

THIS IS, INDEED, MY SHOCKED FACE:  As he campaigns for president, Joe Biden tells a moving but false war story.

NON-SHOCKING ITEM OF THE DAY: Execs claim Biden’s brother offered Biden’s help promoting business venture.

The allegations are consistent with others made over the years that relatives of Biden have sought to enrich themselves off of his public service. But they go further, representing the first explicit claims that James Biden offered to have the former vice president use his clout to further private business interests.

The allegations come in sworn declarations made by executives at firms suing Biden’s brother that were filed in federal court on Friday. They do not allege any wrongdoing by Joe Biden or indicate that the former vice president had knowledge of his brother’s alleged promises.

Neither George Mesires, a lawyer for James Biden, nor Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, immediately responded to a request for comment on the new allegations.


THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO MY LIVER SINCE I STARTED TAKING N.A.C.: Democratic debate stage to shrink barring last-minute shock.

Ahead of Wednesday night’s deadline to qualify for the ABC News debate in Houston on Sept. 12, only 10 candidates have met both the polling and fundraising thresholds, according to POLITICO’s tracking of the process. Unlike the first two debates, if 10 or fewer candidates qualify, they will all appear together on one night.

If this holds, it would mark the first time in the still-fledgling Democratic race that all the top candidates debated together. The large field and random assignments had, thus far, prevented Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts from appearing with former Vice President Joe Biden or Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

For a time, it appeared billionaire self-funder Tom Steyer would disrupt that. He crossed the fundraising threshold — 130,000 unique donors — two weeks ago, and he sits on the precipice of the polling threshold, having earned 2 percent in three surveys by pollsters approved by the Democratic National Committee.

But the fourth poll — which would make Steyer the 11th qualified candidate and result in the debate being split over two nights — has been elusive.

For a short while it looked like Steyer might be the Dem’s golden boy, but he can’t even buy a podium at the debate.

AND THE ROLE OF THOMAS EAGLETON WILL BE PLAYED BY: Joe Biden, who tells crowd at New Hampshire campaign rally, “I want to be clear, I’m not going nuts.”

“Which raises that age-old question, older than even Joe Biden: If a guy is crazy, does he know he’s crazy?”, Jim Treacher writes, spotting the catch-22 in Biden’s statement.

WHY OBAMA DROPPED BIDEN: “Obama, it turns out, cares about one thing: himself. He is obsessed with his political legacy. Every day that Joe Biden stays on the campaign trail, he detracts from that.”

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS. Or, strike a pose, there’s nothing to it:

● Shot: Joe Biden Is Looking For A New Corvette Once He Leaves Office.

The Art of Gears car blog, January 17, 2017.

● Chaser: He’s Hip! He’s Hip! Joe Biden Sizzles with Teenaged Heat as He Announces His Openness to ‘Radical Decarbonization.’

Red State, today.

Earlier: The Real Reason Elites Behave Hypocritically On Climate Change Is Because They Want To.

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Nancy Pelosi tells 2020 Dems, “You have to be ready to take a punch. And therefore you have to be ready to throw a punch—for the children.”

If Sarah Palin or Donald Trump had said this, it would lead the 6:30 PM news broadcasts. Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines to understand how Pelosi can say this with impunity.


Sen. Rand Paul had part of his lung removed this weekend because of damage from 2017 attack.

Actor Jeff Daniels to CBS’s Stephen Colbert: ‘We Need Someone That Can Punch Trump in the Face.’

Ilhan Omar Retweet Suggests Rand Paul Deserved to Be Assaulted.

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to 2020 Dems: Don’t Run Away from Trump — ‘Punch Him in the Face.’

Parents cheer as kids bash an ICE agent piñata and throw balls at the painted image of President Trump.

Joe Biden: I Want to ‘Beat the Hell Out of’ President Trump.

Patti LuPone defends violent attack on Rand Paul.

CNN Host Palled Around with, Promoted ICE Firebomber’s Antifa Group.

Leftist Thug Caught on Video Assaulting Conservative Berkeley Student While Fellow Students Laugh.

Journalist Andy Ngo Beaten Up at Portland Antifa Rally.

● John Dickerson, the host of Face the Nation and the “political director” for CBS, wrote an article for Slate in 2013 charmingly titled “Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party.”

Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History.

BECAUSE OF COURSE THEY DO: Fake Conservative Website The Bulwark Gives Joe Biden Campaign Advice.

UM, REALLY? The Surprising Surge of Andrew Yang.

Andrew Yang was sitting here in a rented silver Suburban outside a black chamber of commerce surrounded by five members of his rapidly growing campaign staff when he saw a new Fox News poll in which he was tied for fifth in the sprawling Democratic presidential primary.

He stared at the screen of his phone and scrolled.

“Three percent!” Yang said, in his characteristically dry, droll way. “This team. Is the team. That’s going to go … all. The. Way. To the White House!”

Yang breezily walked into the chamber building and got onto a packed elevator. To the county party chair squeezed into a corner, Yang excitedly passed along the results of the poll, listing in order the only people who were ahead of him—a former vice president (Joe Biden) and three high-profile senators (Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris).

“And then me!” he exclaimed, flashing a goofy, exaggerated smile.

Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but Andrew Yang is … surging?

He’s trading at 10-to-1 or sometimes 11-to-1 on the PredictIt market.

YOUR DAILY TREACHER: Team Biden to Dems: Sorry, You’re Stuck with Joe.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO FALL IN LOVE, YOU JUST HAVE TO FALL IN LINE: Team Biden to Dems: Sorry, You’re Stuck with Joe.

(Classical reference in headline.)

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76! Joe Biden Falsely Says RFK, MLK Were “Assassinated in The ‘70’s, Late 70.”

Which makes a nice bookend for Biden’s look back at President Roosevelt on television in 1929 when the stock market crashed:

Related! Joe Biden’s brain surgeon is defending Joe Biden’s brain.

Update: In the clip above, after the talk of RFK and MLK being assassinated “in the late ’70,” as Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire tweets in a nice catch, “Biden, then appearing to talk about political activism in the 1960s, claims ‘none of you women would know this.'”


Halperin’s effort, How to Beat Trump: America’s Top Political Strategists on What It Will Take, is set to be published by Regan Arts. Founder Judith Regan is renowned for her attempt to publish another redemption story: O.J. Simpson’s If I Did It.

According to Sunday’s Politico Playbook email, the book will feature interviews with Jill Alper, David Axelrod, Bob Bauer, Donna Brazile, James Carville, Tad Devine, Anita Dunn, Karen Dunn, Adrienne Elrod, Jennifer Granholm, Ben LaBolt, Jeff Link, Jim Margolis, Mike McCurry, Mark Mellman, Amanda Renteria, John Sasso, Kathleen Sebelius, Bob Shrum, Ginny Terzano, and David Wilhelm.

Cockburn has so many questions. If these strategists are so wise, did they not see how rubbing shoulders with Halperin could backfire? Is that the same Anita Dunn who’s advising the Biden campaign, the one who spends her day freaking out at what Uncle Joe’s next perceived misstep will be? What would so many Hillary Clinton backers know about how to beat Trump?

But chief among them…when exactly did they decide it was time to move on from #TimesUp?

Read the whole thing.

DON’T GET COCKY: Joe Biden won’t win.

ROGER KIMBALL ON TRUMP AND TONE: “At any rate, the situation in China reminds me of one of the political philosopher James Burnham’s famous political laws: Where there is no alternative there is no problem. What’s the alternative to Donald Trump on any of these issues? Joe Biden? Elizabeth Warren? Bernie Sanders? To ask the question is to answer it.”

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): What’s funny to me about China is that the same people who were saying that Trump would blunder into a war with some thoughtless angry tweet are now dumping on Trump for not interrupting his delicate negotiations to call the Chinese murderers.

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS, JOE, YOU REALLY DON’T.” Report: Obama Tried to Talk Biden out of Running for President.

EVERGREEN HEADLINE: Joe Biden isn’t ‘gaffe-prone’, he’s losing his mind.

WARREN SURGES IN POLL BUT ITS REAL NEWS IS ABOUT PRAYING AMERICANS: Yes, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) suddenly bolts to a virtual dead heat with former Vice-President Joe Biden in the latest YouGov. survey for The Economist.

That’s interesting to be sure, but the last five of the 145 questions asked of 1,500 respondents concerned things like church attendance and frequency of prayer, topics not typically raised in such surveys. The margin of error is three percent.

Turns out that more than half of us pray regularly and a third of all Americans go to church at least once or twice a month. Checking the demographics of the respondents reveals an over-sampling of Democrats to Republicans, so the prayer and attendance percentages might be slightly understated.

THIS REALLY DOESN’T FIT THE NARRATIVE: California: ‘resistance’ state has donated more to Trump than to most Democrats in 2020 race. President has raised $3.2m in California this year, analysis finds – more than Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Although affluent donors in Beverly Hills, Orange county and San Diego contributed significant sums – and together constituted a majority of California funds in Trump’s campaign war chest – 92.8% of donations came from small donors contributing less than $100. Many of these small donations came from the central region of the state, which tends to skew more conservative.

Trump really needs to shoot campaign commercials in Los Angeles and San Francisco, describe them as Detroit and Baltimore with palm trees, and warn that such conditions are inevitable whenever Democrats are in power.


IT AIN’T SO, JOE: No, Joe Biden the assault weapons ban did not work.

BREAKING NEWS FROM 1988: Joe Biden isn’t the boringly reassuring candidate Democrats were hoping for.

ROBERT VERBRUGGEN: Joe Biden Is Wrong. There Is No Compelling Evidence That Assault-Weapon Bans Work.

After the [assault-style weapons] ban was allowed to expire, experts were more or less unanimous that it hadn’t had a strong effect on overall homicides. Certainly there were fewer of the banned items in circulation than otherwise would have been the case, but the law’s definition of “assault weapon” focused on features that don’t really affect a gun’s lethality; few murders are committed with long guns of any kind, to say nothing of “assault weapons” in particular; and while smaller magazines force more frequent reloading, it takes only a second or so to pop a new one in.

Recently, though, some have claimed that the law reduced mass shootings in particular, which account for a tiny fraction of overall homicides but command an incredibly disproportionate amount of public attention. What seems to be true is that the ban years were relatively peaceful on this front, despite covering the rash of school shootings that included Columbine. They were especially peaceful compared with the past ten years or so, which have seen an alarming rise in this form of terrorism.

However, the three most important facts about mass shootings are (A) they have historically been incredibly rare, with entire years passing without one sometimes; (B) they are contagious, with high-profile incidents inpiring copycats and competitors; and (C) they are incredibly variable in the number of fatalities, from a low bound of wherever the researcher chooses to set it (the study Biden cites uses four, not including the perpetrator) all the way up to 58 at Las Vegas. Trying to detect a pattern in data like this, and then attributing the pattern to a single law change that covered the entire country for a ten-year period, is madness.

The new study doesn’t add much to what we already know and is downright bizarre at times.

So it’s a lot like Biden then.

JOE BIDEN HAS DICK SWETT: Former congressman Dick Swett (D-NH) endorses Biden in NH primary.

The gags are infinite — as Stephen Miller tweets, linking to the announcement, “And just like that I’m 13 again.”

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76: A Running List Of Joe Biden’s Best Slip-Ups.

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ALSO ANOTHER DAY ENDING IN Y: Another Splendiferous, Gafftastic Day for Joe Biden.

DISPATCHES FROM THE PARTY OF SCIENCE: Joe Biden Says There Are “At Least Three” Genders, Confuses Everyone.

THERE HE GOES AGAIN: Joe Biden Says ‘We Choose Truth Over Facts.’

Biden is just taking his cues from the Montagnard wing of his party.

VIDEO: Joe Biden Says ‘Poor Kids Are Just as Bright and Just as Talented as White Kids.’

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep Friday. “Biden’s greatest gift to American conservatives is that his unbridled tongue can’t help but bare the souls of our leftists. They may have the media forever spinning and covering for them, but Joey Scranton can waltz in and unveil their true intentions with the greatest of ease.”

IT’S ELECTION TIME, SO IT’S TIME FOR JOE BIDEN TO REV UP THE SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ‘76 ONCE AGAIN: Biden says “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids” in latest gaffe.

Earlier: Biden’s dicey past on racial issues could come back to bite him in the 2020 Democratic primaries.

FAILURE TO THRIVE: Is Kamala Harris Over Before She Got Going? “When Joe Biden can beat you and only miss a few details, you know you’ve been beat.”


Campus Reform went to the theater where the Democratic debate took place and asked a bunch of Democrats what they would consider Joe Biden’s major accomplishments. “I don’t know of a specific accomplishment of his,” one woman respondent tells Cabot Phillips early on, and it doesn’t get much better from there.

…And? This is the postmodern 21st century. A lack of accomplishments didn’t stop Biden’s boss from becoming president. Though unlike Barry and/or his ghostwriter, Biden’s been around the block far too many times to make that work for him by saying, “I am new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”

AND HE’S THE “MODERATE”: Joe Biden Calls for Jail Time for Insurance Execs ‘Who Totally Oppose My Plan.’

HEY, I THOUGHT KAMALA WAS THE COP IN THE ELECTION: Joe Biden Calls for Jail Time for Insurance Execs ‘Who Totally Oppose My Plan.’

You may not be interested in the Gleichschaltung, but the Gleichschaltung is interested in you.

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EVERY BATTLE IS WON BEFORE IT IS EVER FOUGHT: Did Joe Biden Lose the Debate During the Introductions? Liberals Are Already Triggered.

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OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY: How Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans to increase Social Security benefits.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is currently leading among Democratic candidates in the polls, wants to make Social Security solvent.

The presidential hopeful also wants to boost benefits for retirees, particularly those who have been receiving checks for more than 20 years, had their spouse die or are living close to the poverty line.

Biden joins other Democratic candidates who are also calling for expansion of the program. Those proposals should challenge Republicans to come up with their own plan, according to one advocate.

So the plan is to spend Social Security into solvency.

WITH THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA HELPING KEEP THE BLADES SHARP: On the Eve of the Debates, the Long Knives Come Out for Joe Biden.

KRUISER: Joe Biden Is Nothing More Than Hillary With Hair Plugs.

JOE BIDEN: No More Mr. Nice Guy.

At an exclusive fundraiser at the just-as-exclusive Detroit Golf Club, Biden said, “I’m not going to be as polite this time.” Referring to the spanking he got on race from California Senator Kamala Harris in the previous debate, Biden explained that he’ll get meaner at next week’s debate “because this is the same person who asked me to come to California and nominate her in her convention.”

What, one nice speech and Harris is supposed to roll over for him on the way to the Democratic nomination? Biden knows better than that, but bitterness and the sense of entitlement he revealed isn’t pretty.

Corn, popped.

And there’s much more at the link.

SPARTACUS ROARS: Cory Booker Would Never Punch Trump, That Fat Old Body-Shamer.

Let’s take a moment to imagine any Republican going on national TV and saying something like this about a Democratic POTUS. And let’s take another moment to contemplate the amusing idea of Cory Booker possessing testosterone.

Anyway, Booker would never punch Trump. That would be beneath him. But what’s wrong with getting a round of applause from a liberal NYC audience, and a warm, friendly smile from Seth Meyers, for talking about punching Donald Trump?

Plus, Trump is old and out of shape. What does Booker look like, a body-shamer?

Meyers is a good little Democrat and teed that right up for him, and Booker still botched it. Fortunately for him, nobody watches late-night TV anymore.

Earlier: Joe Biden: I Want to ‘Beat the Hell Out of’ President Trump.

Related: Bernie Bro James T. Hodgkinson, Attempted Assassin Of Steve Scalise, Already Being Erased From History. And additional examples of leftist violence and eliminationist rhetoric at the link.

SHOCK! JOE BIDEN ACCUSED OF PLAGIARISM: Amy Klobuchar Suggests Joe Biden Copied Her Plan To Expand Obamacare.

I was about to make a cheap “Neil Kinnock could not be reached for comment” joke, but he has been! Three decades after Biden stole his speech, Neil Kinnock endorses his 2020 bid.

IT’S DEJA ‘BAM ALL OVER AGAIN! Biden won’t promise Americans they’ll keep their doctor under his healthcare plan.

Curiously, Joe has forgotten what even Democrat house organ Politifact dubbed “the lie of the year” in 2013, after Obama uttered these words at least 36 times on the way to what Biden dubbed “a big f**king deal:”

As Reason notes: Biden’s New Health Care Plan Is an Admission that Obamacare Doesn’t Work.

But as another Obama staffer would say in an exasperated tone, really, at this point, what difference does it make? Perhaps Joe is taking the words of the new socialist “It Girl” to heart: AOC: Nobody is ‘heartbroken’ at the prospect of losing their private health insurance.

FLASHBACK: Perhaps we should require reading “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” in journalism schools.. “No one is listening anymore. When mild-mannered technocrat Mitt Romney was running for president, Clinton’s obscure Obama-administration colleague Joe Biden told a black audience that Republicans ‘are going to put ya’ll back in chains.’ If you listen to Democrats, every Republican who has run for anything in my lifetime has Klan robes in their closet and secret Confederate memorabilia collection.”

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Far Left Prepares To Throw Barack Obama Into The Dustbin Of History.

That’s already begun, as I mentioned in March, when Ilhan Omar attacked Obama’s policies both at the border and in the Middle East. Bernie was trashing the economy of the Obama era while Obama was still in office. AOC’s “Green New Deal” is premised on the notion that Obama’s own green-obsessed “New New Deal” (as Time magazine dubbed it) accomplished nothing. And since Joe Biden is running on Obama-era nostalgia, that encourages all of his opponents to point out all that went wrong during “the most scandal-free administration in history.” (Just ask them.)

BOTTOM STORY OF THE DAY: Booker says he felt disrespected in his verbal tussle with Biden.

BYRON YORK: Pushups Won’t Make The Biden Campaign Stronger.

Can a candidate who is leading the field by 12 points be weak? That’s the question of Joe Biden’s run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The fact is, Biden’s campaign is showing signs of weakness. So is the candidate himself. And doing pushups, as Biden suggested he might do to show up President Trump, won’t make him any stronger.

In mid-May, Biden led the sprawling Democratic field by 26 points in the RealClearPolitics average of national polls. By late May, the lead was 17 points. By late June, it was 15 points. Today, it is 12.

So Biden’s lead is still big, but it’s less than half what it was not that long ago.

What might be more concerning to Biden supporters are the signs Biden is not running at full strength, that the 76-year-old former vice president has lost a step.

Some voters became concerned about that at the first Democratic debate on June 27, when rival Sen. Kamala Harris hit Biden with an attack about his opposition to busing to desegregate schools in the 1970s. (Harris began the exchange with a zinger: “I do not believe you are a racist.”) Even though Biden’s old position had been in the news, he seemed unprepared. His response was feeble and disorganized, ending with, “My time is up. I’m sorry.”

Afterward, Biden complained that there was no way to explain a nuanced issue in the 30 seconds required by a televised debate.

In a conversation Tuesday with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, Biden admitted he was blindsided by Harris. “I didn’t expect that particular attack,” Biden said, “and that question starting off, ‘I know you’re not a racist.'” He complained again about debate time limits.

And then, Brzezinski asked, “The public is interested in how you’re going to fight Donald Trump. Kamala Harris — if you weren’t ready for her, are you ready to fight this guy who doesn’t play fair?”

“My strategy is just to go out,” Biden responded, “and remember that famous expression my grandpop used to use, when they said to Harry Truman, give ’em hell, Harry, and he said no, I’m just going to tell the truth, they’re going to think it’s hell.”

Biden explained that he expects the campaign to be ugly and that Trump will not run an “honorable” race. “But I’m not backing down at all from him,” Biden said. Yes, he was surprised when Harris “said something so off the wall to me,” but Biden pledged to “take on” the president.

It wasn’t exactly confidence-inspiring. And then, Brzezinski asked what Biden would do if Trump “starts making fun of your age, your mental state, starts going after you …”

“I’d say, ‘Come on, Donald,'” Biden said. “‘Come on, man. How many pushups you want to do here, pal? I mean, jokingly. Run with me, man.'”

Uh huh.

NOT THE ONION: Joe Biden: I’ll challenge Trump to do push-ups on stage if he makes fun of my age or mental state.

SEINFELD’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY: How It Revolutionized the Sitcom Genre.

If the show centered on characters, its chief subject was mores, or etiquette. Etiquette is a Sierra Nevada of comedy gold, and nobody else had staked much of a claim on it. Should a note making reference to the arrival of a baby employ an exclamation point? What is the minimum distance someone should maintain while engaging in conversation? Is it okay to sleep with the cleaning lady at work? Should you spare a square for your desperate neighbor in the adjoining bathroom stall? Can you re-gift a present? Seinfeldian misunderstandings are grounded in reality, not the contrived dumb-guy misconstructions of Friends’ Joey Tribbiani.

In an exchange related almost verbatim in episode ten of season five, one Seinfeld writer asked a Chinese postman if he knew where a nearby Chinese restaurant was, and the postman took this as a racial inference. But the writer didn’t think Chinese people knew where all the Chinese restaurants are, he thought letter-carriers knew. Such is the fractious nature of this city and its inexhaustible pool of umbrage. Seinfeld captured it beautifully, in the Talmudic spirit of tearing a situation apart from every angle, with such concision that it popularized lots of neologisms and phrases for its various embarrassments and predicaments. Close-talker! Double-dipper! Shrinkage!

Of course, Seinfeld was made in an era when left-leaning Democrats laughed at political correctness, and even warned of its dangers. Today, they embrace it fully to devour each other: ‘C’MON MAN’: Biden Criticized Over Use Of ‘Gendered’ Phrase.

Earlier: ‘Seinfeld:’ The Ultimate ‘Show About Nothing’ at 30.

MICHAEL BARONE: Democrats: Prisoners of the past on the economy.

We are all, to some extent, prisoners of the past. Things that have already happened — or that we remember as having happened — constitute the world that we know. Anything else is a product of imagination.

But it can also be a pitfall for a politician, particularly for those seeking national visibility when they’re running for president. It’s jarring to see candidates ignore recent changes and describe a world that no longer exists. As when they were asked lead-off questions about the economy in the first two Democratic debates.

Night one: “It’s doing great for a thinner and thinner slice at the top.” “The economy has got to work for everyone and right now we know it isn’t.” “Not everyone is sharing in this prosperity.” “This economy is not working for average Americans.” “There’s plenty of money in this country. It’s just in the wrong hands.”

So spoke Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, and Bill de Blasio.

Night two: “The bottom 60% haven’t seen a raise since 1980.” “We have three people in this country owning more wealth than the bottom half of America.” “We do have enormous inequality.” “The economy is not working for working people.” “Forty years of no economic growth for 90% of the American people.”

Those were Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Michael Bennet.

These are reasonably accurate descriptions of the macroeconomy in the years after the financial crash and recession of 2008 — which is to say, during the Obama presidency — and plausible descriptions of the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency. . . .

But now, there are signs that those trends are reversed. Wage gains in percentage terms seem to be increasing most for those at the bottom of the wage scale. Blue-collar incomes are apparently rising more rapidly than white-collar ones. Unemployment has dropped to levels not seen for 50 years, and unemployment among blacks and Hispanics seems to have dropped to the lowest levels since measurement began.

It’s possible that these trends will turn out to be just momentary reversals of dominant long-term trends. And it’s possible that these trends were not caused by any policies or actions of the Trump administration. Perhaps, as some Democrats argue, they’re even a delayed result of policies of the Obama administration.

But the fact remains that candidate Trump promised an economy whose gains would go more than in the recent past to those less well-off, to blue-collar workers in particular, and to blacks and Hispanics. And that’s exactly how the economy has performed in the 30 months he has been in office. It looks like he delivered.

Yeah, that’s the Democrats’ biggest problem.

OH: Joe Biden Used Tax-Code Loophole Obama Tried to Plug. “Former vice president structured his speaking, writing business in a way that cut his tax bill.”

Mr. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, routed their book and speech income through S corporations, according to tax returns the couple released this week. They paid income taxes on those profits, but the strategy let the couple avoid the 3.8% self-employment tax they would have paid had they been compensated directly instead of through the S corporations.

The tax savings were as much as $500,000, compared to what the Bidens would have owed if paid directly or if the Obama proposal had become law.

“There’s no reason for these to be in an S corp—none, other than to save on self-employment tax,” said Tony Nitti, an accountant at RubinBrown LLP who reviewed the returns.

I’m old enough to remember when paying your fair share was patriotic.

JOE BIDEN: Higher Education Millionaire. “In 2018, Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden together earned more than $1 million from American colleges and universities.”

One of the functions that colleges and universities perform in the lefty ecosystem is to launder money to the connected: Speaking fees, book purchases, and fellowships for politicians, lefty documentary makers, activists, authors, etc.

#JOURNALISM: In a piece asking if Joe Biden is too old to run for president, The Atlantic writes that Donald Trump “was 71 when he was inaugurated.” Donald Trump was born June 14, 1946, which means that when he was inaugurated on January 20, 2017 he was still 70. As Jon Althouse Cohen points out on Facebook, “When the media get basic facts like the candidates’ ages wrong, you have to wonder how much to trust their reporting on more complex matters.” Not much. And while anyone can make a mistake, there’s a certain directionality to their errors most of the time.

MEMORIES: “Former vice president Joe Biden exploded at a Democratic Senate colleague for blocking anti-busing legislation in the Judiciary Committee, calling him a ‘dirty bastard’ and a ‘son of a bitch’ during the hearing.” Back when it was actually a thing, busing was deeply unpopular with both black and white voters. Now it’s just another virtue signal for the virtue-signalling left.


MEANWHILE, OVER AT VODKAPUNDIT: Joe Biden and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week. “It took a week of getting slagged in the press, a week where Biden couldn’t talk about much else, before he finally admitted defeat and made a major apology speech. That’s a week of lost campaigning, topped off with the embarrassment of caving to his competitor. For Biden then to have Harris partly reject his apology adds even more embarrassment.”

Of course, it’s only after publishing this piece that I remembered Biden doesn’t seem to be very capable of embarrassment.

JOHN NOLTE: Democrats Just Had Their Worst Week in 47 Years. “Not since the 1972 discovery that George McGovern’s vice presidential pick, Thomas Eagleton, had been hospitalized and given electroshock treatments have the Democrats had a worse week than the one we just concluded.”

The Fake News Media Is the Only Shrinking Institution in America’s Booming Economy

Before 2019 is over, there will be upwards of 12,000 job cuts within the American media. That’s 12,000 fewer Democrat foot soldiers; 12,000 fewer propagandists, serial liars, cheerleaders, and toadies to hold Antifa’s jacket as they beat elderly Trump supporters to death with crowbars.

Every industry in Trump’s America is expanding and thriving … except for the media.

What’s more, the Democrats primary propaganda outlet, the far-left CNN, is hemorrhaging viewers like an Ebola victim hemorrhages solid foods.

Where’s your god now, Jeff Zucker?

Democrats Lost “The Sane One” Joe Biden

Slow Joe will always be the stupid one, the gaffe machine on the verge of imploding, but he has now openly embraced gun confiscation, taxpayer-funded abortions, the banning of every gun currently being manufactured (except those stupid “smart guns”), raising everyone’s taxes, and putting an end to deportations of illegal immigrants. And now, we don’t really know where Creepy Joe stands on awarding health insurance to illegals and decriminalizing illegal immigration because he’s flip-flopping all over the place on those two.

The so-called “sane one” is an aging moron ready to take our guns, ban all the others, and force us to pay for an illegal alien’s abortion.

Much more at the link, but as always, don’t get cocky.

STEPHEN KRUISER: Reeling, Entitled Joe Biden Shocked That Kamala Harris Came After Him.

FASTER, PLEASE: Joe Biden: If Trump Wins 2020 NATO Will Cease to Exist in 4-5 Years.

That’s not the scare tactic Biden thinks it is. NATO allows Europe to exist as a sort of giant college campus with endless welfare benefits, thanks to the largesse of America.

But as Glenn has noted, “Trump is a symptom of a new kind of class warfare raging at home and abroad:” “But the New Class isn’t limited to communist countries, really. Around the world in the postwar era, power was taken up by unelected professional and managerial elites. To understand what’s going on with President Donald Trump and his opposition, and in other countries as diverse as France, Hungary, Italy and Brazil, it’s important to realize that the post-World War II institutional arrangements of the Western democracies are being renegotiated, and that those democracies’ professional and managerial elites don’t like that very much, because they have done very well under those arrangements. And, like all elites who are doing very well, they don’t want that to change.”

THEY DON’T CALL HIM “CREEPY JOE” FOR NOTHING: Biden warns Democratic rivals he’s got ‘all this information about other people’s pasts.’

SUPERCUT: Joe Biden: A Life Of Platitudes.


SLOW JOE: Biden vows to bring back Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty for not having insurance.

“Yes, I’d bring back the individual mandate,” Biden said in an interview on CNN. The individual mandate would be popular now, “compared to what’s being offered,” he added.

So popular people won’t buy it unless it’s under penalty of law.

VIRGINIA CLOWN SHOW UPDATE: Charlottesville, Virginia will no longer celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

If you remember, Joe Biden officially launched his campaign for president with a video in which he perpetuated the #CharlottesvilleHoax — the often repeated lie that President Trump had called neo-Nazis who had rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, “fine people.” The unedited video clearly shows the president denouncing them: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally,” he says.

The two sides to which he was referring were those who wanted all symbols of the Confederacy taken down and those who wanted to preserve them as historical items. And he asked a good question: where does it stop? Do we erase Thomas Jefferson and George Washington from history because they were slave owners?

As Kate of Small Dead Animals likes to say, “Visit The Washington Monument While You Still Can.”