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 all eyes on the 46th president of the United States, we pray Joe Biden will act with wisdom, honor, and courage in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine, but the signs are hardly promising. In fact, this president is playing into the worst stereotype of himself, ad-libbing lines that have to be immediately walked back. In fact, a trio of gaffes, as we reached the first month of the war in Ukraine, has set everyone on edge, even as he later denied saying what he said or meaning what he said.
Reporter: If chemical weapons were used in Ukraine, would that trigger a military response from NATO?
Joe Biden: It would trigger a response in kind.
Biden in Poland discussing Ukraine: Look at how they’re stepping up. Look at how they’re stepping up. And you’re going to see, when you’re there, and some of you have been there.
Biden speech: We will have a different future, a brighter future, rooted in democracy and principle, hope and light, of decency and dignity, of freedom and possibilities. For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.
Biden responding to criticism: I’m not walking anything back. The fact of the matter is, I was expressing the moral outrage I felt toward the way Putin is dealing, and the actions of this man, just brutality.
Peter Doocy: Are you worried that other leaders in the world are going to start to doubt that America is back, if some of these big things that you say on the world stage keep getting walked back?
Biden: What’s getting walked back?
Doocy: It made it sound like, just in the last couple days, it sounded like you told US troops they were going to Ukraine. It sounded like you said it was possible the US would use a chemical weapon. And it sounded like you were calling for regime change in Russia. And we know it —
Biden: None of the three occurred.
Doocy: None of the three occurred?
Biden: None of the three.
Tim: So this president thinks he can simply deny saying what hundreds of millions of people actually heard him say — only a politician! And the biggest political beneficiary of the disaster that has been this presidency is, of course, the non-politician who preceded Biden.
Donald Trump: You could take the five worst presidents in American history, and put them together, and they would not have done the damage Joe Biden has done in just 15 months. In just over a year, he has managed to kill, literally, kill the American dream.
Tim: That’s Trump at a rally in Georgia, and a poll shortly thereafter from Harvard-Harris shows Trump defeating Biden 47% to 41%. And perhaps the only good news for this president is that, while he trails Trump by six points, his vice president Kamala Harris, who was supposed to be lined up to run on her own in 2024, trails by 11 points.
But before we get to 2024, here come the midterm elections this November with Republicans poised to make enormous gains, not through anything they’ve done, but because of how toxic the Democratic Party brand has become. The GOP might take control of the Senate, but it almost certainly will gain the majority in the House. And the third-ranking House Republican, Elise Stefanik (R-NY), promises that when they do, they will blow the doors off the scandal surrounding Hunter Biden that was suppressed by elite media during the presidential campaign.
Elise Stefanik: Big Tech colluded with the mainstream media to censor this story. We’ve always known the laptop is real, but we are going to hold this administration accountable, hold the president and his family accountable … Hunter Biden’s investments in the Chinese Communist Party, potential pay to play and corruption and criminal issues, when you have Russian oligarchs funneling millions of dollars to Biden family businesses. Joe Biden’s meeting, when he was sitting vice president, with shady characters. And the big guy, we know the big guy is Joe Biden. We need to have Hunter Biden under oath. If he won’t testify, he needs to be subpoenaed.
Tim: Well, she certainly sounds serious about this, doesn’t she? But the Republican who’s making the most noise and the biggest splash right now is the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who seems destined to run for president one of these days and is behaving as such, recently signing into law a ban on public schools teaching very young children about sex, which is somehow a controversial idea these days. The left has derided the bill as the so-called Don’t Say Gay law, but DeSantis proudly spoke of the reasons for it, both general and specific.
Ron DeSantis: We have seen curriculum embedded for very, very young children, classroom materials, about sexuality and woke gender ideology. We’ve seen libraries that have, clearly, inappropriate pornographic materials for very young kids. And we’ve seen services that were given to students without the consent, or even knowledge, of their parents across the country … Martin County had a gender transition plan that can be implemented without the parents’ consent … Then Florida and other places’ school, for very young kids, now has The Genderbread Man, so this is trying to sow doubt about kids, about their gender identity.
Tim: Indeed, that is the agenda of the progressive movement: emasculate the country and tear down traditional notions of male and female. Google lists 72 separate gender identities, 72. And one of the places most enthusiastic to promote gender fluidity, of course, is Hollywood, which got a black eye of mammoth proportions, larger than even the one Chris Rock likely got after the slap heard around the world by Will Smith. And their colleague, Jim Carrey, went into deep lament about Smith getting a standing-O after that, and the lost glamour of his industry.
Jim Carrey: You do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face, because they said words … I was sickened. I was sickened by the standing ovation. I felt like Hollywood is just spineless, en masse. And it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore.
Tim: Indeed, for Hollywood, as for Joe and Kamala, the thrill is gone. Many would say long gone.