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Video Appears to Show Biden Forget Obama’s Name, Calls the G7 Summit “the G8”

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local residents during a community event, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Joe Biden has committed so many gaffes in just the month of August alone that most of us have lost track of them.

He’s added more to the list this week, with the two latest coming from a campaign stop he made in Richmond, Va. on Tuesday.

In the first video clip, Biden is talking about remarks President Trump made at the G7 Summit earlier this week where he said “President Putin outsmarted President Obama” on the Russia/Ukraine/Crimea issue. The Daily Caller’s Virginia Kruta sets the scene:

[Trump] claimed that Obama wanted Russia removed from the G7 — then the G8 — because Putin had “tricked” Obama when he invaded the Ukraine on his watch. Trump had then argued that Russia should be allowed to come back to the table, saying that he would rather have them “inside the tent” than outside it.

“They invaded another country and annexed a significant portion of it, called Crimea,” Biden said in response, adding, “He’s saying that it was President … my boss … it was his fault.”

Watch video of Biden’s flub below:

During that same speech, probably preceding it, Biden also mistakenly referred to the G7 Summit as “the G8”:

In fairness, it used to be called the G8 until Russia was effectively kicked out of it in 2014 over their annexation of Crimea. President Obama helped lead the effort to ban Putin from the summit as punishment for his actions.

That isolation is why the summit is now called the G7.

The rising number of gaffes Biden continues to make come at a time when as his aides are furiously trying to wave off any concerns that the former vice president is not up to the task of running for president:

“I think the press has to be more careful about applying an unfair standard to Joe Biden than they’re applying to other candidates,” Bedingfield responded. “If you listen to what the candidates say all day as they’re out campaigning, they’re out in front of cameras, they’re in front of people, they’re talking all day. Everybody’s going to slip up and misstate a name or a date or a location. It happens all the time.”

She continued: “People know who he is. They know this is a part of his charm. They understand that, you know, they’re getting it straight from him. It’s not overly packaged. He’s always speaking from his heart. And sure, that means sometimes he’s going to misstate a couple of things. But, frankly, so does every other candidate.”

It’s true that all candidates make gaffes of some sort. It sort of goes with territory of being on the road non-stop, talking to people, and being surrounded by campaign aides 24-7. But this is different. Very different.

I wrote last week about this issue and speculated that it’s quite possible the frequent mistakes Biden makes on the campaign trail can no longer be boiled down simply to tiredness, long days on the campaign trail, and “Joe being Joe.”

I hope I’m wrong and that this is not “something more” concerning, as some Democrats have hinted it might be.

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Meet Joe Black: Biden Does His Best to Convince Black People He’s Down – By Insisting He’s Not Even Uncomfortable Around Them

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Bucks County Community College in Bristol, Pa., Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

 

Joe Biden wants to become president.

Therefore, he wants America’s vote.

White people constitute a majoritynot merely a plurality — of the country.

Therefore, Joe Biden wants to…slam white people?

Interesting strategy.

I can’t think of any venue other than politics where a person would insult the very people they should need in order to succeed. But perhaps I’m not considering the Democratic finesse of such a move.

As reported by the Washington Examiner, on Tuesday, Joe finessed his head off to a small group of reporters.

He also took the increasingly popular view that the 50’s were right: People should be separated as white and non-white (now “people of color”).

Hit it, Joe:

“White folks are the reason we have institutional racism. There has always been racism in America. White supremacists have always existed; they still exist.”

Did he forget he’s white folks, too? In fact, he’s worse: He’s white folks in power.

The former VP appears intent upon snagging the support of black Americans — really intent:

“The bad news is I have a long record. The good news is I have a long record. People know me — at least they think they know me. I think after all this time, I think they have a sense of what my character is, who I am.”

Do it to it, Joe:

“I’ve never, ever, ever in my entire life been in a circumstance where I’ve ever felt uncomfortable being in the black community.”

Is it just me, or in an effort to come across stunningly hip, did he just out himself as a winceworthily out-of-it whitey who grew up in the 40’s?

No matter, he wanted to heavily hammer it in:

“All I know is I don’t think anybody in the community thinks I am — what’s the phrase? ‘I know you’re not a racist, Joe.’”

Pssst. Joe. Stop immediately. You’re really, really not coming across the way you think.

“I don’t think anyone thinks that about me.”

Dang it.

He’s so earth-scorchingly UberWoke, he’ll probably even pick a running mate who’s maybe one of them non-whites:

“Whomever I pick would be preferably someone who was of color and who was of a different gender, but I’m not making that commitment until I know that the person I’m dealing with I can completely, thoroughly trust, is authentic, and is on the same page.”

Joe also slammed Donald Trump, saying a president’s words can “appeal to the worst damn instincts of human nature.”

But a better insult altogether came from a couple AP writers who covered this story.

Here’s what they had to say, and it’s pretty incredible:

By highlighting the nation’s racial tensions and placing blame on Trump, Biden is showing that he, too, is willing to make race a core campaign issue, but from the opposite perspective of the president.

They stated — as if it were a simple point of fact — that Donald Trump is making race a core campaign issue.

Who talks about race — Donald Trump, or the media?

And notice that Trump’s factually from the “opposite perspective” of being pro-non-white.

Dear All Left-Wing Writers and Talking Heads:

By and large, Donald Trump doesn’t talk about race. YOU talk about race. You talk about it and talk about it and talk about it, and then you talk about it. You never stop talking about it. And seemingly, every time Trump opens his mouth and talks about things which are not about race, you senselessly claim that’s all they concern.

Like a buncha maniacs.

Please stop. You’re making me spill my grape juice.

Love and Hugs,
Alex Parker

P.S. And to all y’all who are white: Please stop your institutional racism and white supremacy.

#Biden2020

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

More From Biden, Born 1942: Reparations? He’ll ‘Be Damned.’ Joe Has A Big Problem, & It’s Poised To Get A Lot Worse

TV Host Fingers The Cause Of Mass Shootings: ‘Racist Monster’ Donald Trump. But No One Can Answer My Question

Ben Carson Tells America: Donald Trump Is ‘Not A Racist’

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Twitter’s Most Notorious Feminist Learns the Cost of Wokeness

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Perhaps the most disconcerting evolution of our society in the past decade has been the rise of “wokeness” which is simply a hip name for the poison that is intersectionality. The idea that we aren’t defined by our individual merits and qualities (or in the eyes of God if you are religious), but rather that we are part of a monolithic “identity group,” with each identity being inherently more or less valuable depending on the current liberal hierarchy.

This is why you see even the most mundane facets of Christianity being attacked on the left but Islam being treated with kid gloves. It’s why you see such an obsession among Democrats with race and electing leaders not based on their ideas, but by what gender they are. Intersectionality may, in some isolated cases, stem from good desires. More often then not though, it’s simply a way to aggregate power for a select few.

It’s also poisonous to personal relationships. Take Saira Rao, who made a bit of a name for herself on Twitter as being the most over the top “woke” feminist on the platform.

She recently made a series of posts complaining that she had lost all her friends after trying to push them into her intersectional views.

Who would have ever imagined that your friends might shun you if you demanded they “give up whiteness.” What does that even mean? That’s simply not a thing a non-crazy person asks of someone they are in a personal relationship with. It’s the kind of shaming you’d expect from someone attempting to force their friends into a cult.

What Rao was really saying to her friends, which she doesn’t seem to realize, is that her own political views are more important than the views of her friends. When they didn’t bow before her intersectional evangelism, Rao didn’t take that as a sign that perhaps it’s ok to have differing views. Instead, she kept coming at them, shaming them, shoving propaganda in their face, and ultimately slandering them. Is it any surprise they eventually stopped hanging out with her?

More crazily, Rao doesn’t show any introspection or regret at all. Rather, she goes on to compare her friends to members of the KKK and calls them white supremacists.

If you are starting to think wokeness borders on mental illness, you wouldn’t be alone. This is not normal behavior. It’s not how you interact with other human beings socially. Labeling everyone who doesn’t want to “give up their whiteness” as a white supremacist strikes me as the rantings of a lunatic.

I feel some sympathy for Rao, but I also recognize this is completely of her own doing. Until she’s ready to actually think about her own flaws and the illogical insanity of her ideology, I don’t suspect her friends will be inviting her to Christmas anytime soon.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing in Rao’s thinking, nor the thinking of many on the far left that points to an awakening anytime soon. This kind of division in our culture is only going to get worse.

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#BedbugBret Stephens’ Week Goes From Bad to Worse as Trump Unloads on “Lightweight Journalist”

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It’s been a wild news week where bedbugs have featured prominently in national stories about poor working conditions at the New York Times, a minor-turned-major insult directed at Times columnist Bret Stephens, and allegations of a bedbug infestation at President Trump’s Doral golf resort.

The Stephens story is arguably the biggest among them, considering by his own hand he brought the harsh, glaring spotlight on himself by turning a harmless (in the scheme of things) Twitter insult from a George Washington University associate professor into a big f—in’ deal.

Naturally, President Trump was going to weigh in on this matter because Stephens, viewed in some circles as the NYT’s “token” conservative, is a frequent critic of Trump and has bragged about being a staunch part of the Never Trump movement.

Late last night and first thing this morning, Trump cut loose on the stories about alleged bedbug infestations at Doral, and Stephens himself:

Though Stephens has indeed deleted his Twitter account in the aftermath of the backlash against him, no doubt he’ll hear about Trump’s rant against him, since he seems to be super-sensitive to and monitors that sort of thing.

In a rather ironic update to Slate’s Monday story about the NYT bedbug infestation issue that was announced via an email to employees at the beginning of the week, exactly one bedbug was found “on a 3rd floor couch” after the affected areas were treated. There was no word, however, of whether or not Bret Stephens’ office is on the 3rd floor in the vicinity of that couch.

Stay tuned.

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Bernie Sanders Thinks He’s Praising Communism During Interview, but Is Actually Applauding Capitalism

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China is rife with problems. Be it religious persecution, an Orwellian way of treating its citizens,  and its penchant for communism, it’s not exactly the model country.

While 2020 candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, acknowledges that China has its problems, but seems to believe that the communist country has done more for its poor than any other country in the history of the world.

“China is a country that is moving unfortunately in a more authoritarian way in a number of directions,” Sanders told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball. “But what we have to say about China in fairness to China and it’s leadership is if I’m not mistaken they have made more progress in addressing extreme poverty than any country in the history of civilization, so they’ve done a lot of things for their people.”

As Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire points out, Sanders misunderstands how China helped its poor. It was never communism that helped the poverty levels, it created them. It was China’s turn to capitalism that helped the poor out of its rut, and Saavedra points to a Forbes article that describes how it happened:

…never before in history have so many people escaped poverty in such a short time as in the past decades in China. According to official World Bank figures, the percentage of extremely poor people in China in 1981 stood at 88.3%. By 2015 only 0.7% of the Chinese population was living in extreme poverty. In this period, the number of poor people in China fell from 878 million to less than ten million…

…China’s success provides clear evidence of the power of capitalism. Under Mao, the state had an omnipotent grip over China’s economy. What has happened over the past few decades can be summed up in a few sentences: China has progressively embraced the tenets of free-market economics, introduced private ownership, and gradually reduced the influence of the once all-powerful state over the Chinese economy. That the state still plays a major role today is simply because China is in the midst of a transformation process that began with complete state dominance of the economy.

In fact, it appears Sanders is a lot more careful about what he left out about China than what he praised, as pointed out by Paul Crookston of The Washington Free Beacon:

He did not address how China’s communist government has oppressed religious people and minorities, putting at least one million Uighur Muslims in concentration camps while instituting one of the most comprehensive surveillance states in history. In China, the Communist Party requires all religions to pledge ultimate loyalty to President Xi Jinping, who is atop a one-party system that does not allow political opposition.

China’s poor may have been helped out by China embracing capitalism more than it used to, but the falling poverty levels is a testament to capitalism, not the power of a communist government. The power of communism, which Sanders is dangerously close to applauding, results in every other problem you just read.

Sanders has a habit of skirting around the facts about the economic and governmental systems he heaps praise on. Every question thrown at him usually results him uttering the same few phrases that help him dodge the question. “Big corporations,” and “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer,” etc, etc.

I get the feeling Sanders knows his governmental system has massive flaws, but at this point, backing off from it would mean losing support, and more importantly for Sanders, money.

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Will CNN’s Seven-Hour Climate Change Town Hall Help The Democrats Or Trump?

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From left, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are introduced before the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Obviously, when CNN announces it will host a seven-hour town hall on climate change featuring ten of the Democratic candidates for president, the first response that comes to mind is “Does CNN just hate ratings?

The answer is that either CNN is committing either an act of journalism or, as its critics will call it, an act of activism. Either way, it is not difficult to see the logic: Climate change is a key issue for many of these candidates, and Democratic voters should get more than an ad or a soundbite on the subject.

Seven hours is, for a viewer, an intimidating length. CNN was kind enough to release a rough schedule* of what the town hall will look like, so you would only need to tune in for candidates** of interest to you*** if you wanted to see what they had to say.

  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro will be interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at 5 p.m. ET
  • Businessman Andrew Yang, who will also be interviewed by Blitzer, will come on at 5:40 p.m.
  • California Sen. Kamala Harris will be interviewed by CNN’s Erin Burnett at 6:20 p.m.
  • Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who will also be interviewed by Burnett, will appear at 7 p.m.
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden will be interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper at 8 p.m.
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who will also be interviewed by Cooper, will be on at 8:40 p.m.
  • Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be interviewed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo at 9:20 p.m.
  • South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who will also be interviewed by Cuomo at 10 p.m.
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke will appear with CNN’s Don Lemon at 10:40 p.m.
  • New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will also be interviewed by Lemon and will come on at 11:20 p.m.

What I find interesting is that the candidates have said that we have to act on climate change, but outside of “infrastructure” changes, there is very little talk of what would need to happen in order to accommodate the regulations needed to forces decreased carbon emissions in the private sector.

The reason that it is so interesting is that an aggressive environmental agenda probably played the biggest part in Hillary Clinton’s downfall in 2016.

When Obama was president, his administration was very active in combatting climate change through executive regulation. Even when he had both houses of Congress, he preferred to go about it executively. The Environmental Protection Agency and Obama’s executive orders would hurt coal miners, oil producers and refiners, and force companies to either take on massive costs in order to buy the equipment necessary to reduce emissions or just close down plants in order to save the money.

All of this would result in a massive loss of jobs, particularly at a time when the American economy couldn’t afford it. In all likelihood, this only exacerbated the job market issues Obama faced throughout his presidency. Jobs started to come back, but at a much slower pace than economists said would be necessary for the economy to fully recover.

By the time 2016 rolled around, many of those blue-collar workers who had lost jobs and never regained them, or had to work elsewhere, saw Hillary Clinton as a continuation of the Democratic policies that put them out of work in the first place. The fact that Donald Trump was not a Democrat and not beholden to those issues (as well as his adamant promise to bring those jobs back) made him a much more appealing candidate.

So obviously, there should be a question on September 4 to each of those candidates, asking if they can work toward environmental change without causing the same problems – especially if we are headed back toward a recession. How would the Democrats respond to this answer? Would Joe Biden stand by Obama’s actions, showing the working class he says he represents that he isn’t really on their side? Would Warren follow Clinton’s footsteps and focus on appealing to the intellectual class of the Democratic Party, ignoring the workers completely?

That’s the type of problem Democrats don’t yet seem to realize they’ll face. Environmentalism in politics necessitates the elimination of blue-collar jobs in the very areas that cost Clinton the 2016 election. The Democrats don’t have a solution to that, either, and it will end up costing them.

So, I think I do want to watch this town hall. I want to see if these answers exist. If they do, then we have a good set-up for a debate. If they don’t, then the Republicans have their ads for the Rust Belt. And, most importantly, some liquor company will have my money because I’ll need a lot of their product to make it through seven hours of this.

 

*As an aside, I would like to know what Jake Tapper might have said to get out of this because if I were him I would have looked at the proposal and laughed and laughed as I told them “No” along with a few colorful words for emphasis. But, alas, I am not Tapper, and I will never have the opportunity to say “No” to something like this, which may or may not be a blessing in disguise.

**A moment of silence for Jay Inslee, whose sole issue was climate change. The moment he drops out, CNN announces this town hall. The Good Lord works in mysterious ways.

***Where is Marianne Williamson? This is an outrage.

 

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Bill Barr Booked a Party at Trump’s Hotel and the Left Lost Their Minds, Then the Facts Came Out

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It’s almost like they are overlooking relevant facts on purpose to push a narrative. Nah, couldn’t be.

If you got on political social media today, you probably witnessed about eight hours of freakout centered on Bill Barr hosting a party at the Trump Hotel in DC. Here’s a sampling of some of the flailing about that took place.

From the headlines and the responses, you’d think Barr was evil incarnate, reaching a level of corruption never before seen in modern American politics. Taking DOJ money and using it to pay $30,000 to Donald Trump’s hotel? Beyond the pale.

Well, it would be if that was what actually happened.

So what’s really going on here? This wasn’t government money. It wasn’t funneling DOJ funds to Donald Trump or mixing business with pleasure. Rather, Bill Barr took his own money and booked a 4 hour party at Trump’s hotel for his friends and family, totaling about 200 attendees. Real scandalous stuff.

This entire outrage is stupid. Barr is free to spend his money as he wants. If he wants to burn a ridiculous sum on a Christmas party, more power to him. It wouldn’t be my choice, but it’s his money. The idea that this is corruption or a conflict of interest simply doesn’t add up. I saw one person suggest this was a “bribe.” Why would Barr need to bribe Trump? Wouldn’t it be the other way around if you buy into the conspiracy theories about them being in league together?

And does anyone think Trump cares about the few thousand dollars his business will clear after all the staff, food, and facility expenses are paid? Of course he doesn’t. The guy may not be as rich as he claims, but he’s still filthy rich.

I do like the fact that Barr seems to enjoy triggering these people. It’s refreshing to see a political appointee throw some shades on and ignore the woke mob for a change.

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Update: In Twitter Post, Beto O’Rourke Doubles Down on Ghoulish Third Trimester Abortion Position

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This morning I wrote about a campaign appearance 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke made in Charleston, SC on Monday where he was asked by a pro-life voter about his stance on abortions late into the third trimester of pregnancy when the unborn baby is viable.

O’Rourke’s answer was not surprising but was very disturbing nevertheless, and spoke volumes about the left’s ghoulish position on abortion. To quickly recap, here’s an abbreviated version of the transcript:

Voter: And someone asked you specifically, specifically about third trimester abortions, and you said that’s a decision left up to the mother. So, my question is this: I was born September 8th, 1989, and I want to know if you think on September 7th, 1989, my life had no value.

Beto: Of course I don’t think that. And of course I’m glad that you’re here. But you referenced my answer in Ohio, and it remains the same. This is a decision that neither you, nor I, nor the United States government should be making. That’s a decision for the woman to make.

(The College of Charleston crowd uproariously applauds)

We want her to have the best possible access to care and to a medical provider, and I’ll tell you the consequence of this, this attack on a woman’s right to choose …

Voter interjects: But what about my right to life?

Beto:I listened to you and I heard your question. I’m answering it. And the attack on Roe v. Wade, which we thought was the settled law of the land, and lest we had any illusion that the achievements that we’ve made are protected forever, or that progress is inevitable, that has been shattered right now.

As I noted in my post, it was mostly a stock answer he gave on the issue, designed to win applause. But reading between the lines, here’s what Beto was really telling that pro-life voter even though he didn’t actually say the words:

“Yes, I’m glad you’re here but I’m also glad your mother had the right to abort you up to the moment of birth and it would have been ok if she did because it’s legal and we should respect a woman’s decision no matter what it is.”

Unfortunately, O’Rourke doubled down on that position in a tweet posted this afternoon, which includes video of the voter’s question and Beto’s answer:

Several conservative websites have written about this story, but the only mainstream media outlet I’ve seen report on it is Fox News. Don’t look for many – if any – journalists from other major news outlets to write about it, or press him for more specifics on his answer, or ask him if there should be any exceptions for third trimester abortions.

Because when it comes to the so-called “right” to terminate an unborn life up until the moment of birth – and beyond, the mainstream media have made it very clear where they stand: with Democrats.

Sad.

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Let the Memes Begin: Video Shows Bernie Sanders Punching a Speed Bag – and It Hits Back

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Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the Ali Center in Louisville, KY – 8/25/19. Screen grab via Reddit user cmplxgal.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held a rally in Louisville, KY on Sunday at the Muhammad Ali Center where his main focus was to attack Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in his own backyard.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported on the rally and what Sanders said to fire up the crowd of around 2,000:

Sanders, fighting to be the Democratic nominee in 2020, accused McConnell of blocking important legislation in the U.S. Senate at the behest of corporate interests and detriment of the working class.

“I say to Mitch McConnell: Please stand with the working people in Kentucky and America, not your wealthy campaign contributors,” Sanders said.

Sanders told the crowd that McConnell was obstructing legislation recently passed by the U.S. House that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15, expand background checks on gun purchases and strengthen the country’s election security from foreign attacks.

McConnell has the right to vote against those bills and explain such opposition to his constituents, but he lacks the right to “stop democracy in the United States Senate,” the Vermont senator said.

As it turns out, McConnell wasn’t Sanders’s only target. Since the 2020 presidential candidate was at the Ali Center, sometime before or after his speech, he took a few swings at a speed bag, according to video posted by Reddit user cmplxgal on Monday.

I couldn’t embed the video, but multiple Twitter users posted an abbreviated, soundless clip of Sanders punching – and then the bag punching him back:

The video appears to be authentic, and was filmed sometime during the course of an interview with Vice News:

Needless to say, the jokes have already started:

I’m anxiously awaiting reactions to this video from Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Dan Crenshaw and/or President Trump. Should be epic.

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The Washington Post Smears Pro-Lifers As White Supremacists Because No One Is Safe

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The Washington Post is just awful.

If you’d like more evidence of that, here’s a piece they put out today tying pro-lifers to white supremacy and suggesting that J.D. Vance subscribes to the white nationalist replacement theory. The author of the article is someone names Marissa Brostoff, who epitomizes the know nothing nature of so many current journalists.

Her proof of such a stupid, ahistorical claim? That Steve King is pro-life. Really, that’s pretty much what here argument boils down to. I hear Steve King also drives a car, thereby cars are clearly white nationalist garbage.

Last fall, speaking to a far-right Austrian magazine, the Iowa Republican congressman Steve King succinctly laid out his theory of Western decline. The problem, he suggested, was a demographic born at the nexus of reproduction and immigration. “If we continue to abort our babies and import a replacement for them in the form of young violent men, we are supplanting our culture, our civilization,” King said.

King’s views are certainly problematic, especially if you take the worst interpretation of them (to be fair, he doesn’t actually say “white” anywhere in his comments). But King is hardly dispositive that the greater pro-life movement is somehow tied to white supremacy. History tells quite the opposite story.

In fact, Brostoff’s article is an exercise in contradiction. Abortion is a form of eugenics, one she supports. 36% of all babies aborted are black. Planned Parenthood exists today because a founder who sought to use abortion to eradicate minorities founded it. What does any of this have to do with the largely religiously based pro-life movement?

Take this word salad for example.

This juxtaposition has been particularly cruel over the past year, as revelations about the imprisonment of migrant children in concentration camps have coincided with a wave of draconian antiabortion legislation. (Just last week, a federal appeals court approved Trump administration rules cutting off federal funds from health-care providers that offer abortions or even discuss the procedure with patients, effectively slashing the budget of organizations like Planned Parenthood.) But understanding this confluence as ironic can actually mislead us. In fact, as King and his white nationalist allies have become increasingly comfortable admitting, state crackdowns on reproductive and immigrant rights are inextricably linked.

In other words, she’s essentially asserting that Republicans are evil and want to kill everyone, but also they are pro-life and that’s super evil as well. If you are struggling to square that circle logically, don’t be too hard on yourself. It makes absolutely no sense.

Here’s the reality. Being pro-life means eliminating abortion for all races. It means more black and Hispanic babies being born, not less. There is absolutely nothing even resembling white supremacy is such a viewpoint. It’s actually the complete opposite. Pro-abortion advocates, on the other hand, are an ally of the white nationalist movement because they largely target minority women and their unborn children.

To assert that being against abortion is actually helping white supremacists is ludicrous on its face. In short, this writer is attempting to link two diametrically opposed ideas simply to cram the circle of her politics into the square of what abortion actually does and who it affects the most.

As you read Brostoff’s piece, it’s lack of any actual citation for her claims is notable. What she’s attempting to do is claim that because white supremacists are concerned with falling birthrates (of white people), that this means all people encouraging more births (of all races) are white supremacists. This is nonsense. It’s like saying that because the Christchurch shooter was concerned about the environment that environmentalism is therefore white supremacy. An idea can be adopted by bad actors. It does not make the idea defined by those bad actors.

Falling birthrates are actually an issue for economies and we’ve seen countries of all different racial makeups encouraging parenthood. That movement has exactly nothing to do with white nationalism and everything to do with nations acting in their own self-interests. If someone wants to argue for abortion and be against governments encouraging more births, fine. But trying to connect that to white supremacy and then claim pro-lifers are white supremacists is disgusting garbage.

To end her piece, Brostoff then smeared J.D. Vance by claiming he was touting white nationalist replacement theory. This despite him clearly spelling out what he was talking about.

J.D. Vance’s wife is a minority and his children are half Asian. The modern woke movement has no room for critical thinking or facts though, so Brostoff ran with her gross insinuation anyway. The Washington Post has since scrubbed that paragraph and offered a correction, no doubt to avoid being sued. What she had originally written was likely actionable defamation.

I’ll end by reiterating that the modern white supremacist movement, however tiny it actually is, is largely pro-abortion. Richard Spencer, for example, supports abortion. Brostoff, whether she wants to accept it or not, is finding far more common cause with racists than pro-lifers are. Her entire piece smacks of looking in the mirror and not liking what she sees. Instead of reflecting on the immorality of her own views though, she sought to project evil on others via illogical nonsense lacking any and all evidence.

While many conservatives on social media acted shocked that the Post would even publish this, I’m not surprised at all. This is who these people are. This is their agenda. We either push back against it vehemently or we collapse under its weight.

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