Editor’s Note: Say What? is the segment of Liberty Nation Radio where we unveil some of the most wacky, astonishing, and damnable things uttered by politicians and the chattering class.
Tim Donner: With President Donald Trump hammering away at Joe Biden day after day following a widely praised Republican National Convention, the Democrat nominee has seen his large lead start to dwindle, particularly in the battleground states, which will ultimately decide the election. So Biden went to Pittsburgh in the key swing state of Pennsylvania and made a speech in a warehouse before a crowd of, wait for it, five people, all members of the media, none of whom were allowed to ask questions. Biden started with a transparent attempt to lay blame for the widespread violence in cities all run by Democrats at the feet of Donald Trump.
Joe Biden: This is a sitting president of the United States of America. He’s supposed to be protecting this country, but instead he’s rooting for chaos and violence. The simple truth is Donald Trump failed to protect America. So now he’s trying to scare America.
Tim: So let’s do a hypocrisy check on that. Democrats did not even mention the chaos in the streets at their convention after allowing the riots to continue unabated for months. Trump did about the only thing he could do, offered to send in the National Guard, but was largely refused except when the damage had already been done, the property and businesses already destroyed, so many lives already ruined. And now Biden and the left say it was Trump supporters who were causing the destruction. Nice try. But when it comes to doublespeak and in absence of principle, Biden was just getting warmed up. Pennsylvania is an energy state, a top producer of fossil fuels; a boon to their economy in recent years has been fracking, a revolutionary drilling technique developed over the last decade or so. Biden said last week that he was not against fracking. But then listen to multiple comments stating the opposite in recent months.
Sept. 2020 …
Joe Biden: I am not banning fracking. Let me say that again. I am not banning fracking no matter how many times Donald Trump lies about me.
On separate occasions over the last 15 months …
Joe Biden: No more, no new fracking.
Joe Biden: We are getting rid of fossil fuels.
Questioner: Would there be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration?
Joe Biden: No. We would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated.
Joe Biden: I guarantee you. I guarantee you, we’re going to end fossil fuel.
Joe Biden: No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends.
Questioner: As president, would you be willing to sacrifice some of that (economic) growth, even knowing potentially that it could displace thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of blue-collar workers in the interest of transitioning to that greener economy?
Joe Biden: The answer is yes. The answer is yes.
Tim: That is what lawyers call prima facie evidence of rank hypocrisy, or political doublespeak if you will. But perhaps the most remarkable takeaway from that is the incompetence of the Biden campaign. How could they let their candidate go out there and reverse a position he stated that many times on camera? How they could do that is literally breathtaking, political malpractice at the highest level, and proof that Joe Biden will say anything, change any position, support any trending cause, for the sake of political expediency. He’s presenting as a politician empty at his core.
But then there’s the woman who’s actually the most powerful Democrat in the nation right now, Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House, moralizing about her deep concern for COVID victims, trashing the president and his supporters for the spread of COVID, and not wearing a mask when she was caught on camera getting her hair done while the regular citizens of her district are restricted from doing the same. But that’s not even the worst part. Listen to the way Pelosi issued an apology while signaling her own innocence.
Nancy Pelosi: I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’d been to over the years, many times, and that when they said we’re able to accommodate people, one person at a time, and that we can set up that time, I trusted that. As it turns out, it was a set-up. So I take responsibility for falling for a set-up.
Tim: I don’t even need to explain the hypocrisy and doublespeak there. But let’s complete the trilogy of Democratic hypocrisy. With Democrats far and wide blaming Trump for inciting the violence in the streets, belying the fact that every riot-torn city has been run by Democrats, usually for decades, one of, if not the most, powerful governor in the country, Andrew Cuomo of New York, responded to Trump’s statement that he’d consider cutting federal funding to states that refused to control their mobs by publicly threatening the president of the United States if he ever sets foot in New York again.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY): He can’t come back to New York. He can’t. He’s going to walk down the street in New York? Forget bodyguards, he better have an army if he thinks he’s going to walk down the street in New York.
Tim: So this is what it has come to. The governor of the second-largest state in the nation, publicly threatening the president of the United States.
A civil war is on in words at least — and increasingly in deeds.
But leftists are not limiting their strategy to fighting words against Trump. They’re also trying to convince their supporters not to believe their lying eyes even as they seem to concede that Biden will appear to lose the election. I know, it makes no sense to me either, but listen to this narrative concocted by the online site Axios and Bloomberg News, a red mirage.
Democratic political strategist on Axios TV: The reason we talk about a red mirage is in fact because we believe that on election night we are going to see Donald Trump in a stronger position than the reality actually is. The data is going to show on election night an incredible victory for Donald Trump. That is likely to be what we see when every legitimate vote is tallied and we get to that final day, which will be someday after Election Day. It will, in fact, show that what happened on election night was exactly that, a mirage. It looked like Donald Trump was in the lead and he fundamentally was not when every ballot gets counted.
Reporter: Why should I listen to you?
Strategist: In most every year, Democrats are more likely to vote by mail than Republicans. And that has only increased this cycle.
Tim: What does it say that Democrats vote by mail about three and a half times as often as Republicans? But the takeaway here is that no matter the outcome, Joe Biden is being instructed by various forces on the left to never concede because Democrats might be able to find enough votes among the mail-ins to flip things after Election Day. The fact that Axios, which tries to tout itself as above partisanship, is openly promoting a scheme based on wild speculation is further evidence that the media are supporting the Democratic candidate more openly and audaciously than ever. That is the Trump effect.
But the issue of Black Lives Matter has started to turn, as popular support for the Marxist group is cratering and black Trump supporters are starting to show themselves — as demonstrated by a group of black men who confronted Black Lives Matter protesters.
Black Trump supporter #1: He wanted to talk some nonsense about where this country really is, that it’s stolen land. I asked him, “Well then who do we give it back to?” He had no answer, which most of their arguments have no answers … If you want to build something, get a job so you put your taxes back into your city. That’s called building something, or start your own business. That’s what this country is about. It’s not about getting some minimum-wage job that you hope pays for your life. It’s about you getting out and making your own way.
Black Trump supporter #2: Trying to get them to understand like first, answer the question. Because we give him a question for him to answer … Because Donald Trump is racist. Well, how’s he racist? Uh, uh, uh. That’s it.
Tim: The protesters have no answers because they want to tear down the system first and figure out what to replace it with once everything collapses.
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