Gaffe-prone presidential hopeful Joe Biden put his foot in his mouth during an Iowa campaign stop on Thursday when he told a group of predominately Asian and Hispanic voters that “poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.”
Biden committed the stunning blunder while speaking about education at a town hall with the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, where he’s campaigning and fundraising for the 2020 Democratic primary.
Oh, Joe. Oh, Joe. It really is time for him to go. Julie Pace and Bill Barrow (AP) report:
At the start of the week, Biden got the locations of two back-to-back mass shootings wrong. And on Thursday night, he told voters in Des Moines that poor kids were as bright and talented as white children. He caught the flub and quickly added: “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.”
Defending himself on Saturday, he told a reporter that he “misspoke” and said, “I don’t think anybody thinks that I meant something other than what I said I meant.”
But during the same exchange with reporters, he said he “watched what happened when those kids from Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president.” The shooting at the Florida high school happened in 2018, a year after Biden left office.
The former vice president’s ultimate success in the race will depend in part on whether voters’ warm feelings toward him will help excuse his frequent missteps or see them as a sign that the candidate — who would be the oldest president ever elected — has lost a step.
“He’s always been prone to gaffes. That was true when he was in his 40s, 50s and 60s,” Axelrod said. “The difference is because people are looking for signs of potential deterioration, gaffes that would be written off as Joe being Joe can become much more damaging to him.”
He needs to go. He's too lost to be on the national stage and we can't pin our hopes on him in a general election -- not with his history.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
The Trump administration deported 41-year-old Detroit man Jimmy Aldaoud to Iraq — he'd never been to Iraq, spoke no Arabic, and couldn't access his insulin. He died on Tuesday.
No, the Trump administration didn't deport him. The US deported him. Use it as a reason to vote Donald Trump out, fine. But don't kid yourself that this rests only on Donald Trump. Don't be a liar, like Shaun King.
Trump murdered Jimmy Aldaoud when he deported him to Iraq. He was born in Greece. Is a Christian. Doesn’t speak Arabic. Lived in the USA since he was 6 months old. Died on the streets of Iraq because he was diabetic and couldn’t find insulin.
Shaun King is a liar. He knows better but he pretends the whole thing is Donald Trump.
The courts failed Jimmy and the Congress failed Jimmy. We the American people failed Jimmy. We all allowed a system in place to continue to exist. Donald didn't invent deportations. They existed as part of the system. He's not gamed the system, he's done what is allowed.
It's outrageous what we allow.
Shame on anyone who needs to lie or whore to pretend that the problem is Donald Trump. That lie may let you sleep safe at night but it's not the truth and it doesn't help immigrants.
Barack Obama deported more immigrants than any other US president. And some of those died after being deported as well. The press existed to oooh and aaaah over every move of Barack's. He was their preening baby boy. And they ignored all that he did wrong.
There are no perfect human beings who become presidents in our modern age. They all have huge egos and they all lie a lot. That includes Barack. And these people who are trying to once again deify him are mental midgets who are incapable of any thought or any action. They lie to themselves because they're cowardly jerks who won't do the work required.
If you are truly offended about what happened to Jimmy, you should take your part of the blame -- a blame all of us -- me included -- in the United States share -- and demand changes to the system.
You should also grasp that there are worse places Jimmy could have gone than Iraq. Unlike the US, Iraq has universal health care. After the US government destroyed Iraq, when it was time to redraw rights, they were happy -- the US government -- to strip the rights of women and any other attacks they could get away with. They would have liked to have turned Iraq over to private insurance but they knew they couldn't get away with that.
So at some point, when you're done shrieking at Donald Trump, you also need to find out how, in Iraq, Jimmy fell through the cracks. He was a diabetic before he left the US. He was on insulin before he made it to Iraq. Was this not properly conveyed during the deportation? If so, another failure of the United States. If it was conveyed, did the Iraqi government not do what they needed to do to ensure that the newly arrived Jimmy received insulin.
I'm not shocked that so many refuse to admit our guilt in what happened to Jimmy. I am stunned that Shaun King -- who always plays more-woke-than-thou -- wants to pretend this is all Donald Trump's fault.
That lie does nothing to help immigrants and does nothing to change the system. All that lie does is provide motivation to vote Donald Trump out -- the system remains the same and that means the press goes into darkness on this issue when someone they like is next in the White House.
If Jimmy's life and his death mattered, we all owe it to him to be honest about what happened, how it happened and how we can change it from ever happening again.
It's also amazing how there is no concern for Iraqi refugees who suffer throughout the world, scattered as a result of the US-initiated and US-led Iraq War.
Though the US doesn't discuss it and the US outright ignores it, #SaveIraqiRefugees has been a trending hashtag on Twitter for some time now.
For those how had the luxury of looking away in the past, here are some older Tweets.
We(Iraqi refugees-Turkey)are complaining from delaying the processing of our files since2013/14/15/16till.the unfair is we choosed the legal way but we faced long waiting,by contrast,who went illegally have got resettled even got IDs while we are waiting #SaveIraqiRefugees
And here are some more recent Tweets.
Here are some more recent Tweets.
What about the rights of Iraqi refugees in Turkey?They have been waiting resettlment since2013/14/15till now.They lost their gains,homes,children's future and even their families.we want justice,other nationalities came after us and settled before us #SaveIraqiRefugees InTurkey
We are,the old people,the weak women,the teenagers,the children,and the disabililties people in Turkey,whome the world humanity let them down,because of leaving them wait for resettlment for a long time #SaveIraqiRefugees
Jimmy is dead. That's awful. In life we did nothing as a people to rescue him. If we want to honor him in death, the answer is to address the system and change it. Pretending it's all Donald Trump's fault will not help refugees, will not bring a human response to the immigration issue.
The United States loves to lie to itself which is how they pretended nothing at all was wrong when Barack Obama (and Joe Biden) deported more immigrants than had ever been deported before.
At last week's debates, some activists made their voices heard. Jake Tapper gave a disgusting look to the cameras and ignored them.
Now that might fly with Don Lemon who is nothing but a huckster and has no news background. But Jake came from ABC NEWS and when someone's protesting in a debate that is actual news. If they are not on the microphone and you are part of the news industry, it is your job to tell the audience what they were saying. There's no excuse for ignoring it the way Jake did.
That the issue was immigration makes it all the more appalling because Jake Tapper and others spent eight years of Barack Obama's two terms as president ignoring the reality of what was happening.
I'm sure your fam wasn't harmed by the Obama deportation machine. Mine was. Some of the fams of the ppl who were protesting Biden were. Stupid is running on a pro-immigrant platform, having an entire Democratic gov, not passing any legislation & instead deporting millions of us.
Neera Tanden is the ugly girl no guy wanted to f**k in high school or college who had no achievements -- scholastic or otherwise -- to boast of so she sold whatever was left of her soul to defend the system.
Barack is not in the White House. That he managed to go eight years without being held accountable while president goes to how he rigged and gamed the system.
He is raking in millions each year that no one else is. It's not like he knows a damn thing about creating entertainment content but NETFLIX is paying him millions to do so -- unless they go under first, please let them go under. He's sailing around on Richard Branson's yacht.
He's not doing a damn thing to help anyone. And he never will. He came from a whore mother -- yeah, let's stop being nice, she spread her legs all over Indonesia to spy for the US government, that is why she was there and it's why Barack, immediately after receiving his B.S., went to work for a CIA cut-out. Why is John Pilger the only one who will tell the truth?
The same reason that Amy Goodman put on a CIA whore to cover for Barack's mother. She did. Did Amy know? Amy's basically functionally illiterate so who knows what that piece of trash knows. What I know, what Elaine knows, is that bitch of the 'left' was a CIA agent. We knows that because she was a whore -- an ugly whore, the men she slept with must have been desperate -- and a loud person that we never cared for and when Elaine was dating a member of the British Parliament and we were at a party that creature crashed the party, and Elaine's date slipped and let out that she was working for the CIA. So we know for a fact that she's an old whore for the CIA. All she could do was suck off strangers to get information. She's a dirty whore. That's also what Barack's mother was. Only Stanley wasn't ugly and didn't look like a man. But she did trick people and spy on them and pretend she was there to help while all she was doing was finding out ways to undermine them. She was a whore. Gloria Steinem is as well. She's so mad that she can't escape her CIA past. In the 70s, she would tell friends like me that it was a lie. And we believed her because she was convincing and she was our friend. But as women like Marilyn French, who we respected, refused to let it go, the charge wasn't just something between Gloria and Betty Friedan. Thanks to YOUTUBE, we can now all see Gloria in the sixties bragging about her work for the CIA. She's an ends justifies the means piece of trash. Her dishonesty or the way her spying impacted others (people were killed, Gloria, because of your spying) is not to be dismissed and, fortunately, it's not going to be. She does not get the last word and that reality is tearing her up in side. May it destroy her completely, that's the only justice for her victims.
There are serious questions to ask about the attempt to overthrow the 2016 election and John Brennan and others role in that. It appears to have been a CIA operation. At one point, when the press was a tiny bit more independent, there was concern in 1980 that Poppy Bush was CIA and running for the vice presidency.
There was no such concern over Barack and his ties to the CIA. It appears that Barack and the CIA got a little over confident about what they could get away with it and thought they could get away with running Donald Trump out of office on lies.
This was an assault on our democracy. It had nothing to do with Russia. It is so strange that while the assault was going on, none of our brave press stopped to note how many CIA officials were coming out publicly against Donald Trump. That's not their role. They should have no role, the CIA needs to be shut down. But they went way beyond what had been accepted before and instead of making that point, the press looked the other way.
Yes, some looked the other way because they're on the CIA payroll. Some looked the other way because they thought they were 'helping' the US government. Some looked the other way out of fear. Some looked the other way because they're just too damn stupid to grasp what they see with their own eyes.
But this was a clear assault on the presidency and on democracy.
I can't stand Donald Trump. That goes back years and years.
That has nothing to do with what was done to our presidency and our democracy by the illegal actions of the CIA and members of the Obama administration.
If Donald Trump wants a shot at history in any way, he better be working to expose the liars. They need to be exposed, they need to be put in prison.
If you're a little cry baby who can't grasp how dangerous this was, then you're hurting democracy.
We will always have people elected to be president that we don't like. That's the system we have.
But to allow an administration to weaponize intel against a presidential candidate as was done with Donald Trump is outrageous. And if Donald Trump doesn't have the guts to get to the bottom of this, our democracy doesn't exist. If the people responsible are not punished, this will happen again and, at some point, it's going to happen to a president that you care about.
If you have any ethics at all, you grasp that the situation matters regardless of who is president.
Trump-era "Resistance" media & political culture should be studied for its craven self-interest & political stupidity. Instead of focusing on his actual policies, top Democratic & media figures embraced a moronic conspiracy theory. The result? This:
Donald's now more popular. Great job BUZZFLASH and others. Keep pimping nostalgia for Barack Obama and trying to sell Michelle's bad book. That'll help us get Medicare For All -- no, it won't. I'm so tired of these whores and idiots who appoint themselves as the saviors of the American people and then waste everyone's time ignoring real needs and issues while they attempt to manipulate the electorate.
Want to deal with real issues? Talk about what's being done by the US government to Venezuela.
The Trump admin is trying to overthrow Venezuela's government w/ crippling, murderous sanctions that a leading opposition economist warns could lead to famine. Yet a lot of top progressives have ignored it & even key Democratic leaders support it:
Disgraceful that US coup effort in Venezuela has either been ignored or cheered on by top Dems/pundits. US has just imposed a blockade on top of the murderous sanctions that a leading opposition economist warns could cause famine. (thegrayzone.com/2019/07/23/us-…) Where's the Resistance?
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