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Political Editors / August 26, 2021

In Brief: Hey, Biden Voters!

You didn’t have a clue about how power works in the real world.

“You’re American citizens, with the right to vote in presidential elections,” writes author Bruce Bawer. And you should have known better than to vote for Joe Biden.

For four years, we had a president who, over the course of a single term, managed to undo a great deal of the mischief wrought, and a great many of the mistakes made, by his recent predecessors. Trump revived America’s economy, shored up Americans’ individual liberties, forged several remarkable peace agreements, and greatly strengthened our international position — thus firmly checking the ambitions of our powerful adversaries.

But, Biden voters, he had a personality that rubbed you the wrong way. He wrote nasty tweets. In the language of TV production, he was too “hot.” You wanted “cool.”

The Democrats put up a candidate who was plainly in mental decline. It was obvious every time he spoke. But you didn’t pay terribly close attention to his speeches. The sources from which you get your “news” carefully clipped out all of the bits of his appearances in which his befuddlement was manifest. If you heard someone speak out about his senility, you dismissed the charges out of hand.

Bawer takes on the news media, which exercised gross bias in shredding Donald Trump at every turn while covering up Biden’s sins and corruption. Did the media report Trump’s successes? Shoring up NATO? Peace deals in the Middle East? Nope. Now look at our allies and the Middle East.

Worse, Bawer says, was the arrogance:

You looked down on Trump voters. “How can you be so stupid?” you actually asked us to our faces. Because you saw Trump as stupid. You weren’t able to explain how somebody stupid could achieve the kind of spectacular success he did in New York real estate. You also saw him as evil — which meant we, his supporters, were evil, too. How, you demanded, could we be so evil?

It never occurred to you to reflect on the fact that Trump the businessman had never been accused of racism or homophobia or any of the forms of bigotry of which Trump the candidate and Trump the president was accused every day. It never occurred to you that those of us who hadn’t taken Trump seriously when his campaign began, but who later cheered him on enthusiastically, might have been paying closer attention — or might know more, or both — than you did. …

You railed against Trump. But Biden? You showed no interest in knowing who Biden really was. You were so full of hatred for Trump — a hatred reinforced every day by the rote lies you heard from your sources on CNN, MSNBC, and elsewhere — that you took it for granted that Biden could only be better.

“Well, now you know” different,“ Bawer concludes. "At least I hope you know. If you don’t know now, you never will.”

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