President Trump's 2020 rivals each had incendiary statements to share today.
In a videotaped interview released this morning, Biden spoke with Ady Barkan, a healthcare advocate who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Speaking through a computerized device, the wheelchair-bound Barkan asked a series of questions of Biden.
It's clear what Biden's campaign wanted out of this interview. Barkan's disease allows Biden to display empathy, and further, to bring up the hard circumstances of his own life, such as losing his wife and daughter in a car crash, and his son Beau to brain cancer--all in order to discuss national health care.
First, though, Biden said hello to Barkan's wife and children, remarked on the children's beauty, and told them that he and Jill were sending them small stuffed animals. With the cute-but-awkward preface concluded, the wives and children excused themselves.
On to the interview, where Biden chose to claim that he got involved in the 2020 race due to Trump's "very fine people on both sides" comment after Heather Heyer's death in Charlottesville, Virginia. Democrats have chosen to embrace this canard that Trump praised neo-Nazis no matter how many times it is debunked.
After a series of healthcare questions, the topic moved to policing. Barkan stated, in perfect hindsight, that if a "wellness counselor and a tow truck" would have been sent to deal with the violent, drunk, and COVID-paroled Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy's in Atlanta, "Brooks would still be alive today, and his three daughters would still have their daddy."
From this sloppily emotional appeal to voters' sensibilities arose Biden's gaffe. Or perhaps a view into how far he has caved in to the far left.
Surplus military equipment for law enforcement, they don't need that! The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into a neighborhood just like the military invading. They don't know anybody, they've become the enemy.--Joe Biden
It wasn't the worst of Biden's slip-ups, but his sentiment exposed a lack of common sense, an inability to speak to the other side, the much larger issue in America today. For every unfortunate incident where an innocent person of any skin color gets killed, we have police--our first responders--committing suicide and quitting in droves.
It's unsustainable, and exactly what our enemies, foreign and domestic, desire.
Kanye West, who set off a celebrity news storm when he announced his quixotic presidential run two days ago, shared some of his positions on the issues today. West's candidacy has confused mainstream political pundits and exposed a vein of naiveté about West's influence in black culture.
Assumptions and hot takes were various and absurd: his run will seal the deal for Trump, or for Biden, or that a broad plurality of blacks will vote for West.
In any case, he will be a write-in candidate in many states as he has missed the deadlines to appear on most ballots. Of course, that doesn't preclude him from sharing some uncomfortable truths about how Democrats systemically harm black America.
In a wide-ranging interview with Forbes released today, West shared the name of his third party: the Birthday Party ("Because when we win, it's everybody's birthday"). Some of his other views:
Amidst the silliness, truth lurks. Planned Parenthood clinics are overwhelmingly found in black neighborhoods, founder Maragret Sanger did refer to blacks as "human weeds". The idea of a universal vaccine sounds awfully like "the mark of the beast" to many Christian ears, Evangelical or not. Altering every last human's DNA with animal or synthetic DNA in a vaccine strikes many as a bridge too far, especially just to ward off a virus with a 99.75% survival rate.
As for Trump vs. Biden, West has opinions.
“I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special.”
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