Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 1, 2020

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‘I Can’t Believe I’m Losing to This Guy’

Douglas Andrews

Our nation’s enemies must be licking their chops at the latest polling, which shows Joe Biden with a comfortable lead over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race. It’s still early, though, and those of us with a stake in the future can thank our lucky stars for it.

“I’ve been tested, and I’m constantly tested,” said Biden yesterday at an under-the-radar public appearance at a high school in Delaware. He was responding to a question about his cognitive health, and his answer wasn’t exactly reassuring to anyone who understands the stakes here. This is a man, after all, who right now has at least an even-money shot to be our next president.

The Democrats’ plan is no secret: They’re going to keep their guy locked in his basement while they stir up racial strife, talk down the economy, and blame Trump for a Chinese pandemic. Doing so, they hope, will convince enough voters to opt for change — any change — and allow them to drag Biden’s cognitive corpse across the finish line on November 3.

As Victor Davis Hanson put it, “Inserting memorized answers into rehearsed questions, as if the entire con was spontaneous, only reveals how his once episodic dementia has become chronic as he loses his prompt and place. It was understandable that his handlers saw opportunity in secluding Biden during Trump’s tweeting, alongside the contagion, the lockdown, the recession, and the rioting that in voters’ minds had equated fear of chaos with the culpability of the current commander in chief.”

Hanson added this insightful point: “Seclusion, quiet, and the absence of intellectual stimuli often only enhance dementia, while travel, conversation, and new imagery and experiences tend to unclog for a bit the congested neuron pathways. The more Biden ‘rests up,’ the more he seems to be non compos mentis in his rare staged interviews. His brain is like a flabby muscle, and restful disuse does not make it firmer.”

If you’re thinking that most folks haven’t yet tuned in to the presidential race, you’re probably right. But think about this: On Monday, a Rasmussen poll found that 38% of likely voters — including 20% of Democrats — believe Biden has dementia (another poll put the number at 55%). Perhaps even more remarkably, only 48% of voters don’t believe Biden has dementia. Thus, the 77-year-old whom Democrat voters believe should safeguard our nation from the likes of Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and the Iranian mullahs can’t even scare up a majority of voters who think he’s of sound mind.

Yeeeesh.

And yet Joe Biden — God love him! — is nonetheless leading President Trump by nearly 10 points according to the latest RealClearPolitics polling average.

The American voter might yet bail us out, though. That same Rasmussen poll told us that 61% of all voters believe it’s important for Biden to address the dementia issue publicly, with 41% saying it’s “very important.”

This is the same Joe Biden who yesterday couldn’t distinguish between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. And who, at a pre-COVID campaign stop in Texas, told a wincing crowd, “We hold these truths to be self-ul evident. All men and women created … by the … g'oh, you know the, you know the thing.”

The thing. The Declaration of Independence. You know, the thing.

“I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against,” said Joe Biden yesterday. To this we might caution his brave-faced handlers: Be careful what you wish for.

As for President Trump, he must be feeling like comedian Jon Lovitz in that long-ago “Saturday Night Live” skit, when he played former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis opposite Dana Carvey’s George H.W. Bush.

“Governor Dukakis, rebuttal?”

“I can’t believe I’m losing to this guy.”

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SCOTUS Ruling a Small Win for Religious Liberty, School Choice

Thomas Gallatin

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Montana’s ban on religious schools receiving tax credits allocated to private schools violated the Constitution. In Tuesday’s 5-4 decision, the increasingly political Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Court’s conservatives to form the majority opinion in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.

While the Montana law was the focus of the case, the larger implication of the High Court’s ruling is that it cements SCOTUS’s repudiation of the remaining vestiges of the anti-Catholic Blaine Amendment, the failed 1875 constitutional amendment that Justice Brett Kavanaugh called “grotesque religious bigotry” but that took hold in 38 of the 50 states.

The Montana Supreme Court had sought to solve the issue by scrapping the scholarship program entirely rather than address the anti-religious bias of the state’s Blaine law. “The Montana Supreme Court invalidated the program pursuant to a state law provision that expressly discriminates on the basis of religious status,” Roberts noted. “The Court applied that provision to hold that religious schools were barred from participating in the program. Then, seeing no other ‘mechanism’ to make absolutely sure that religious schools received no aid, the court chose to invalidate the entire program.” Roberts also observed that the Montana Supreme Court’s solution was dubious as it was “to the detriment of religious and non-religious schools alike.”

Furthermore, Roberts noted, “A state need not subsidize private education. But once a state decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious.”

President Donald Trump, who supported the plaintiffs in the case, praised the decision. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany expressed Trump’s sentiments, stating that the president “believes that school choice is a civil-rights issue, and that no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school.”

Predictably, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten blasted the ruling as dangerous, predicting that it would “be responsible for unleashing a virtual earthquake in this country that threatens both religious liberty and public education.” Interesting how a ruling that effectively puts greater freedom and power into parents’ hands to choose what’s best for their own children’s educational needs is declared by a teachers’ union to be a “threat.”

While this ruling is a win for religious liberty and school choice, it amounts to a pittance when compared to the huge loss Americans suffered to their religious liberty in the Court’s disastrous Bostock v. Clayton County. Another 5-4 split also shows just how precariously our rights still hang in the balance.

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The Left’s Political Spin of ‘Failed’ COVID Response

Louis DeBroux

Is it any wonder that millions of Americans no longer have faith in our national institutions? That so many are so confused as to the correct response to the China Virus? While the reality of the virus (infection rates, death rates, transmission vectors, etc.) is science-based, there’s clearly a political agenda behind the narrative being spun by politicians and the media.

The media and the Democrat Party (but we repeat ourselves) seem driven by a desire to tear down this nation and this president, even during a global pandemic. They seem absolutely triumphant over every morsel of bad news while they minimize any good news.

For example, the media has excoriated Republican governors in Florida, Texas, and Arizona for reopening their states too soon, blaming them for a recent spike in infections. But why?

While it’s true that there was a spike in infections following the states’ reopenings, we knew that would occur. Too many folks forget that the whole point of “flattening the curve” was never to prevent infections or deaths (an impossibility until we have herd immunity or a vaccine) but to spread out the infections so as to not overwhelm the hospital system.

Once that was accomplished (and it was), there was no reason to keep the nation on lockdown. In fact, there was every reason not to. Even if some COVID-19 deaths were delayed or prevented by lockdowns, they were more than offset by increased deaths from undiagnosed or untreated cancer, diabetes, hypertension, etc., and increased suicide rates related to skyrocketing unemployment and economic collapse.

However, what is fascinating is that, even as the number of infections continue to rise, the number of COVID-19 deaths continues to fall. Though the CDC now says that the number of coronavirus cases may be as much as 10 times higher than reported, the seven-day average of daily COVID-19 deaths has dropped from 952 deaths per day a month ago to 615 on June 19 and then to 548 on June 29. This is good news, since it means that the death rate is substantially lower than originally believed.

As far as the Republican governors, they made the prudent decision to begin phased reopenings based on the data they had at the time, which showed it was feasible. And while many of their critics claim they have made the U.S. an embarrassment on the world stage by their incompetent handling of the virus, the reality is these red states have much better numbers than Europe.

Far from being failures, the red-state openings should be praised for balancing the ongoing risks of the virus with the greater risks of extended shutdowns.

These states began phased reopenings around the same time as European nations began to reopen. France reopened shops and schools on May 11, and Italy opened shops, bars, and restaurants on May 18. Germany began even earlier, reopening shops on April 20 and bars and restaurants on May 15.

By comparison, Texas allowed restaurants and malls to reopen at 25% capacity on May 1 and bars on May 22. Florida allowed restaurants and stores to reopen May 4 at 25% capacity, increasing to 50% on May 15. On June 5, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis let bars open at 50% capacity, except Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, which had higher numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Even factoring in recent spikes, the U.S. is well below Europe in deaths per 100,000 people. The death rates for England (66), Spain (61), Italy (57), and France (44) are well above the U.S. overall (38). Meanwhile, Arizona (21), Florida (15), and Texas (8) are far below both Europe and the U.S. overall average.

These same critics of Republican governors heap praise on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s disastrous handling of the pandemic, despite his state having a death rate (161) nearly eight times higher than Arizona’s and almost 20 times higher than Texas’s. In fact, 11 of the 12 deadliest states for COVID-19 are run by Democrats.

Even California, which initially seemed to have escaped the worst of the pandemic, has seen a rapid rise in infections in recent weeks. After taking a few politically motivated jabs at President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbot, Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of medicine at UC-San Francisco, admits, “While CA got most of the nat'l press for being a star pupil, TX [numbers] were equally good. This, of course, is an inconvenient truth for those who prefer a simple narrative that attributes everything to clueless, right-wing politicians… or to a caricatured view of the populace that says that everybody in CA acts perfectly & everybody in TX is a careless ignoramus.”

With the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic, Democrats again see a weapon to take down President Trump. The virus dominates the national headlines, and Democrats are eager to blame Trump for every death in order to defeat him in November.

The CDC repeatedly bungled the coronavirus response, and the World Health Organization repeatedly hid the sins of the Communist Chinese Party, which allowed a local epidemic to become a global pandemic. Then Democrat governors shut down churches and arrested small-business owners for violating stay-at-home orders while they praised protesters, rioters, and looters.

With such a politically motivated agenda, it should be no surprise that concerned, rational Americans are now highly skeptical of authority figures.

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Putin Prefers Biden

Nate Jackson

Russia, Russia, Russia. It’s about all we heard for the better part of three years from Democrats, as they screamed and hollered that Donald Trump won the presidency because of the Russians and is therefore a Kremlin stooge. They started it all over again late last week with the story alleging Russian bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In 2016, the question was whether the Russians preferred Trump or Hillary “Reset” Clinton. Fast-forward to 2020, and the question is essentially the same: Would Moscow rather deal with Trump or with Sleepy Joe Biden?

To be sure, most Americans probably care far more about the economy, taxes, and other “kitchen table” issues than they do about relations with a second-rate foreign power. Nevertheless, Russia is in fact one of America’s foremost geopolitical foes (yes, Mitt Romney was right), behind only China. And the U.S. president is obviously important because, as they say, personnel is policy.

Russia’s primary interest is not securing a win for a buddy; it’s sowing chaos and trouble for the U.S. Democrats only aid Vladimir Putin when they blame Trump for that discord.

Just since 2008, Putin has invaded neighboring Georgia, sold military hardware to NATO “ally” Turkey, supported Nicolas Maduro’s thug regime in Venezuela, backed Bashar al-Assad in Syria, obstructed embargo efforts against Iran, murdered an innocent Briton, and imprisoned a former U.S. Marine on bogus “spying” charges. And then there’s his interference in 2016. Clearly, whatever causes trouble for the world’s only remaining superpower is Putin’s goal.

So what would Trump and Biden do about the former KGB agent who’s now effectively Russian president for life? We know with Trump. Despite his frustratingly ingratiating rhetoric toward ol’ Vlad, he’s toughened sanctions, withdrawn from treaties Russia has been violating anyway, and supplied the Ukrainians with arms.

The Obama-Biden-Clinton regime, by contrast, refused to arm the Ukrainians, promised “flexibility” to Putin’s puppet Dimitri Medvedev, and gave that infamous and symbolic “reset” button to show what great friends America and Russia could be with a helping of Hope ‘n’ Change™. If Biden wasn’t instrumental in those policy decisions, he at least stands by them and promises a return to that sort of foreign policy.

Which brings us back to the ultimate question: Which candidate would Putin prefer?

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Leftist Word Play

Thomas Gallatin

“We need to have a conversation about… [fill in any myriad of leftist social-justice causes]” is a popular tactic used by today’s “woke” culture that means precisely the opposite of what is suggested. As Power Line’s Steven Hayward puts it, “What ‘we need a conversation’ means in practice is, ‘You shut up and agree with the left.’” Or, in the parlance of “The Princess Bride’s” Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

This Orwellian tactic of subtly redefining words and terms is not new, but it has proven highly effective in both confusing people and intentionally conflating issues. It’s the same tactic used by Black Lives Matter. As we have repeatedly noted, if BLM was truly concerned about ending violence against black lives, then why the objection to focusing on the biggest causes of violence and injustice against blacks in America — the disproportionally high crime rate in black neighborhoods (almost entirely perpetrated by other blacks) and abortion (which takes exponentially more black lives than any other single factor)? It’s impossible to take a complaint or grievance seriously when those espousing it don’t actually mean what they’re saying. Once again, the BLM movement is not really about bettering the lives of black Americans but about pushing a neo-Marxist revolution.

Yet another example of this leftist wordplay is the term “inclusion.” This one is especially popular when a school, organization, or business seeks to justify its decision to dismiss or cancel an individual or relationship with someone with the “wrong” opinion. How many times have we seen the self-contradictory statement, “[So and so] was expelled/fired because they failed to uphold our school/company’s commitment to diversity and ‘inclusion’”? Logically, if leftists claim to be committed to “inclusion,” then how could they “exclude” anyone? The simple answer is that in the Left’s lexicon, “inclusion” refers not to a commitment to accept all individuals but rather to promote the exclusive idea that only the Left’s views are just and virtuous.

In the end, the rallying motto for conservatives concerned with upholding principles of truth and consistency in language might be Accurate Definitions Matter. For without a commitment to consistently accurate definitions, there can be no genuine conversations and no hope for unalloyed unity.

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Christian Political Schizophrenia

Willie Richardson

Where is the church? Where is the church? In this racial, political, socialist, communist, and Marxist climate in America, where are God’s people? I thought being “bold as a lion” was the theme of the Christ follower. I thought “more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus” was the standard of the church. What in the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is going on here in American churches? Should the church be involved in politics or not?

I was invited to a small group this past Sunday evening and the topic of Scripture was from 1 John 3. The Bible spoke for itself in verse 13: “Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.” Hate is such a strong word in today’s climate. Christians don’t want to be hated; they want to be admired. Why do so-called Christians believe they are to be loved and adored for their faith when the Bible clearly speaks of opposition? We claim the only way to true salvation. Don’t you understand that in and of itself ignites a proverbial line in the sand with all types of worldly religions? I guess what I’m trying to say is, where’s the fight? It seems like the coronavirus and the color wars have shut the doors of the church, literally. The physical church doors are shut for the most part and so are the mouths of many so called crusaders for Christ.

At this small group, I was led to speak out against the Black Lives Matter “organization” — to their dismay. I was the only “black” person in the room, so those thoughts coming from me made everyone somewhat uncomfortable and at the same time relieved. They wanted to open up about it because it’s affecting everything around our daily lives. As I shared what BLM was really about — left-wing branch of Marxist communism with a dash of LGBT — they were alarmed. Corporations are jumping on board, NCAA coaches are joining in on the trend, and the church is … silent. Well, except for the “Christian Chicken” CEO Dan Cathy “washing the feet” of a black Christian rapper to show a humble attempt of racial reconciliation. It was a “fail” in a major cringe-worthy way in my humble opinion. Let us all let go of this Christian-Politico Schizophrenia and choose this day whom you will serve: God or the world.

Christians who vote Conservative need to be put on alert that this nation wasn’t formed by cowards sitting on the sidelines. This nation was formed through blood, sweat, and tears. Republicans were the party who thought that slavery was wrong; the party’s foundational platform was based on the “abolition of slavery into American territories.” This wasn’t for the faint at heart. This nation ended up going to its bloodiest war to settle its slave matters.

Should this matter to American Christians who vote conservative values?

Not only should the church be involved in politics, but [it] should dominate politics. Every industry should be impacted by Christ followers. Whether it’s the industry of arts and entertainment, sports, law, literature, education, financial services, or politics, there should be a presence of those who name the name of Christ. So what are you waiting for? Get off your Sunday soap box and impact the lives and industries around you. Stop waiting for the coronavirus pandemic to pass and get out of your pajamas and head to your local assembly. Stop making excuses for watching the livestream instead of joining God’s team. We are being marginalized from within. Don’t miss the greatest weapon that God gave us to destroy the enemy — the Word of God. God bless you and Happy Independence Day!

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Publisher’s Note: Happy Birthday to our friend Thomas Sowell, who turned 90 this week. He is a Marine veteran who went on to earn degrees from Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago, and he remains a distinguished senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. As readers of his Patriot Post columns know, Dr. Sowell, like his longtime friend Walter E. Williams, is a pathfinder — one of the earliest intellectuals to break from the Democrat Party’s chokehold on black Americans. Our Patriot team holds him in the highest esteem and we all owe him a great debt of gratitude!

NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Above the Fold

  • “With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem — a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist,” the AP reports. “Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed the historic bill Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion, immediately removing official status for the 126-year-old banner that has been a source of division for generations.” Frankly, it was time. Unlike the debate over monuments — many of which were erected in an attempt toward reconciliation following the War Between the States — the Mississippi flag was due for a makeover because its blueprint was based at least in some measure upon displaying that state’s continued prejudice toward blacks.

  • Tim Scott is the Republican Party’s lone black senator, so his refusal to toe the line for Democrats is exceptionally bold. But his conservative bona fides also assist in exposing leftist dogma. According to the Washington Examiner, “Sen. Tim Scott said liberals flooded his inbox with hateful messages following his fiery speech on the stalled passage of his police reform legislation in the Senate.” Scott told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum, “We had more than a dozen [messages] … which were the most racially offensive comments from liberals in this country that called to say that I was in their crosshairs.” He further elaborated, “It was so profanity-laced, you can’t play five seconds of those videos on your show because there’s that many F-bombs, the N-word, by liberal Democrats causing a stir in my office and threatening my life. It is the most audacious, repugnant behavior I’ve seen in a very long time.” That sounds par for the course coming from members of the slavery-scarred Democrat Party.

Government & Politics

  • Trump vows to veto defense bill “if the Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming … of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill” (Bloomberg)

  • With follow-up report, New York Times subtly undercuts key aspects of its Russia-Taliban bounty scoops (The Daily Caller)

  • After disappointing Tulsa turnout, Trump campaign cancels Alabama rally (The Daily Caller)

  • Trump campaign shakes up top staff after Tulsa rally debacle (ABC News)

  • Joe Biden announces he will not hold campaign rallies, citing coronavirus fears (The Daily Caller)

  • Biden will release list of black women as potential SCOTUS nominees (Politico)

  • Lauren Boebert upsets GOP Representative Scott Tipton of Colorado (The New York Times)

  • John Hickenlooper overcomes campaign bungles to win Democrat Colorado Senate primary (Washington Examiner)

National Security

  • FCC designates Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE as security threats (National Review)

  • DHS deploys special federal unit to protect monuments over July 4 weekend amid vandalism fears (Fox News)

  • TikTok and 32 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data (Ars Technica)

  • China aims to control ports and shipping lanes in Europe and the Arctic (Washington Examiner)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • We’re one-third of the way to a widely available coronavirus vaccine, scientists say (USA Today)

  • Senator Rand Paul rips Dr. Anthony Fauci’s coronavirus response, says schools should be reopened (New York Post)

  • Top Republicans encourage masks as virus spreads in Sun Belt (Washington Examiner)

Business & Economy

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average posts best quarter since 1987 with 17% gain (Fox Business)

  • Local unions defy AFL-CIO in push to oust police unions (Politico)

  • “Not going back”: Governor Ron DeSantis says no plans to reverse course on Florida reopening (Washington Examiner)

  • Walmart will stop selling “All Lives Matter” merchandise (USA Today)

Culture & Heartland

  • New York City Council approves slashing $1 billion from NYPD budget (Fox News)

  • Los Angeles City Council approves first step in replacing LAPD with community responders for nonviolent calls (FOX 11)

  • Virginia Democrats propose reducing charge for assaulting police officers (The Daily Wire)

  • Six Chicago children shot dead in a single week — all of whom are neglected by the mainstream media (FOX 32)

  • St. Louis prosecutor says she might overrule police and charge lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey who brandished firearms at protesters trespassers (UK Daily Mail)

  • “Worried that I was going to be killed”: Mark McCloskey defends decision to draw guns on trespassers (Washington Examiner)

  • Harvey Weinstein reaches tentative $19 million deal with accusers (USA Today)

  • Oklahoma voters narrowly approve Medicaid expansion (AP)

Other Notables

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio caves to absurd “defund the police” movement — while violent crime is up almost 190% (New York Post)

  • The kind of immigrant we should be welcoming to the United States: Afghan interpreter who saved U.S. troops gets American citizenship (NPR)

  • Hong Kong makes first arrests under China’s new “national security” law (CNBC)

  • Woman walks into live CNN broadcast with “fake news” sign (The Daily Caller)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The COVID crisis supercharged the war on cash (Mises Institute)

  • Policy: The irony of Marxist Class consciousness (Mises Institute)

  • Satire: Local homeless man hasn’t picked up his white privilege check in months (Genesius Times)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights.

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VIDEOS

Leftists Believe You Should Roll Over and Accept Their Violence — And their lynch mobs prove it.

Allen West: ‘I Will Not Surrender to Woke Tyranny’ — An avowed Marxist organization that cleverly named itself Black Lives Matter is now calling for violence against our law-enforcement officers.

John Stossel: Victims of the Drug War — Here’s a libertarian and contrarian position on illicit drugs.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The real ‘haves’ are they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. They acquire all of these by developing and applying their potentialities. On the other hand, the real ‘have nots’ are they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it. They can feel free only by diminishing the freedom of others, self-confident by spreading fear and dependence among others, and rich by making others poor.” —Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Upright: “To believe from early childhood that you walk through life held in contempt by all of your fellow citizens who are white is to walk through life with much more than a chip on your shoulder. It is more like a heavy boulder. It means that you will walk through life with two paralyzing burdens: anger and victimhood. Either one is enough to ruin your life. Combined they’re devastating. It gives one an idea of how cynical the left is that it would want to cultivate both of these life-ruining emotions in as many Blacks as possible.” —Dennis Prager

For the record: “The damage the left is doing to America may be mortal. When it is widely deemed OK to destroy statues of Abraham Lincoln, society is experiencing a moral earthquake which may eventually destroy it. But the damage the left is doing to so many Blacks — to their moral compass, to their happiness and to their relations with their white fellow citizens — is not in the realm of ‘may do.’ It is done.” —Dennis Prager

Political futures: “Trump will remain underwater precisely until the moment that Joe Biden is forced to come out from the shadows and start speaking. When average, voting Americans actually see and hear Joe Biden as he now exists, everything is going to change. Trump exudes no statesmanship, but Biden inspires no confidence that he can make it through the next statement, no less the next four years.” —Peter Heck

The BIG Lie: “The idea that somehow [Trump] didn’t know [about Russian bounties] is a dereliction of duty if that’s the case. And if he was briefed and he didn’t do anything about it that is a dereliction of duty.” —Joe Biden

Non compos mentis, Part I: “I’ve been tested [for cognitive decline] and I’m constantly tested.” —Joe Biden

Non compos mentis, Part II: “Look [unintelligible] all you gotta do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.” —Joe Biden fumbling his remarks regarding his “cognitive ability” when taking questions from reporters for the first time in 89 days. He fumbled again regarding tearing down statues: “Don’t be surprised if somebody pulls down a statue of Jefferson Davis. It’s better that they do not. But it’s fundamentally different than pulling down the statue, or going into the Lincoln Memorial and trying to pull, uh, you know, not Lincoln Memorial…”

And last… “The highest coronavirus numbers, the worst police brutality cases and the most violent riots have been in Democrat-run cities. That’s just a fact.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

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