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Tim Donner: As the southern border, which was a chief focus of the Trump administration, quickly descends back into a state of crisis, the pressure is on the new chief executive to figure it out. But it’s going to be hard considering that Joe Biden the candidate promised in 2020 to stop construction of Donald Trump’s border wall and essentially open up the borders that Trump had secured or closed. Remember this promise by Biden during the presidential campaign repeated on more than one occasion?
Joe Biden: We should not be locking people up. We should be making sure we change the circumstance as we did, why they would leave in the first place. And those who come seeking asylum, we should immediately have the capacity to absorb them, keep them safe until they can be heard.
Reporter: Should someone who is here without documents and that is his only offense, should that person be deported?
Joe Biden: That person should not be the focus of deportation.
Tim: So many problems with that. First, Biden is learning how much easier it is to say something like “We need to immediately accept anyone seeking asylum” than to actually enforce such a policy, which would likely overrun the country. Second, that he’d be naive enough to believe we can just release them into society and they’ll show up for their hearings. They mostly don’t. But, third, people like Biden who make a career out of politics do so by promising just about anything that’ll get them elected. And then they famously turn around and say they can’t fulfill the promise for whatever reason.
But in this case, you’ve got hundreds of thousands of immigrants banking on that promise enough to make the dangerous trek north, expecting to be greeted at the border, but who instead are now being locked up in — you guessed it — those same cages built by Barack Obama, but for which Trump was called a racist. See how that works? But now, much to their chagrin, even the transparently pro-Biden Trump-deranged elite media, in the person of George Stephanopoulos at ABC News, are being forced to ask the president about it, and he answers as, well, only Joe Biden can.
Joe Biden: We’re sending back people to … First of all, the idea that Joe Biden said, “Come,” because I heard the other day that they’re coming because they know I’m a nice guy and I won’t do what Trump did.
George Stephanopoulos: They’re saying this.
Joe Biden: Yeah. Well, here’s the deal. They’re not.
George Stephanopoulos: Do you have to say quite clearly, “Don’t come”?
Joe Biden: Yes. I can say quite clearly, “Don’t come.”
Tim: Hope you can figure out just what he said, but it feels a bit different having to actually deal with a major problem that hasn’t been settled for decades instead of just throwing verbal grenades from the cheap seats in a political campaign, huh, Mr. President?
But much has been made in recent days about Biden’s friendship with the increasingly embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who appears to be hanging on to his job by a thread with the count of women claiming sexual misconduct by Cuomo now at seven and rising by the week. But this week, the president took the first big step toward throwing his old friend Andrew under the bus.
George Stephanopoulos: If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign?
Joe Biden: Yes. I think he’d probably end up being prosecuted too. A woman should be presumed to telling (sic) the truth and should not be scapegoated and become victimized by her coming forward … And by the way, it may very well be that there could be a criminal prosecution that is attached to it.
Tim: Well, so much for old friends in this era of wokeness. If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. Harry Truman said it, and it’s been true ever since, and probably before that. But with seven women now coming forward, we see the continuation of a pattern from recent years where the first woman coming forward opens the floodgates for other silent victims. And so says Debra Katz, attorney for one of the accusers, a 25-year-old former adviser to Cuomo named Charlotte Bennett.
Debra Katz: I think it’s a very difficult and highly personal decision about whether to come forward. Most women don’t. Most women fear retaliation. And in fact, the EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] has done a comprehensive study of why women come forward and what happens to women when they come forward. And there’s strong evidence that people experience sometimes career-derailing retaliation. So for those who are still working with the governor, they need to feel confident that if they come forward, nothing will happen to them in the workplace. And for those women, they may choose to go straight to the investigators rather than coming forward publicly. But it’s a very personal choice and people are quite scared of him.
Tim: And for good reason. The Cuomo family, from father Mario to the sons and the others who need not be named, has held substantial political power to the point of what you might call something of a political dynasty.
And while Cuomo takes a beating on the East Coast, his counterpart on the Left Coast, California Governor Gavin Newsom, will face a recall election after organizers easily exceeded the 1.5 million signatures needed to put the recall on the ballot. And every bit the politician as his East Coast brother-in-arms Andrew Cuomo, Newsom says his opponents have been relentless and blames his fate not on widespread anger over his COVID lockdown policy or him getting caught flagrantly violating it at a ritzy restaurant, but right-wing hate groups.
Gavin Newsom: This is the sixth recall effort in just 25 months since I’ve been governor, you have people that are part of the lead coalition that started this petition that are avid Proud Boy members. They’re part of the three percenters, the right-wing militia group. They are supporters of QAnon conspiracy theorists, white supremacist groups. That’s factual. And so at the end of the day, that’s the origins of this.
Tim: So instead of accepting some blame or apologizing or both for his pandemic policy, he tries to blame, essentially, Trump. I’m wondering what the over-under is for how long they can get away with blaming Trump for everything, except, of course, the things he did, like the vaccine, which they’re now taking credit for.
But in the nation’s capital, Democrats in the House are all atwitter about passing a COVID relief bill, which is only in small part about the checks we’re supposed to get soon for $1,400. That’s why they’re calling it a stimulus because in a $1.9 trillion package, less than 10% is actually financial relief for people who lost their jobs during the pandemic. The rest is typical Washington pork but made to sound like a landmark achievement by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY).
Chuck Schumer: It’s such a major piece of legislation. It’s the most significant change for middle-class people, for poor people, people trying to get into the middle-class in decades in a very long time. And it has amazing things in it. How did we do all of this? We had democratic unity. I think, look, I have a diverse caucus from Bernie Sanders to Joe Manchin, and we have no margin for error with 50 votes. But every member of our caucus, to each of his or her credit, realized that we had to get this done.
Tim: So the stimulus bill also includes a child tax credit and billions of dollars for public schools and public health programs. But once this mostly popular bill is passed and people get a bit of a jingle in their pocket, they’ll be looking at what’s left: the heart of the progressive agenda. And rest assured it will be guided by wokeness to the extreme. Now recently author and psychologist Gad Saad listed his first five reasons that our society is descending into what he calls ultimate lunacy. Today we list his reasons six through ten.
Gad Saad: Six, it is now Islamophobic to criticize any tenets of Islam. Seven, it is now science denialism to question the ongoing COVID lockdowns. Eight, it is now science denialism to question any tenets stemming from climate change alarmists. Nine, it is now epistemological bigotry to support the scientific method as the means by which you adjudicate scientific hypotheses. Ten, it is now racist to argue that mathematics yields right and wrong answers.
Tim (laughing hysterically): Racist to argue that mathematics yields right and wrong answers? So where was that wokeness in math class when I needed it? We’ll bring back Mr. Saad in the weeks ahead to summarize more for us America’s slow descent into ultimate lunacy.
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