Don’t look. Nothing to see here.
H/T Washington Examiner.
Don’t look. Nothing to see here.
H/T Washington Examiner.
Headed out of the White House to Iowa, where both he and Joe Biden will be making appearances Tuesday, President Trump called Biden a loser and a mental weakling.
“I’d rather run against, I think, Biden than anybody. I think he’s the weakest mentally and I like running against people that are weak mentally. I think Joe is the weakest up here,” Trump said pointing to his head. “The other ones have much more energy.”
Trump predicted, not unreasonably, that Biden’s front-running campaign is headed for a fall.
“I heard Biden, who’s a loser, I mean look, Joe never got more than 1% … It looks like he’s failing, it looks like his friends from the Left are going to overtake him very soon,” he said.
Joe Biden confirmed that Hallie Biden, who is the widow of his son Beau, is now dating Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s youngest son.
“We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness. They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them,” Biden told the New York Post’s Page Six.
Beau Biden died from brain cancer at the age of 46 in May 2015.
Vice President Joe Biden has injected race into the presidential campaign — by linking Donald Trump, the popular GOP front-runner, with xenophobic and racist movements of the past.
The line of attack augers a broader war against Trump and his ideas about immigration, one waged by both Democrats and establishment Republicans that charges Trump is stirring latent intolerance within the GOP.
Speaking during a celebration at the vice president’s residence of Hispanic Heritage Month, Biden charged that Trump was a throwback to the Know Nothing Party, a sometimes violently anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant movement that flourished briefly in the 1850s.
“I want you to remember, notwithstanding the fact that one guy absolutely denigrated an entire group of people, appealing to the baser side of human nature, working on this notion of xenophobia in a way that hasn’t occurred in a long time, since the Know Nothing party at the end of the 19th century.”
Biden said Trump is offering a “sick message” on immigration, linking him to past racism in America by invoking the 1960s civil rights theme, “We Shall Overcome.”
“It’s about a sick message,” Biden said. “This message has been tried on America many times before. We always, always, always, always, always overcome.”
By invoking past bigotry to a Hispanic audience, Biden is implicitly casting as racist Trump’s wildly enthusiastic backers, who according to polls make up nearly a third of the Republican Party.
Suggestions of intolerance against those concerned about too much immigration from Mexico and Central America are not unique to Democrats. The Wall Street Journal editorial page regularly rings with the charge that nativism animates those who want to slow immigration.
Speaking in 2011 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, former President George W. Bush suggested xenophobia was driving views not just on immigration, but on trade and non-interventionism in foreign wars as well.
“What’s interesting about our country, if you study history, is that there are some ‘isms’ that occasionally pop up — pop up. One is isolationism and its evil twin protectionism and its evil triplet nativism,” Bush said.
“So if you study the ’20s, for example, there was — there was an American first policy that said who cares what happens in Europe?” he continued. “And there was an immigration policy that I think during this period argued we had too many Jews and too many Italians, therefore we should have no immigrants. And my point is that we’ve been through this kind of period of isolationism, protectionism and nativism. I’m a little concerned that we may be going through the same period.”
Biden’s remarks have the ring of an incipient presidential campaign, for which corralling Latino voters — both in the primaries and the general election — will be critical. And the attack indicates Biden is willing to take the nasty campaign President Obama ran against Mitt Romney in 2012 and double down on the vitriol.
Biden suggested Trump lacks decency.
“The American people are decent,” Biden said. “I don’t want anybody to be down right now about what’s going on in the Republican Party.”
Biden seemed to contrast Trump’s message with that of Pope Francis, who visits the United States next week.
Shortly after the GOP debate, “the most popular man in the world is about to come to the United States of America,” Biden said. “Why is he so popular? Because he says, ‘Whatever you do unto the least of my brethren you do unto me.’”
While denigrating millions of Republicans, Biden tried to also cast himself as benevolent, suggesting he wasn’t talking about most in the GOP and that Trump backers would change their views.
“This will pass,” Biden said. “The Trump and that stuff you’re hearing on the other team” isn’t about Democrat, Republican.
“Look, you’re talking about somebody who’s talking about a minority within a minority party within a minority,” Biden said.
Actually, the Republican Party is the majority party, in charge of both houses of Congress.
This post first appeared on the other website I edit, PoliZette.
Vice President Joe Biden will not attend Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress, Politico is reporting.
The stated reason is that Biden will be out of the country. Whether the White House arranged a trip to avoid having to send Biden is not clear. I wouldn’t put it beyond them. The White House claims planning has been underway for some time.
It’s not clear yet where he’s going.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today indicated it was uncertain whether Vice President Biden would attend next month’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress, saying, in effect, that it would depend on whether Biden can work it into his schedule.
“The vice president’s schedule for that week has not yet been set,” Earnest said near the beginning of the briefing. But Earnest later seemed to contradict himself, noting that other factors, such as whether Biden’s attendance could be perceived as affecting the upcoming Israeli election, will come into play.
The White House claims concern about affecting the election, which occurs two weeks after Netanyahu’s March 3, speech, is the reason why President Obama refuses to meet with Netanyahu while he is in the country.
Nevertheless, Earnest seemed to indicate Biden’s appearance was likely – though he didn’t specifically say so – noting that it is Biden’s “ceremonial role” as “president of the Senate” to attend speeches to Congress, and that he had only missed one, when he was out of the country.
But Earnest’s response seemed an attempt by the White House to mutedly express what is said to be its extraordinary anger at what Earnest said was a “breach of protocol” in which the Congress circumvented the White House and invited an foreign leader to address it, and the foreign leader accepted.
Earnest dodged a question about whether President Obama wants Biden to go, saying it was dependent on Biden’s schedule. And he refused to counsel lawmakers to attend, saying, “Individual members of Congress ought to decide for themselves” whether to go to the speech.
An article in Politico today indicated that Biden and many Democrats might not attend the speech.
“one of the factors” whether it would influence
Sorry, everyone, I just can’t resist.
H/T The Blaze
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White House Dossier has obtained an exclusive transcript of a conversation in the vice president’s West Wing office in which White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough informed Vice President Biden that Biden would be going to Afghanistan as part of a trade for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was kidnapped by the Taliban. We present… Continue Reading