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Biden Has Deep Connection to Black Voters. Will It Translate Into Votes?

BIRMINGHAM — At the Democratic primary debate last week, Joseph R. Biden Jr. prompted some distress within the party with a rambling, discordant answer to a question about the legacy of slavery, a moment that highlighted his unsteady instincts, and mixed record, on matters of race.

Three days later, a heavily African-American crowd gave Mr. Biden a warm welcome as he delivered a passionate address at the 16th Street Baptist Church, a symbol of the civil rights struggle, where he denounced institutional racism to mark the 56th anniversary of the bombing that killed four young black girls here in 1963.

The divergent responses underscore the uncertainty surrounding whether Mr. Biden can translate his longstanding connection to black voters into votes next year. His deep ties to black leaders, his service as Barack Obama’s vice president and his popularity among older, more conservative African Americans have given him a commanding lead in the polls among a constituency that is crucial to any Democratic candidate seeking the nomination.

But that support has never been rigorously tested at the ballot box outside of his home state of Delaware, and missteps like his meandering debate answer on slavery, as well as his legislative record on issues like busing and criminal justice, have intensified questions among progressive activists, and some party leaders, about whether he is the best standard-bearer for African-American priorities.

“Too much time left to say he’s got it locked down,” Leah Daughtry, a veteran Democratic strategist who ran the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions and is African-American, said of Mr. Biden’s standing among black voters. “He’s got an advantage, but I don’t think it’s locked.”

Mr. Biden owes much of his front-runner status to his backing from black voters. Polls show he consistently tops 40 percent among African Americans nationally, and surveys from South Carolina, the first southern state to vote and one with a high percentage of black voters, have shown Mr. Biden scoring even higher.

At the church on Sunday, there was little evidence that this advantage was sliding. In nearly a dozen interviews, many attendees who are focused primarily on defeating President Trump said that they had not yet firmly committed to a candidate — though Mr. Biden was at the top of most people’s lists with many citing his partnership with Mr. Obama and describing genuine affection for Mr. Biden. No one said that his past remarks on race had changed their views.

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Arthur McGhee, a 72-year-old retiree who was ushering in attendees, characterized his support for Mr. Biden as “mild” but called him his first choice for now.

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Many of the attendees at the church commemoration said they were not bothered by Mr. Biden’s unsteady answer on race at last week’s debate. CreditDustin Chambers for The New York Times

He also said he was not bothered by Mr. Biden’s warm remarks over the summer about working relationships with segregationist senators, comments for which Mr. Biden later expressed regret.

“The same ones that are complaining about Biden, they can’t get anything done,” he said of Mr. Biden’s critics who currently serve in Congress.

Many of the black voters and officials in attendance described him as an experienced leader who is well-known, and trusted.

“In the black community we appreciate the fact that then-former Vice President Joe Biden never overshadowed nor dishonored the role of the president, who happened to be African-American,” said Lashunda Scales, the president pro tempore of the Commission of Jefferson County, where Birmingham is located.

Yet the view of Mr. Biden in the church was only a snapshot of a large and diverse group. There are also many people of color who have been concerned by Mr. Biden’s record and remarks, whether on working with segregationist senators or his support for anti-crime legislation in the 1990s that is often now associated with mass incarceration.

At Thursday’s debate, when asked about what responsibilities Americans had to account for the legacy of slavery, Mr. Biden offered a rambling answer that included suggesting that social workers can aid parents who “don’t quite know what to do,” an apparent reference to a plank of his education plan. He also advised the use of a “record player” to expose underprivileged children to more words.

The moderator, Linsey Davis, started the question by saying that she wanted to discuss “inequality in schools and race,” and Mr. Biden’s allies suggested that explained his pivot to education. But others who watched the exchange were troubled by the fact that he did not substantively address the slavery question.

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“A lot of us are just shaking our heads, saying it seems to be a disqualifying sentiment,” said Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, a political advocacy group focused on women of color. “At this point in the primary, he does not have an easy and powerful political response to a question like that — it’s got a lot of us just saying, ‘O.K., well, there are other candidates who are seriously contending for our votes.’”

Both Ms. Daughtry and Ms. Allison noted that a recent survey of black women showed “other/prefer not to answer” leading the field, followed by Mr. Biden. They took it as a sign of how fluid the race is.

“If I were the vice president’s team, I’d double down on locking in the vote that they think they have, because right now I’d call it soft,” Ms. Daughtry said.

At the debate, Ms. Davis referred to a remark Mr. Biden had made in 1975, when he said, “I’ll be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago.” On Sunday, at the church, he struck a sharply different note.

“There can be no realization of the American dream without grappling with the original sin of slavery,” he said.

Eric Holder, the former attorney general under Barack Obama, told David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s former chief strategist, that he doesn’t think there is any basis “for people to believe that a President Biden would be less committed to civil rights enforcement” than Mr. Obama was, according to a tweet from Mr. Axelrod, who hosts a podcast and a television show on CNN.

Throughout his 20-minute address, Mr. Biden was at times booming as he linked slavery, the bombing at the 16th Street church and the rise of white supremacy today to the nation’s centuries-long struggle with racism and oppression. At other times he spoke slowly and emotionally, as he discussed his personal experiences with tragedy. Mr. Biden, who is practiced at delivering eulogies, read prepared text from a black binder, producing a far more fluent speech than he typically delivers on the stump, when he often walks away from Teleprompters.

“Those of us who are white try, but we can never fully, fully understand, no matter how hard we try,” he said. He spent much of the morning accompanied by Senator Doug Jones, an Alabama Democrat who as a prosecutor attained the convictions of two men behind the church bombing.

The Lanier family at the 16th Street Baptist Church. They admire Mr. Biden’s connection to former President Barack Obama.CreditDustin Chambers for The New York Times

That line stayed with Jeffery Lanier Jr., 35, who waved off Mr. Biden’s debate performances and remarks about working with segregationist senators.

“It’s not something he should just use on the campaign trail,” he said. “I can get past it. I see what he’s saying.”

He and his wife, Krystale, 34, both said that they are supporting Mr. Biden, pointing to his experience and his work with Mr. Obama.

If Mr. Biden is shielded, in part, by the Obama connection, other candidates are still working to introduce themselves to the African-American community. That is a particular imperative for Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has climbed steadily in the polls, but whose numbers with black voters, depending on the survey, barely hit double digits — and sometimes fall below.

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She has made strong gains in the first two early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, which are both home to many white liberals. Her challenge is to expand her appeal with voters of color who dominate the later-voting Southern states.

“In the black community we know Biden because he was Obama’s vice president, we know Sanders because he ran the last time, but we’re not familiar with her,” Ms. Daughtry said. “That’s been her biggest challenge.”

Ms. Warren, like many of the other contenders, has been racing to catch up, making a concerted effort to address voters of color through her policy plans, including measures like combating the racial wealth gap. She also attended a dinner with the Congressional Black Caucus Saturday night.

Stanley Greenberg, a veteran Democratic pollster, stressed that Mr. Biden’s standing with the African-American community may be more durable than many expect, saying that he “embodies the Obama legacy.”

But he also noted that for much of the lead-up to the 2008 election, Hillary Clinton appeared to be the strongest candidate with African-American voters. That changed dramatically after Mr. Obama won Iowa, proving that a black man could win in largely white states.

“That carried over to her until it didn’t,” Mr. Greenberg said.

Like many Democrats, Mr. McGhee, the usher, said he was focused on which Democratic candidate can defeat Mr. Trump.

“It applies to all of them,” he said. “But it does apply to him too.”

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One more state: Equal Means Equal is taking over Virginia in the name of the Equal Rights Amendment

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Equal Means Equal founder Kamala Lopez is leading a statewide initiative in Virginia for the potential passing of the Equal Rights Amendment. (Photo courtesy of Equal Means Equal)

Two things can surely make a portion of the United States population happy: free rent and ice cream. Add in advocacy for equal rights and, for some, you’ve got a plan. At least, Kamala Lopez does.

“Who doesn’t love ice cream?” she says with a laugh. The actress, filmmaker, activist and founder of the Equal Means Equal organization, kicked off the Equal Rights Amendment campaign, #IScream4Equality, in Virginia on Aug. 26.

But it’s about much more than everyone’s favorite summer dessert.

“It’s unknown to people that the fate of the Equal Rights Amendment lies on Virginia,” says Lopez. “That’s why we’re coming in to talk to people, wherever they will listen, and let them know that this is in play for the country.”

Equal Means Equal is set to take its ice cream truck, fit with informative and educational volunteers, around to every college campus across the state prior to Election Day on Nov. 5, to inform voters about the state of the ERA in 2019.

In 2017 and 2018, Lopez led voting campaigns in several states across the country, with her efforts leading Nevada and Illinois to become the first states in nearly 50 years to approve the amendment on a state level. This made way for the opportunity of one more state (making 38 in total) to force the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and include an equal rights amendment for the first time in United States history.

Virginia is one of the 15 remaining states that has yet to approve the ERA. Could it be the one in 2019? It should be, says Lopez, but people have to vote to make it happen.

To learn more about the Equal Rights Amendment’s fate in Virginia prior to the 2019 election season, read Jesse Rifkin’s in-depth story from our September 2019 issue.

“We’re not in the business of telling people who to vote for,” says Lopez. “We just want people to vote, and we’re simply telling them that the fate of the ERA is in the hands of Virginia this November.”

So why not give out free ice cream to everyone, everywhere? College students are the campaign’s target audience, says Lopez, thanks to one of the organization’s biggest challenge: apathy.

“After I first found out that [women] did not have equal rights in this country and I started speaking up about it, I would go and speak at colleges around the country and students would say, ‘That was dealt with in the ’70s, so we’re all good.’ But that’s not right,” says Lopez. “If they don’t know about the reality of [the ERA], then how will they know they need to do something about it?”

The truck has stops planned for Virginia State University, Shenandoah University and the University of Virginia, just to name a few. But aside from college campus visits, Lopez and her team are also renting a house in Suffolk, Virginia, to conquer two of Virginia’s districts: 76 and 91, currently represented by republicans Chris Jones and Gordon Helsel, respectively.

The home will act as a temporary headquarters for the team and is offering a free stay to volunteers willing to help with the organization’s local efforts.

“Virginia Equality Warriors,” as the team is calling them, can stay in one of the home’s six beds or two couches for up to two months until Nov. 5, as long as they agree to knock on doors, canvas districts and educate Virginia residents about the ERA.

Lopez can’t promise that it will be easy, but she does believe it will be a fun and informative opportunity for people to engage in important discussions about equal rights.

“I am a little scared too,” says Lopez, when asked about being in a home that is open to volunteers, and making Equal Means Equal’s local presence and activism known. “Especially with what happened in Charlottesville [in August 2017], and as a woman of color. But I am more concerned with what we’ll face out there. I am totally comfortable with debate, I just want to avoid the extremely uncomfortable bullying and intimidation we might face.”

Lopez has been working to coordinate statewide efforts with Kati Hornung, campaign manager for VAratifyERA, and says she has a great deal of respect for all of the effort Horning has already put in. Lopez just wants to see results come November, and make even more voters aware of the ERA’s continuous uphill battle.

“[Women] were deliberately left out of the Constitution,” says Lopez. “It wasn’t an oversight. And now we have to fight because the Constitution is the foundation of America, and half of our nation has been deliberately excluded. Just give us equal rights. That’s all we want. It’s very basic and simple.”

Interested volunteers can sign up for the ice cream truck or to stay at the Equal Means Equal Suffolk home through the website.

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Beto Channels Booker’s T-Bone When He Claims Lots Of Texans Are Giving Up Their AR-15s Because They Don’t Feel Safe

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Robert Francis Beta Beto O’Rourke may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but he can learn. You know how NJ Senator and presidential aspirant Cory Booker has at various times claimed to have a drug dealer friend named T-bone and girlfriend (though I’m sure anyone as relentlessly and remorselessly heterosexual as Booker has dozens of girlfriends)? Now Beto has one-upped his mentor an invented dozens of Texans who are supportive of his promise to sent SWAT to your door to “buy back” your AR-15 or equivalent.

Using guns to hunt or for self-defense makes a lot of sense to us here in Texas. But even from those Texans who own AR-15s, they’ve told me this themselves: ‘I don’t need this. I don’t need it to hunt. I don’t need it to protect myself. It was fun to use. I like taking it out to the range, but if giving this back or cutting it to pieces or selling it to the government helps to keep us safer, then by all means let’s do it.’

First off, this is a lie on its face. If you are only using your modern sporting rifle for hunting, target practice, or self-defense then you really aren’t much of a danger to anyone. If you are a big enough p***y to say what Beto says is being said to him, you are manifestly not only not a danger but fairly useless. No sane person believes this is the case.

The real reason that Beto is doing this is because his bald statement, aimed at the cheap seats at the Houston debate, about “Hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” gave the entire gun rights movement the clarity they need to see what the final objective is (assuming they were too dense to figure that out earlier). In fact, Beto was so clear that Democrats are whining about the danger he’s done (see Brandon Morse’s Even Democrat Lawmakers Wish O’Rourke Hadn’t Said He’d Take Our Guns).

All Beto is doing here is damage control. He’s telling a bald-faced lie knowing that a compliant and sympathetic media will go along and support him.

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Pete Buttigieg’s Association With the Abortionist Who Stockpiled Baby Corpses in His Home Is Hardly Surprising

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Pete Buttigieg, in addition to being a deeply dishonest man who constantly lies to rationalize and defend his lifestyle and beliefs, is an abortion fanatic. How much of that is due to some personal animus he has towards heterosexual couples and how much is simply founded on his politics, but his views on abortion are extreme even by the standard of the Democrat party. For instance, Buttigieg has claimed that a baby can be killed up until the moment it draws its first breath. And obscenely claims there is Scriptural support for this view.

[Pro-life people] hold everybody in line with this one piece of doctrine about abortion, which is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally. Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath. Even that is something that we can interpret differently. . . . No matter what you think about the cosmic question of how life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, ‘I might draw the here. You might draw the line there.’ The most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision.

That view is not only anti-science it is sacrilegious and utterly heretical:

Today, as my colleague Brandon Morse reports, a home belonging to a deceased abortionist was found to contain some 2,246 sets of remains of dead babies. The abortionist was Ulrich Klopfer. He was forcibly retired in 2015, and his clinic closed, after it was found he’d performed abortions on at least two girls under 13 years of age and violated state law by not reporting it. This is the worst case:

In particular, according to Niki Kelly of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, many of the board members were particularly struck by Klopfer’s nonchalant attitude regarding the case of a 10-year-old girl who had been raped by her uncle. The doctor failed to notify the police even after learning that the parents were going to keep the matter secret. One board member stated that what bothered her most was Klopfer’s striking lack of medical judgment and competence.

What makes this case more interesting is that Klopfer’s clinic was located in South Bend, Indiana. And while he was there, good ol’ Godly Mayor Pete (or Alcalde Pete, if you were watching the Spanish portion of the Democrat debate) intervened to help him out.

In Buttigieg’s first year in office, a pro-life crisis pregnancy center attempted to open right next door to the abortuary run by Klopfer at the time, it was called the Women’s Pavilion. The pro-life group, headed by a guy named Shawn Sullivan, promised to not allow pro-life demonstrators to use their property but Buttigieg intervened to prevent it getting permission to open. Undeterred, Sullivan opened a Catholic chapel next door and in a short period of time the complaints against Klopfer and the impact of the chapel forced the Womens’ Pavilion to close.

Given Buttigieg fetishization of abortion and Klopfer’s status as South Bend’s only abortionist, it is difficult to imagine that there was not a more extensive and substantive relationship waiting to be uncovered.

This is the kind of man Buttigieg is. He defended Klopfer when his license was under attack. He provided the administrative firepower necessary to overturn a zoning decision that would have put a pro-life pregnancy center next door to Klopfer. And he thinks a child still attached to the umbilical cord can be legally killed because it isn’t yet breathing.

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Amid Absolute Absurdity, Thursday’s Debate Spotlighted America as a Shining City Upon a Hill

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During Thursday night’s Democratic debate — due to which Dave Rubin lamented he picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue — there was, as expected, mucho goofiness.

Our rich Uncle Bernie called Trump the most dangerous president in history:

And Beto O’Rourke — who seems absolutely hellbent on losing as steeply as is mathematically possible — taped what BlazeTV called a campaign ad for Donald Trump. The anti-privileged millionaire privileged millionaire vowed to take away your hunting rifles because, prior to now, “they’ve” been allowing you to shoot each other:

But there was at least one great thing offered during Thursday night’s showout blowout: Andrew Yang’s truly American story, about an actual immigrant participating in actual immigration — that would be, rather than what many Democrats and media figures have been inaccurately calling “immigration,” which is in fact its opposite.

In a bizarre move, the term has of late been employed to mean “choosing to not take part in our immigration system.”

But Andrew conjured it correctly. His origins are inspiring:

“My father grew up on a peanut farm in Asia with no floor. And now, his son is running for president. That is the immigration story that we have to be able to share with the American people.”

Andrew truly is proof that the American dream is alive and well for those who believe in a better life — in this greatest country on earth, what Ronald Reagan called “a shining city upon a hill”:

Being that — were he to receive the nomination — he would ultimately face the GOP incumbent, Andrew understandably tried to contrast himself with Trump. Unfortunately, he did so in a way that made absolutely no sense, given that the purpose of a border barrier is to prevent people from sneaking into the country, not keep people from actually immigrating:

“[I] am the opposite of Donald Trump in many ways. He says, ‘Build a wall;’ I’m going to say to immigrants, ‘Come to America, because if you come here, your son or daughter can run for president. The water’s great.’”

A wall doesn’t keep out immigrants; immigrants come in through immigration. Oh well, it was a Democratic debate; rightfulness could only last so long.

Nonetheless, his story is inspiring. And here’s a bonus: While some on the far Left — including the mayor of New York — have claimed America “was never great”…

…Andrew praised the U.S. and spoke of its “continued” success:

“This country has been a magnet for human capital for generations. If we lose that, we lose something integral to our continued success.”

America is indeed a nation of immigrants, and Andrew Yang is a reminder of that.

It’d be great to see more similar moments during the debates; lamentably, we’re more likely to hear Julián Castro champion taxpayer-funded abortions for men who would otherwise eject infants from their peeholes(?):

Goobers gonna goob.

-ALEX

 

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Even Democrat Lawmakers Wish O’Rourke Hadn’t Said He’d Take Our Guns

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It wasn’t a great moment for Democrats during the 2020 debates last week when Robert “Beto” O’Rourke promised that he was going to take our AR-15’s and AK-47’s. He even sent out a similar tweet to make sure we understood he wasn’t kidding. While he got massive applause for it from the crowd, the majority of America wasn’t so keen on it, and actually began dogpiling onto O’Rourke.

But it wasn’t just pro-gun Americans and right-leaning voters that thought O’Rourke’s declaration was foolish. Democrat politicians did too, namely Sen. Christopher Coons of Deleware, who went on CNN on Friday to foretell that O’Rourke’s gun grab promise is going to haunt Democrats for years according to The Hill

“I frankly think that that clip will be played for years at Second Amendment rallies with organizations that try to scare people by saying that Democrats are coming for your guns,” Coons, an ally of former Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic race, told CNN’s Poppy Harlow in an interview.

He’s not wrong. Those who like and want to keep their guns are consistently up against a Democrat party that has tried to restrict them in one way or another, and from time to time. However, we’ve always heard that they don’t want to take away our guns, just certain ones, or make them harder to get for everyone’s safety.

From time to time, however, Democrats or gun grabbers like O’Rourke will say something that proves gun owners’ fears right. The goal of the Democrats was to ban guns, but America is a pro-gun country and in order to pass a full-on ban, the Overton window would have to be moved little by little.

O’Rourke just gave up the game. This was even mentioned by The Hill:

O’Rourke’s statement confirms the fears of many Republicans and gun rights advocates who say the ultimate goal of the gun control movement is government confiscation of firearms.

“When you really understand what the endgame of the left is, it’s literally mandatory buybacks or as I call it: confiscation. This is a step-by-step process for them,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told The Hill Thursday when asked about the debate over expanded background checks for firearms sales.

 

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Desperate Presidential Candidate Julian Castro Fundraises off His Cheap Shot Memory Attack on Joe Biden

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Julian Castro proved one thing beyond a shadow of a doubt at Thursday night’s Democratic debate.

He’s as classless and nasty as his twin brother Joaquin, who is a member of Congress.

You’ll remember last month that Julian endorsed his brother’s despicable campaign to intimidate Trump donors in his Congressional district into silence by way of doxxing those who had contributed the maximum amount to the President’s reelection campaign.

As if that wasn’t sleazy enough, last night during the debate Castro delivered a low blow to Joe Biden that had pretty much everyone coming down against him. For those who didn’t watch the debate, here’s what happened:

At issue is Biden’s plan to allow for a so-called “public option” for Obamacare that would allow people to have government-run health insurance or keep their private insurance plans. He said anyone could qualify and “buy in,” and that “anyone who can’t afford it gets automatically enrolled in the Medicare-type option,” meaning they wouldn’t have to pay.

But Castro, pointing to his poor grandmother’s struggles with diabetes, criticized Biden’s plan for leaving 10 million uninsured people and said former President Obama “wanted every single person in this country covered. My plan would do that. Your plan would not.”

Biden bristled: “They do not have to buy in. They do not have to buy in.”

That’s when Castro sprung.

“You just said that two minutes ago. You just two minutes ago they would have to buy in,” Castro said.

Biden started to say that “poor people anyone like your grandmother who has no money,” but Castro was busy zeroing in on his memory as jeers and cheers erupted from the crowd.

“Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?” Castro said. “I can’t believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in and now you’re saying they don’t have to buy in. You’re forgetting that.”

Watch:

As it turns out, a review of the tape showed Castro was the one who forgot what Biden said “two minutes ago”:

Castro’s vicious attack against Biden based on his age reminds me of other Democrats who question President Trump’s mental health. There’s just no call for it.

I know conservatives and Republicans alike have joked about Biden’s numerous gaffes over the years, but over the summer so many of them happened in a row that I stopped chuckling and started wondering if there was something else going on, something more serious and troubling concerning Biden’s health and age.

Also, while it’s true that Castro’s attack on Biden is a blue on blue thing, and as a Republican I should be rooting for the candidates to destroy each other, I feel that there are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed – and this is one of them. If these types of attacks between candidates are allowed to stand in the primary unchallenged, imagine what it would be like during the general election campaign season when the floodgates open with Democrats lining up to smear Trump with questions about his mental health and Republicans questioning Biden (assuming he’s the nominee) about his memory?

There are ways for people to raise questions about Biden’s health and age without making complete a**ses out of themselves. But just like his brother Joaquin, there are no lows to which Julian will not sink, and no apologies in the aftermath which will be given.

In fact, Julian Castro is so proud of himself over his attack (which he absurdly claimed was not about his age), that he is now fundraising off of it:

“I had a critical choice to make on the debate stage last night,” Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary, said in an email to supporters. “I could either play it safe and give Vice President Biden a free pass like everyone else. Or I could speak up, challenge the conversation, and demand answers for you and your family.”

“I’m not in this race to play it safe. This fight — our fight — is too important to me to stay quiet when what I hear doesn’t add up,” he continued. “I spent every second on that stage fighting for you — and now I’m being attacked for it.”

“This is now the biggest obstacle I have ever faced. Can I count on you to take a stand for me with $5?”

Got that? Castro says he selflessly (and erroneously) took an cheap shot against an aging candidate because he’s looking out for the voters, not for himself.

What bull crap. I know they say all is fair in love, war, and politics, but these type of gutter tactics are what people whose polling numbers have consistently been in the basement do when nothing else works.

His desperation shows. And it stinks.

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Desperate Presidential Candidate Julian Castro Fundraises off His Cheap Shot Memory Attack on Joe Biden

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro listens during a discussion about homelessness at Cross Roads House, a transitional housing shelter, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Julian Castro proved one thing beyond a shadow of a doubt at Thursday night’s Democratic debate.

He’s as classless and nasty as his twin brother Joaquin, who is a member of Congress.

You’ll remember last month that Julian endorsed his brother’s despicable campaign to intimidate Trump donors in his Congressional district into silence by way of doxxing those who had contributed the maximum amount to the President’s reelection campaign.

As if that wasn’t sleazy enough, last night during the debate Castro delivered a low blow to Joe Biden that had pretty much everyone coming down against him. For those who didn’t watch the debate, here’s what happened:

At issue is Biden’s plan to allow for a so-called “public option” for Obamacare that would allow people to have government-run health insurance or keep their private insurance plans. He said anyone could qualify and “buy in,” and that “anyone who can’t afford it gets automatically enrolled in the Medicare-type option,” meaning they wouldn’t have to pay.

But Castro, pointing to his poor grandmother’s struggles with diabetes, criticized Biden’s plan for leaving 10 million uninsured people and said former President Obama “wanted every single person in this country covered. My plan would do that. Your plan would not.”

Biden bristled: “They do not have to buy in. They do not have to buy in.”

That’s when Castro sprung.

“You just said that two minutes ago. You just two minutes ago they would have to buy in,” Castro said.

Biden started to say that “poor people anyone like your grandmother who has no money,” but Castro was busy zeroing in on his memory as jeers and cheers erupted from the crowd.

“Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago? Are you forgetting already what you said just two minutes ago?” Castro said. “I can’t believe that you said two minutes ago that they had to buy in and now you’re saying they don’t have to buy in. You’re forgetting that.”

Watch:

As it turns out, a review of the tape showed Castro was the one who forgot what Biden said “two minutes ago”:

Castro’s vicious attack against Biden based on his age reminds me of other Democrats who question President Trump’s mental health. There’s just no call for it.

I know conservatives and Republicans alike have joked about Biden’s numerous gaffes over the years, but over the summer so many of them happened in a row that I stopped chuckling and started wondering if there was something else going on, something more serious and troubling concerning Biden’s health and age.

Also, while it’s true that Castro’s attack on Biden is a blue on blue thing, and as a Republican I should be rooting for the candidates to destroy each other, I feel that there are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed – and this is one of them. If these types of attacks between candidates are allowed to stand in the primary unchallenged, imagine what it would be like during the general election campaign season when the floodgates open with Democrats lining up to smear Trump with questions about his mental health and Republicans questioning Biden (assuming he’s the nominee) about his memory?

There are ways for people to raise questions about Biden’s health and age without making complete a**ses out of themselves. But just like his brother Joaquin, there are no lows to which Julian will not sink, and no apologies in the aftermath which will be given.

In fact, Julian Castro is so proud of himself over his attack (which he absurdly claimed was not about his age), that he is now fundraising off of it:

“I had a critical choice to make on the debate stage last night,” Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary, said in an email to supporters. “I could either play it safe and give Vice President Biden a free pass like everyone else. Or I could speak up, challenge the conversation, and demand answers for you and your family.”

“I’m not in this race to play it safe. This fight — our fight — is too important to me to stay quiet when what I hear doesn’t add up,” he continued. “I spent every second on that stage fighting for you — and now I’m being attacked for it.”

“This is now the biggest obstacle I have ever faced. Can I count on you to take a stand for me with $5?”

Got that? Castro says he selflessly (and erroneously) took an cheap shot against an aging candidate because he’s looking out for the voters, not for himself.

What bull crap. I know they say all is fair in love, war, and politics, but these type of gutter tactics are what people whose polling numbers have consistently been in the basement do when nothing else works.

His desperation shows. And it stinks.

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How the Democrats and Woke Corporate Fascists Will Team Up To Destroy the Second Amendment

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In this July 20, 2014 photo, with guns displayed for sale behind her, a gun store employee helps a customer at Dragonman’s, east of Colorado Springs, Colo. When Colorado lawmakers expanded background checks on firearms last year, they were expecting a huge increase. But the actual number the first 12 months of the law is far lower than projected, according to an analysis of state data by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Over the past couple of years one of the major points of friction, or really lines of fracture, in a center-right coalition that has been ascendant since 1980 is the issue of the behavior of private corporations with immense power acting to interfere with constitutional rights of Americans in a way that would never be tolerated if the government did the same. For instance, it is no secret that Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet (the corporate parent of Google) are actively hostile to conservatives. Conservative content producers are targeted for demonetization and deplatforming. If you want to survive as a content provider you really have to keep your head down and pull your punches or you will find your business damaged. The Vichy-con “muh priniciples” types, the ones who describe allowing drag queens to use public library story hours to groom young children as a “blessing of liberty”…

(No, drag queen story hour is not a blessing of liberty it is a warning flare of a false liberty, a libertinism, so debauched that it is a danger to actual liberty.)

…argue that these are private businesses and it is against closely held principles to in any way regulate their conduct and if you don’t like how they operate, just start your own multi-billion dollar corporate competitor and, while you’re at it, create your own advertising sales network to compete with the existing monopoly. (Okay, now do that with segregated lunch counters and see how it works out.)

I don’t happen to believe that is a particularly sane point of view. If a corporation can restrict your ability to exercise a constitutional right, the end result is the same as if the government did it. And if the government acquiesces to or encourages that corporate action, then the government is, in fact, a party to that restriction of rights. While our attention has been focused on how speech and expression are being crushed by our fascist corporate overlords, the place where the first hammer will really hit is on the Second Amendment, because right now we are facing a perfect storm of the Democrats teaming up with hyper-woke corporate fascists to do things elected Democrats would never be able to do. How would this work?

Already, Bank of America and Citigroup have placed limits the commercial products manufactured and sold by its customers in regards to firearms. While Citigroup has focused on requiring retailers to not sell any firearm to anyone under 21, BofA will not do business with any weapon manufactured that produces a “military style” weapon. Several credit-card-type services (PayPal, Square, Stripe and Apple Pay) already forbid the use of their payment method to purchase basically anything associated with firearms. In fact, this kind of politically motivated restrictions on commercial access is becoming fairly common:

Earlier this week, some 150 major corporations signed a joint letter to the US Senate demanding action to limit the ability of law aiding Americans to buy firearms in order to make a bunch of fat cat executives and their amply woke gofers feel good:

In a direct and urgent call to address gun violence in America, the chief executives of some of the nation’s best-known companies sent a letter to Senate leaders on Thursday, urging an expansion of background checks to all firearms sales and stronger “red flag” laws.

“Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety,” the heads of nearly 150 companies, including Levi Strauss, Twitter and Uber, say in the letter, which was shared with The New York Times.

On Thursday after the executives released their letter, Business Roundtable, which had been reluctant to enter the gun debate, called on Congress and the Trump administration “to come together and enact bipartisan, common-sense legislation to address this epidemic.” Visa joined with the group, saying that a “string of mass shootings in America has brought unimaginable sadness and a feeling of hopelessness to many in our communities.”

A week ago, Walmart, the largest retailer and employer in the country, wrote its own letter to Congress, pushing for a debate over reauthorizing an assault weapons ban. It also announced that it was removing certain ammunition and guns from its shelves and would discourage “open carry” in its stores. Other retailers followed suit by changing their open-carry policies, including Kroger, CVS, Walgreens and the Wegmans grocery chain.

The letter signers on Thursday include the leaders of Airbnb, the Gap, Pinterest, Lyft, the Brookfield Property Group and Royal Caribbean.

Missing from the list, however, are some of America’s biggest financial and technology companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, some of which debated internally whether to sign the letter.

(Read the whole letter)

Don’t get excited by the absence of financial institutions. They will get on board soon enough:

If you think other Democrats aren’t going to jump on this, you are sadly mistaken. Ominously, this week New Jersey announced it will stop doing business with companies, including financial institutions, that don’t enforce that New Jersey wants in regards to purchases of guns and accessories.

New Jersey will stop doing business with gun manufacturers and retailers that fail to adopt policies that go beyond federal laws, like conducting expanded background checks, to stop guns from falling into the wrong hands, becoming the first state to take such stringent action against the firearms industry.

The state will also apply pressure on major financial institutions, seeking information from banks that do business with New Jersey about their relationships and policies involving gunmakers and sellers.

While the plan did not include many details, officials said that within the next 30 days the state would develop policies on gun sales that would likely be shaped by measures supported by gun control groups.

These include training retail workers to detect straw purchasers and requiring sellers to keep electronic records and perform background checks for private sellers for a small fee.

The state would require vendors and financial institutions that it does business with to adopt the policies to be eligible for future contracts. While the state’s efforts are aimed mostly at retailers, it will also pressure manufacturers not to do business with sellers who do not embrace the stronger gun sale polices.

The governor’s office said more specifically that sellers could ensure that the name on the method of payment matched the name of a buyer; that online orders were made by the eventual gun owner; and that buyers were limited to purchasing one firearm every 30 days.

Mr. Murphy’s plan would also seek to prevent the sale of firearms to “prohibited individuals,” which as defined by New Jersey is a broad list.

Aside from people with a history of mental illness and those convicted of crimes related to domestic abuse, it would also include people convicted of any violent crimes and drug dealing, as well as buyers on a terrorist watch list kept by the F.B.I.

New Jersey’s move could also be the first step toward pressing other Wall Street banks to reassess their relationship with the gun industry.

New Jersey’s requirement that financial firms disclose their ties to gunmakers could provide the public with new and specific information that some firms have been reluctant to divulge.

This law effectively means that large banks have a choice of doing business with New Jersey or doing business with retailers that sell firearms unless those retailers obey New Jersey law.

The First Amendment, at least as far as it applies to conservative causes, is already being ghettoized and labeled as untrustworthy if not banned outright by social media oligarchs. Now the Second Amendment is about to be forced into a similar ghetto. One would think that even the most highly principled National Review writer or Bulwarkian slug could see where this is going. Private business is being used to impose a policy preference of the Democrat party that would be facially illegal to try to implement by legislation. One would hope they would object. But my bet is we’re going to hear a lot more about “muh priniciples” and be told that if we don’t like it, then we need to create our own national banking network to finance the sale of firearms and accessories.

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Beto O’Rourke Is the Sad Reflection of the Modern Democratic Party

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Everyone thinks that the current mascot of the Democratic party is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. While she’s definitely the new de facto head of the party, I wouldn’t say she’s the mascot. I’d say that title belongs to Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke.

Hear me out.

O’Rourke represents the Democratic party in a way that is far more complete than any other person currently in its ranks. He’s a wannabe tyrant who wasn’t so tyrannical during his days running for Senate in Texas. During Thursday night’s debate, O’Rourke made a show of declaring that he was going to take people’s AR-15’s away, when not that long ago he was saying that owning them is a good thing and that Texans should be able to keep them if they bought them.

(READ: Fraud: Presidential Candidate O’Rourke And Texas Senate Candidate O’Rourke Disagree On AR-15 Ownership)

He’s also going to “force” the rich to allow poor people to live among them, and called getting a home next to a rich neighborhood a “right.” As I explained in response to this, the “right” O’Rourke described isn’t a right at all, but it does highlight the fact that O’Rourke is willing to say anything in order to convince people to vote for him, even if it’s a blatant lie.

It’s in these two stories that we see in O’Rourke the perfect modern Democrat politician.

The intensity of O’Rourke’s views changes with the political winds, even if that means his views must venture into radical territories. His stances aren’t original, they’re just the stances taken by the most powerful people in the Democratic party at the time. If tomorrow the most powerful people in the party become moderate about everything, he will too. He’s a statist first and foremost, as any good Democrat is, but the radical wave that has swept the Democrat party has convinced O’Rourke that he needs to push his views into the realm of despots with promises to ban this and force that.

He’s not even trying to doctor his language. He’s straight-up saying he’s going to take things from Americans that they have a right to.

To boot, he embraces radical environmentalist policies and radical immigration policies. He paints his opponents on the right with extreme accusations and does so during times when he shouldn’t be playing politics. O’Rourke demonstrated that he believes even a mass shooting in his hometown is the right time to start calling Donald Trump a racist and blaming him for the wrongs in the world.

(READ: When The World Saw Death, Beto O’Rourke Saw Potential Approval Points)

He just seems more out there when you consider the fact that he seems awkwardly out of touch thanks to his live feeds of himself getting haircuts, seeing the dentist, and changing tires. He does this because he saw younger Democrats doing it, and thinks this is the way to garner approval.

So let’s recap.

O’Rourke is a hollow politician with seemingly little in the way of principles and has positions that aren’t honestly come by. He’s out of touch the with the people but makes awkward moves to try to make it seem like he’s a man of the people. He freely ventures into radical territory in order to win the approval of people he thinks will help him reach the top regardless of what kind of effect it’s going to have on everyone else. He paints his opponents as neo-Hitlers and promises things he can’t follow through with in an attempt to score cheap votes.

Not to mention the fact that he’s a white man proclaiming that white men are the problem because they have too much power while running for the highest office in the land. We can add astounding cognitive dissonance to his list of nonsense.

O’Rourke is the Democrat poster child.

Repulsive extremism has taken the Democratic party from the inside, and it’s not working for it. O’Rourke embodies this awkward, sensationalistic, statism that it’s become and it’s people like him that are driving voters away from the Democratic party and straight into the waiting arms of Donald Trump.

As Erick Erickson wrote about O’Rourke, it’s almost as if O’Rourke is a Republican plant meant to sink the Democratic party:

Now, on stage at the Democrat debates, Beto is helping Democrats be defined as radical America hating gun grabbers. He insists the nation is racist and unrepentant in its racism. He insists the Democrats are going to grab everybody’s guns and the crowd goes wild.

This just provides fuel to the GOP fire that the Democrats are too radical to be trusted with power.

Beto is, two election cycles in a row, brilliantly helping the GOP and playing to their narratives. Given how much media attention Beto has been given and how many fawning profiles the press has written about him, it will be hard for the Democrats to distance themselves from him.

This is spot on. If Democrats want to begin to step back onto the path of being taken seriously, they’ll have to push O’Rourke away.

The problem is, O’Rourke is the reflection of the modern Democratic party now. To push O’Rourke away, they’d have to push away what they’ve become. Even getting rid of O’Rourke would be fruitless as another O’Rourke would just be along shortly.

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