Andrea Widberg, Candy Crowley, Chris Wallace bias, Democrat coup attempt, dog whistles, Gropin' Joe Biden, James Randi, James Woods, Michael Goodwin, Peter Popoff, President Trump, Stanley Kurtz, Thomas Lifson, white supremacists
Remember, gentle readers, that D/S/Cs, according to Gropin’ Joe Biden, believe in truth over facts. Therefore, the media will report their “truth,” and for the facts, we can go to the transcript (link here).
I’m writing this second article on the first debate because it’s easy to overlook things on the first pass. Reading the transcript, I find I overlooked a great deal. I thought President Trump made several good points. Actually, he made virtually all of the good points of the evening, unlike Biden, who made even less sense overall than I first imagined.
The sheer number of Biden’s nonsensical assertions and outright lies is also much greater than I initially realized. By all means, take the link and read the transcript. There is far more substance to what Mr. Trump had to say, and far, far less to what Biden had to say than was first apparent. What remains constant is Chris Wallace’s bias.
We expect rank dishonesty from the Washington Post, and they do not disappoint:
Fortunately, there is video to expose their lies:
I’m far from the only one that noticed Wallace’s bias:
But for now, let’s review some of the post debate commentary. It too is telling. We begin with Thomas Lifson at The American Thinker:
It’s crystal-clear that the media branch of the Democrat party thinks Joe Biden blew it last night and damaged his electoral prospects in the first of three scheduled debates with President Trump. There seems to be pretty widespread consensus on the left that when it comes to Biden, the less voters know about him by watching him in a presidential spotlight, the better.
Fox News has assembled a large number of calls on Biden to go back to his basement on the next two debate nights, October 15 and 22.
Take the link and read the whole thing. My pal Andrea Widberg, also had some thoughts at The American Thinker:
The short version of the debate is that Biden did well if one ignored that almost every other statement he made was a lie or fantasy; Trump dominated him, almost too aggressively; and Chris Wallace may have been the worst and most obviously biased moderator since Candy Crowley. Most significantly, though, Biden and Trump each made a critical point. Biden’s was a tacit admission that if he is elected president, he will preside over the end of the filibuster, allowing Democrats to pack the courts and add two new Democrat-majority states. Trump’s point was that he’s holding damning evidence about the Democrats’ coup attempt.
I suspect the only October Surprises that will matter will come from Mr. Trump, and one may come sooner than the others, but we’ll discuss that shortly. Let’s see what Steve Hayward had to say at Powerline:
I missed most of the debate last night, because it occurred during the dinner hour out here on the left coast, and dinner is a sacred institution in our household. But I saw enough to see why everyone thinks it stunk.
I did, however, flip around to take in some of the post game show on several news channels, and I was struck by how uniformly glum the liberal network news types were. The subtext here was that Biden was weak in the face of Trump’s boorishness. The fact that so many media figures are saying the next two debates should be canceled is quite telling. I’m guessing they know Biden is going to wilt under the onslaught.
About which: it is hardly a news flash that Trump can be a bully. But there may be a method to his seeming madness. Remember how Biden manhandled Paul Ryan in the 2012 debate by constantly interrupting and ridiculing Ryan? Ryan’s mistake was that he came prepared to debate policy ideas—silly wonk that he is—while Biden wanted to make Ryan look young and inexperienced. And he was successful at doing that with Ryan. Trump wasn’t about to let that happen, but along the way he did induce Biden into making several mistakes, such as refusing to answer about court packing, and getting Biden to back away from the Green New Deal. And ask yourself a simple question: who looked like the stronger person on that stage? That isn’t a close call.
Indeed. Who do we want as President? A strong man who accomplishes the impossible or an elderly dementia patient? Stanley Kurtz at Powerline brings up several important points:
For my money, the law-and-order segment was the decisive exchange of the night. The differences between the candidates were stark. I think Trump was likely the big winner there, but that presumes the country is closer to his view than Biden’s. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
The section on climate change versus the economy was also clarifying. The most important and politically consequential controversy—Biden’s shifting position on fracking—was never properly addressed. Even so, the very different ways in which the candidates strike the balance on environment-versus-economy came through. I think that’s another winner for Trump.
As I noted yesterday, Chris Wallace framed the question as “the science of climate change,” which assumes we must destroy the world, by returning to a pre-industrial existence, to save it. Rational people know better, so to the extent the majority of Americans are rational, that is certainly a winner for Trump.
As usual, Michael Goodwin at The New York Post finds important issues others miss:
But the last word in pre-debate scrimmage came from the White House, with Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe releasing a statement late Tuesday charging that the FBI, among others, knew in the summer of 2016 that Hillary Clinton was going to create the Russia, Russia, Russia collusion theory. The FBI also reportedly knew that Russia knew this, and told all of it to Obama.
So when the ex-president says ‘democracy’ is at stake this year, what he really means is that he, Biden and all Democrats are screwed if Trump gets four more years — and can completely uncover and release the proof showing all the ways they abused their power to try to steal the 2016 election for Clinton and then sabotage Trump’s presidency.
But to get that second term, Trump will need to have a better plan than he had Tuesday.
If Biden wins, the coup plotters win. The Durham investigation will be shuttered, and we’re a huge step closer to abject tyranny.
From Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media:
President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden went head-to-head on Tuesday night, and moderator Chris Wallace got knocked out. Wallace seemed to push left-wing talking points to help Biden and hurt Trump, but both candidates talked over him. Trump and Biden brought out the fisticuffs and both got in a few good hits. Biden stumbled but he did not come across as a bumbling fool.
While Trump and Biden both went on the offensive, Trump got in more clear statements and Biden came across as shifty, especially on packing the Supreme Court.
Actually, reading the transcript, one might well conclude Biden was a bumbling fool. Let’s review some transcript excerpts. This one was particularly damaging to Biden:
President Donald J. Trump: (09:02)
Your party doesn’t say it. Your party wants to go socialist medicine and socialist healthcare.
Vice President Joe Biden: (09:05)
The party is me. Right now, I am the Democratic Party.
President Donald J. Trump: (09:08)
And they’re going to dominate you, Joe. You know that.
Vice President Joe Biden: (09:09)
I am the Democratic Party right now.
President Donald J. Trump: (09:11)
Not according to Harris.
Here’s one of the few moments when Chris Wallace actually behaved like a responsible journalist:
Chris Wallace: (17:16)
Mr. Vice President, if Senate Republicans, we were talking originally about the Supreme Court here, if Senate Republicans go ahead and confirm Justice Barrett there has been talk about ending the filibuster or even packing the court, adding to the nine justices there. You call this a distraction by the President. But, in fact, it wasn’t brought up by the President. It was brought up by some of your Democratic colleagues in the Congress. So my question to you is, you have refused in the past to talk about it, are you willing to tell the American tonight whether or not you will support either ending the filibuster or packing the court?
Vice President Joe Biden: (17:55)
Whatever position I take on that, that’ll become the issue. The issue is the American people should speak. You should go out and vote. You’re voting now. Vote and let your Senators know strongly how you feel.
Wallace immediately redeemed his media credentials by letting Biden get away with his evasion. He should have noted politicians are supposed to take positions so people can decide if they want to vote for them. This exchange should take any honest “fact checker” about five seconds to research and conclude Biden was lying:
President Donald J. Trump: (22:09)
China ate your lunch, Joe. And no wonder your son goes in and he takes out billions of dollars. He takes out billions of dollars to manage. He makes millions of dollars. And also, while we’re at it, why is it just out of curiosity, the mayor of Moscow’s wife gave you a son three and a half million dollars?
Vice President Joe Biden: (22:28)
That is not true.
President Donald J. Trump: (22:28)
What did he do to deserve it? What did he do with-
Vice President Joe Biden: (22:31)
None of that is true.
President Donald J. Trump: (22:31)
… to deserve $183,000?
Chris Wallace: (22:31)
Sir, you’ve asked him a question, let him answer it.
Vice President Joe Biden: (22:37)
None of that is true.
President Donald J. Trump: (22:38)
Oh really, he didn’t get three and a half million?
In speaking about race, Biden demonstrates how his attention wanders. See how much sense you can make of this:
Vice President Joe Biden: (26:29)
It’s about equity and equality. It’s about decency. It’s about the constitution. And we have never walked away from trying to require equity for everyone, equality for the whole of America. But we’ve never accomplished it, but we’ve never walked away from it like he has done. It is true, the reason I got in the race is when those people… Close your eyes, remember what those people look like coming out of the fields, carrying torches, their veins bulging, just spewing anti-Semitic bile and accompanied by the Ku Klux Klan. A young woman got killed and they asked the president what he thought. He said, ‘There were very fine people on both sides.’ No president’s ever said anything like that. [crosstalk 00:27:10].
“What those people look like coming out of the fields…?” Here’s another example of Biden’s brain lumping together a variety of unrelated images, combined with outright lies:
Vice President Joe Biden: (27:13)
… second point I’d make to you, is that when Floyd was killed, when Mr. Floyd was killed, there was a peaceful protest in front of the White House. What did he do? He came out of his bunker, had the military use tear gas on them so he could walk across to a church and hold up a Bible. And then what happened after that? The Bishop of that very church said that it was a disgrace. The general who was with him said all he ever wants to do is divide people, not unite people at all. This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle, to try to generate racists hatred, racist division.
Many in the D/S/Cs media are claiming Biden was entirely coherent and masterful. Like this?
Vice President Joe Biden: (53:03)
He’s absolutely wrong, number one. Number two, if in fact, during our administration in the recovery act, I was in charge able to bring down the cost of renewable energy to cheaper than are as cheap as coal and gas and oil. Nobody’s going to build another coal fired plant in America. No one’s going to build another oil fire plant in America. They’re going to move to renewable energy. Number one, number two, we’re going to make sure that we are able to take the federal fleet and turn it into a fleet that’s run on their electric vehicles. Making sure that we can do that, we’re going to put 500,000 charging stations in all of the highways that we’re going to be building in the future. We’re going to build a economy that in fact is going to provide for the ability of us to take 4 million buildings and make sure that they in fact are weatherized in a way that in fact will they’ll emit significantly less gas and oil because the heat will not be going out. There’s so many things that we can do…
Perhaps we can if we can make sense out of what Biden is saying. Read this next excerpt and see how much sense Biden is making:
Vice President Joe Biden: (57:10)
… we’re going to be in a position where we can create hard, hard, good jobs by making sure the environment is clean, and we all are in better shape. We spend billions of dollars now, billions of dollars, on floods, hurricanes, rising seas. We’re in real trouble. Look what’s happened just in the Midwest with these storms that come through and wipe out entire sections and counties in Iowa. They didn’t happen before. They’re because of global warming. We make up 15% of the world’s problem. But the rest of the world, we’ve got to get them to come along. That’s why we have to get back into the Paris Accord.
Remember Biden was for the Green New Deal, then he wasn’t for the Green New Deal, and then:
Vice President Joe Biden: (58:57)
The Green New Deal will pay for itself as we move forward. We’re not going to build plants that, in fact, are great polluting plants-
Chris Wallace: (59:05)
So, do you support the Green New Deal?
Vice President Joe Biden: (59:07)
Chris Wallace: (59:08)
Do you support the-
Vice President Joe Biden: (59:08)
No, I don’t support the Green New Deal.
President Donald J. Trump: (59:10)
Oh, you don’t? Oh, well, that’s a big statement.
To be absolutely fair, reading the transcript we discover that President Trump occasionally failed to full explain what he was saying. This, however is not a sign of dementia, just someone who deals with complex issues daily not stopping to realize he has to provide a bit more context for people that don’t. Then we have Joe Biden on ballot integrity:
Vice President Joe Biden: (01:06:36)
I am concerned that any court would settle this, because here’s the deal. When you get a ballot and you fill it out, you’re supposed to have an affidavit. If you didn’t know, you have someone say that, this is me. You should be able to, if in fact you can verify that’s you before the ballot is thrown out, that’s sufficient to be able to count the ballot because someone made a mistake and not dotting the correct I. Who they voted for, testify, say who they voted for, say it’s you. That is totally legitimate.
Chris Wallace: (01:07:09)
Perhaps Wallace understood that; I doubt anyone else did. If we’re willing to try to explain what we think a candidate might have been trying to say if they weren’t suffering from dementia, we might want to reexamine our criteria for picking political leaders.
Finally, we visit The Gateway Pundit who provides some intriguing thoughts on Biden wearing a receiver. As I’m sure you know, the Trump Campaign asked for a third party to examine each candidate for receivers. According to them, the Biden Campaign initially agreed, but the day of the debate, refused to allow it.
At one point in the debate, Biden reached inside his jacket to adjust something, and when he pulled out his hand, what appears to be a wire was visible:
At another point in the debate, something was visible in his sleeve:
Could it be part of a receiver/antenna setup? Certainly, though some are suggesting it could be a bracelet. However, notice the orientation of whatever it is. Were that a bracelet of any substance, it would not be sticking up. Gravity would pull it downward, out of sight, as Biden raised his arm, but an antenna taped in place would not move.
Do you remember, gentle readers, Peter Popoff? He was a faith healer who would miraculously know the names, afflictions and details of the lives of people who attended his “crusades.” Claiming knowledge and power from God, he would smack them on the head and proclaim them healeded. He was taking in millions in the 80s until James Randi took a radio scanner to one of his events and exposed him.
On the Tonight Show, he provided video and audio of Popoff’s wife reading from “prayer cards” people filled out when they arrived. She’d feed Popoff information, and he’d immediately use it as though getting insight from God. Take the link to the YouTube video and you’ll see what I mean.
Let us consider, gentle readers, what this might mean if Joe Biden was receiving help via radio. Those paying attention noticed that Biden frequently looked downward as though reading notes, or equally likely, listening to his handlers feed him lines. He was often far more fluent, his grammar and syntax far more competent than in his recent appearances. I suspect Mr. Trump and his campaign believe Biden was wired, and Mr. Trump’s aggressive interruptions were designed in part to disrupt Biden’s listening. We can be certain the Trump Campaign had state of the art radio intercept and recording gear present.
If Biden were wired, so to speak, we can expect to see a Randi-like expose of Biden’s prompting. The only question is when? Should they expose it as soon as possible after the first debate, or wait until later in the campaign, closer to Election Day, to expose it. They might have three separate recordings to work from then. Which might have the greater effect? Exposure now, when the Harris Campaign would have more time to replace Biden, or later when they’d be in total disarray?
Was Biden wired? We don’t know, and depending on the tactics the Trump Campaign chooses, we may never know, but it remains a tantalizing possibility. I’ll continue to cover the remaining debates—if they occur.
March Hare said:
Mr. Biden often wears a rosary as a bracelet on his left hand, commemorating his son, Beau. I think what we see in his cuff is the cross of the rosary sticking up, which it might do if it is caught on his watch band.
The “wire” is a tougher call. It might just be a wrinkle in his shirt; the picture quality is poor.
Frankly, I was surprised that Biden was actually out campaigning on Wednesday. I thought that the late hour and the mental strain of the debate would necessitate a day of recovery.
Old Barn said:
You may be right, but as a Catholic who is familiar with Rosary bracelets, etc., that does not look like one, nor does it explain why it is sticking up. Such a bracelet would tend to follow gravity, and, assuming it is the crucifix portion of the bracelet, likely the heaviest part, that would be even more the case, though I suppose it could be caught on something. The picture is also of poor quality. The wire, who knows. If he is receiving transmission, I hope he is exposed for the fraud he is, including fraud of a Catholic, though I would prefer he repent and correct his political life to accord with moral truth.
Mike McDaniel said:
Dear March Hare:
The video from which the screenshot was taken shows much more clearly that it is not a wrinkle in his shirt. A rosary? Possible.
Old Barn said:
This is purportedly an excerpt from a prayer composed for the nation by Bishop John Carroll in 1791. The prayer is a making the rounds in the chapel of perpetual adoration at our parish. Although I cannot vouch for it because I have not researched the origins beyond a quick internet glance, I suspect it is what is claimed. I share it because it is a challenge to think about where we are in light of these sentiments. Also notice the Justices/judges are not so preeminent, likely because the people knew the place of a judge and they had not yet grown to be the threat to the republic they are now.
“We pray O God of might, wisdom and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with your Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the president of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality.
Let the light of your divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.
We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by your powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.”