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After the awkward humor and the angry speeches about Donald Trump, Joe Biden finally emerges from his basement and he's alive. I'm Ben Shapiro. This is The Ben Shapiro Show.
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Now, before everybody gets too excited, let's just remember that when Hillary Clinton in 2016 spoke, the media were all over it. They were slobbering all over. Her speech was incredible. It was historic. And then she collapsed into a van. And that was pretty much the end of her campaign. Joe Biden is always one gaffe away from his campaign's extinction. So the expectations had been set pretty low. I mean, if he if he did not stumble through the entire speech and or physically fall down, then this was a victory for Joe Biden.
And he surpassed that with these. I mean, he really did. I thought he looked significantly more lively than he has any time during the campaign. I know that he's having a super Betawi. But the bottom line is that Joe Biden looked as though he had some energy for the first time in the campaign. He's been I mean, the sleepy Joe moniker that the Trump hung on him early on in this in this race really did apply. It did not apply.
Last night, Biden looked much more alive. He looks much more with it. His speech was quite well-written. It was a very good night for Joe Biden. It was it also highlighted the fact that really the Democrats have but one play in this playbook. And the playbook is Donald Trump is a bad man who's bad in orange. That is the entire playbook. And that makes sense. If you look at the at the Pew polls from the last couple of weeks, what you'll see is that 56 percent of people who support Joe Biden say they support Joe Biden.
They don't like Trump. It is not that people love Joe Biden and said they don't hate Joe Biden. And so the bar for for Biden is actually fairly low. He has to be somewhat coherent. He has to be in a live person who can breathe on his own. He has to be not Donald Trump, all of those things he is capable of doing. And last night, that's what he showed. Now, the burden for Trump and the RNC is going to be to re shift the conversation away from Trump's character because Trump is Trump and his character is going to continue to be his character.
They're going have to shift the conversation away from Trump and back to our policy. And that's always kind of a hard shift, because the fact is that Donald Trump had an easy out in 2016. The easy out in 2016 was. Yeah, you think I'm terrible looking at lady Hillary Clinton was wildly unpopular for decades. Is the two most unpopular candidates in American history going up against each other? One of them had governed and was unpopular. One of them had not governed and was unpopular.
And Americans were like, OK, let's try the one who hasn't done this yet. Maybe he'll be better. But Biden is not sort of the same thing. It's not that Biden is competent. It's not it's not that Biden is consistent on policy. He isn't it's not that Biden is an important historical figure. He is not for any particular reason. It is that Biden is not as inherently unlikable as Hillary Clinton. And so the avenue of attacking Joe Biden on character grounds is simply not as available as it was for Hillary Clinton with regard to Donald Trump.
And that is why the Democrats keep finding this vein, because they know that Trump is going to keep giving them material on Twitter. He's going to go out and going to make dumb comments from now until the election. They're counting on it. The one thing that Trump could do to stop all of this is simply to cut off the supply. If suddenly the Democrats were cut off from their heroin supply of Trump gaffes and trump nastiness on Twitter, they would wither.
So would the media. The media wouldn't know what to do if Trump simply shut down his Twitter account for three months before the election, he would rise in the poll by five percent and this thing would tighten up magnificently. Their state polls showing the things already tightening, but Democrats are counting on him not doing that. You can see that the entire Democratic Party is based around this because internally there are significant differences like Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders agree on very few things.
And on a personal level, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden don't agree on many things in terms of what ought to be done policy wise. The squad does not like Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi does not particularly like the squad. They are all united by the glue of Orangeman bad. And so you can go through eight long hours of DNC primetime programming and receive zero referer. He says to the threat of China, because it doesn't matter, the Democrats have widely varying views on what ought to be done about China.
Some want to be a little bit more harsh. Many of them want to be a lot more conciliatory. The Democrats are fairly united in their unwillingness to crack down on the Iranian attempted nuclear regime. In fact, they gave it a green light back during the Obama administration. And so we went eight long hours that any mention of the greatest threat to Middle East peace, namely the Iranian regime, went eight long hours without any mention at all, zero mention of rioting and looting in America's major cities, which continued last night in Portland.
I mean, zero mention of it, I've had riots in Chicago, in L.A., in New York, in Washington, D.C., in Portland, in Seattle and Seattle, they set up their own little Republican and people. And none of that existed if you watch the DNC. It's an alternative reality. And this is one of the problems with the media is that the media have obscured the actual reality in favor of an alternative reality, where all the bad things are really about Trump personally as opposed to bad things happening mainly in major Democratic areas, went through eight long hours of Democratic programming without once mentioning economic lockdown's not one, which is an incredible feat because their main pitch on covid is look at the economy, look how bad the economy is.
Why do you think the economy so bad? It is not purely because of the effects of it itself. In the early going, when states were being absolutely ravaged by covid, it was easy to make the case that it was not government policy that was leading to the economic failures in major states like New York and New Jersey. I mean, when the virus was running roughshod through New York, New Jersey and killing virtually everybody in nursing homes, it was at least easy to make the case people aren't going to go out and they're not going to circulate.
They're not going to go back to the office. Because they are afraid of the virus, but the fact is right now in New York, I was looking at these numbers today in New York, there were a grand total of seven deaths in the entire state of New York from covid yesterday. And they are still locked down in New Jersey there. A grand total of nearly zero deaths in the state of New Jersey reported yesterday, which means occurring yesterday.
It was probably zero. OK, they are still locked down in New Jersey. They're still locked down in major areas of the American economy. And the Democrats somehow got through eight hours of programming in which they featured the governor of of New York. They featured the governor of California, which is still shut down. And they never once mentioned that lockdown policies may have something to do with the fact that the economy has tanked. So that's pretty incredible, I mean, that's obscuring all the major issues, and that is the name of the game for Joe Biden, right?
At no point does he actually mention the issues. He just says, look, it's bad out there and I am sweetness and light.
That was his entire campaign speech last night, at no point did he actually lay forth a convincing policy on anything. His entire pitch was Donald Trump is satanic. Marianne Williamson, Williamson esque darkness, forces of darkness, shadowy forces of darkness. It was Marianne Williamson speech. It really was. I mean, that was Marianne Williamson. You remember back during the primaries, she talked about the forces of darkness and we will overcome. People laughed at her. Joe Biden just cribbed off her sheet, which is not a surprise.
And then he proclaimed himself the forces of light. So that's the entire Democratic campaign, which leads to too fact for the Trump campaign, because it was, I think, emotionally effective. Again, the entire campaign has now been Joe Biden is empathetic. He cares about you. He's a nice person. He's the forces of light. And Donald Trump is the force of darkness. Donald Trump has got to cut off the cocaine drug supply to the Democrats in the media of his own gaffes and his own personal foibles.
That's number one. And number two, he has to recenter on the fact that Democrats plans involve allowing cities to be run roughshod over by looters and rioters and allowing economies to be locked down until the end of time. Right. That is the those are the major issues in America today. And, by the way, also allowing the Chinese and the Iranians to do what they will on the foreign stage. It's still incredible to me that the entire media have completely ignored the fact that the intelligence community, the same intelligence community that is currently finding that the Russians are trying to interfere in the election on behalf of Donald Trump, also said that the Chinese and Iranian governments are trying to interfere on the election on behalf of Joe Biden.
That's gone completely without mention. And by the way, China is a much greater geopolitical threat to the United States right now than Russia has been for for at least a decade. OK, we're going to get into the actual events of the DNC in just one moment. First, let us talk about the fact that now is not a great time to go to the post office. You know, it is a great thing to do is get all the good services of the post office directly from your home computer.
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I mean, this was this really bottom of the barrel kind of humor. Also, it is worth noting here the same Democrats will claim that Republicans engage routinely in conspiracy theories. And I'll point out that President Trump didn't denounce Kuhnen because, you know, Akunin was in all of that. These same people engage in conspiracy theories like on a regular basis, openly and regularly. For eight long hours, the DNC, all you heard is that Donald Trump was trying to crush the Postal Service so that the mail would not be delivered in time for the election, which is just absolute crap.
I mean, we spent in an earlier podcast this week on exactly this topic for like forty five minutes. It's just nonsense. It is unsupportable by anything in fact or reality. Nonetheless, according to Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the DNC, in 2016, the election was stolen. Fullan stolen by I kid you not Facebook and Vladimir Putin and Fox News, none of which is true. Facebook did not steal the election for Donald Trump. That is sheer nonsense. Vladimir Putin did not steal the election for Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton, not visiting Wisconsin, stole the election for Donald Trump. Here is I mean, these are just open conspiracy theories trafficked in the light of day in the DNC. It's pretty incredible. Vote right now, you can text, vote to three three three to learn about all of your voting options and make the best plan for how to vote in your community wherever you are.
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Oh, yeah. That's that's that's very funny. That's it. Yeah. It's not a conspiracy theory at all that Facebook and Facebook run by Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg conspired to make Donald Trump. Sure. Sure. OK, but if that wasn't enough humor for you, there's a lot of humor. Last night, Julia Louis-Dreyfus also did a comedy routine on Mike Pence, his name, because, you know, it's because it's not hard to because it's racist to pronounce Kamala Harris his name wrong, because everyone does it, because it's pronounced in an interesting way.
Like for four years, everyone's had Kamala and now everybody says Kamala. But it's racist because because let's let's let's let's let's make fun of Mike Pence, his name. I seen him. So what did you think about Kamala Harris speech last night? It was tremendous. I was so happy for her, I know, me too. She was fabulous. I cannot wait to see her debate. Our current vice president, Mika Pints, or is it paints.
It's pronounced pontes, I believe.
Oh, some kind of weird foreign name. Yeah, not very American sounding. Yeah, that's what people are saying strongly. Who thought that was funny, like who thought that was funny? Whoo hoo hoo. Also, I did enjoy last night church became OK again. That was exciting. So Julia Louis-Dreyfus was talking up the fact that Joe Biden goes to church. Now, in some cases, he can't actually receive communion because, of course, he's a rabid pro-choice activist.
But but that's OK. He goes to church a lot. Apparently, it's OK to go to church so long as you don't actually believe any of the prescriptions about life in the womb. Here's Julie. It's exciting stuff. When Democrats are talking about God, it doesn't get awkward at all. Just remember, Joe Biden goes to church so regularly that he doesn't even need tear gas and a bunch of federalized troops to help him get there, when when will that there are funny things you can say about Trump.
Why don't they just say them? There are many funny things like is anybody sitting at home guffawing out loud at us? I don't think so. Other comedians who are brought forth, Sarah Cooper, whose entire shtick is making funny faces while pretending to mouth lines from President Trump. Suddenly she's she's a celebrity at the DNC because literally her entire shtick is she makes funny faces while mouthing speeches by Trump, which, by the way, is not as funny as just Trump saying these things.
Trump I'm sorry, Trump is inherently funny, changeless. The comedian pointed this out back in March, was like everybody on the left keeps saying Trump isn't funny. It's kind of funny that the president of the United States has threatened to nuke a hurricane. But but Democrats can't just leave well enough alone. So they have Sarah Cooper, author and comedian, which is a loosely defined comedian, doing it, doing a routine at the DNC. This was this is pretty low rent stuff here.
I've heard Donald Trump say some pretty unhinged things, I've heard them over and over and over again, but nothing is more dangerous to our democracy that his attacks on mail in voting during a pandemic.
OK, here's the truth. Donald Trump doesn't want any of us to vote because he knows he can't win fair and square. So whether you plan to vote by mail or in person wearing your mask, it is your vote and it's your right. Don't let Donald Trump take that away from you.
That's hilarious. I need to hear from this random lady who makes Tic-Tac videos. That's that's that's some hilarity, right. Wait, that wasn't meant to be funny. OK, sorry. OK, they also trotted out their favorite governors. I think maybe the funniest thing that happened in the entire DNC is they had a governor's panel and I kid you not they put Stacey Abrams on it. I'm not kidding you. They actually had a governor's panel and they had like Gretchen Whitmer.
And they had they had Brierty. Of Democratic governors from across America on this panel and on this panel, they had Stacey Abrams, who is not, in fact, the governor of a state, but they're just going to continue to pretend that she is the governor of a state. So that was actually funny. That was like that was the most comedic. There are a few of these comedic moments that popped up during the DNC. There's one moment where they had to have people clap for Kamala Harris, a speech.
They put up a big screen of various split screens from Zoome, people clapping and it turns out they couldn't find enough people to clap. So they just duplicated various little windows. It looked like Hollywood Squares, except several of the squares were exactly the same. So that was kind of fun. There are some comedic moments, but they were unintentional comedy. We'll get to the great governors and great senators from around the United States. Doing their little comedy bits in a moment of unity was very awkward until Biden took the stage honestly, like this was Biden's night, which is kind of a surprise since he's been an afterthought the entire convention.
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It does get very hot and it does get very dry in the state of California. It has literally my entire life. It is not breaking news that California is hot and it is not because of global warming, per say that California is is experiencing wildfires. Wildfires have been a thing in California for literally as long as as modern human beings have been living in California, has been quite hot here for for quite a while. Gavin Newsom sat in the forest and explained that it was global warming's fault, not his forest management fault.
Right. He doesn't they don't do any sort of forest clearing. So that leaves a lot of really, really dry terrain for the fires to race across. Gavin Newsom took some time out to go to the forest. James, what was where's James Comey? He was hiding behind that big tree behind him and and then talk about global warming. Meanwhile, we have rolling blackouts across the state of California. I mean, this is just this state is so unbelievably mismanaged.
My state is the most beautiful state in the Union. It also happens to be the most mismanaged state in the Union. It's absolutely incredible. They're talking about raising the tax rates again. They're going out raising the top tax rate in the state of California, nearly 17 percent on top of the federal rate, which would put the top tax rate around fifty four percent in the state of California combined, state and federal. They are talking about a wealth tax that would follow you around for ten years after you leave the state.
There are sixty six thousand homeless people in L.A. County right now on the streets. They're rolling wildfires across the state, there are rolling blackouts in the middle of a giant heat wave because people are using their electricity more. They are shutting off electricity to people in the middle of a heat wave where it is 104 degrees outside in L.A.. And here is Gavin Newsom taking some time out to talk to you from the forest about global warming. Really high, high priority stuff here from the Ken doll of the governor that we have out here.
I'm about a mile or so away from one of over three hundred and seventy wildfires that we're battling here in the state of California, and we are just coming off a record week, a heat wave that led to a hundred and thirty degree temperatures, the highest temperature ever recorded in California. Arguably the world's history here in our state, the hotter getting hotter, the drier getting drier. Climate change is real. If you are in denial about climate change, come to California.
OK, climate change is indeed real in my opinion and in the opinion of most scientists, climate change is indeed largely human caused, according to most scientists. Also, all of the measures that Gavin Newsom encourages with regard to climate change will have literally zero impact on the climate for the next several decades. So he better get a plan together to, you know, stop the wildfires and rolling blackouts in his state, dumb ass. And meanwhile, it wasn't just Gavin Newsom being a dumb ass.
It was it was a wide variety of Democrats making fools of themselves. Last night, America Lance Bottoms of Atlanta was featured last night. Her city has been in a state of some pretty significant turmoil ever since the shooting of Richard Brooks near Wendy's after Richard Brooks fell asleep in a drive thru at Wendy's and I believe was a person of color who called the cops. The cops showed up, discussed with him for forty five minutes, and then he attacked the police officers.
He seized the taser from one, tried to shoot one, tried to shoot the other, and then got shot. That led to riots in the streets. And Keisha Lance Bottoms talking about cutting the cops and trying to indict the cops and the cops, basically psyching out, doing a blue out. And Keisha Lance Bottoms was featured at the DNC anyway, because that's how all of this works. So here's Keisha. Lance Bottoms suggesting once again in part of the new Democratic mythology that black people are being prevented from voting across the United States despite the fact that black people routinely outvote their share of the population in presidential elections and have since Barack Obama.
Here is Lance Bottoms.
The baton has now been passed to each of us. We've cried out for justice. We have gathered in our streets to demand change. And now we must pass on the gift John Lewis sacrifice to give us. We must register and we must vote.
And I understand the drive to get people to vote. But the idea that you are being threatened with inability to vote in the United States today is nonsense. It's just sheer crap. OK, so we actually antivenoms. We also got Senator Tammy Duckworth, another one of the also rans for vice president who is not selected. So Senator Duckworth just did a pure anti Trump speech, which is really the uniting glue of the Democratic Party. She suggested that Trump doesn't deserve to call himself president.
And she also suggested that Trump is easily manipulated by dictators. And here she was going after Trump. Joe Biden would stand up for what's right. Stand tall for our troops and stand strong against our enemies, because unlike Trump, Joe Biden has common decency, he has common sense. He can command both from experience and from strength. Donald Trump doesn't deserve to call himself commander in chief for another four minutes, let alone another four years. Our troops deserve better.
Our country deserves better.
OK, my favorite part of the Democratic platform here is that it's very difficult to say a positive thing about Joe Biden other than Joe Biden is a nice person. He's been a horrible legislator for virtually all of his career. His signature legislation that was good, the criminal justice bill of 1994. He has disowned, which means that he really has no signal accomplishments on his record. So instead, what they just do is they contrast a fake Joe Biden with Donald Trump.
And so we're going to see Tammy Duckworth do that in just one second. This is part of the program again Orangeman bad and by contrast, Biden good. Although we can't really name a good thing that Joe Biden has done legislatively other than he's kind of like a nice person that people seem to like. We'll get to that in just a moment first. Now many people may think that I am 100 percent brains, but occasionally I like to smile, particularly my children.
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Well it's not just that Donald Trump is bad, it's also that Joe Biden is good at things. Now the problem is that you can make the case for the former very difficult to make the case for the latter. Here was Tammy Duckworth suggesting that Joe Biden will not let himself be manipulated like a puppet by dictators. This is eminently untrue. The Biden administration would look very much like the Obama administration, which was manipulated routinely by both Vladimir Putin as well as the Iranian mullahs to the point where the Obama administration became almost a literal mouthpiece for the Iranian theocracy.
Incredibly, and I mean, they were literally doing PR for the Iranians, pretending that the Iranian regime had moderated while they were pursuing terrorism against American troops in Iraq. Here was Senator Tammy Duckworth, however, suggesting that Trump is easily manipulated while Biden he's a stalwart, strong guy who will never be manipulated, except for how his entire career is basically a story of him being wrong on every foreign policy issue of the modern era.
They have a coward in chief who won't stand up to Vladimir Putin, read his daily intelligence briefings, or even publicly admonish adversaries for reportedly putting bounties on our troops heads. Vice President Joe Biden would never let tyrants manipulate him like a puppet. He would never pervert our military to stroke his own ego. He would never turn his back on our troops or threaten them against Americans peacefully exercising their constitutional rights.
I'm amazed to hear strong on defense from the Democrats. That is a hell of a take. The Democrats have been in favor of slashing the military for as long as I have been alive. This notion that Donald Trump is a threat to the troops while Joe Biden is a friend of the troops is a pretty incredible statement. OK, so is this sort of awkward dance last night before they got to Biden between weird humor, weird, awkward humor, like not even good parks and recreation style, awkward humor, weird awkward humor.
And Donald Trump is a bad man. So Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders showed up mainly to the Cory Booker could remind you that he has a girlfriend and he talked to Bernie Sanders. So here was Mr. Potato Head putting on his happy eyes and he was excitedly talking about Rosario Dawson, his girlfriend liking Bernie Sanders, and then Bernie making weird statements. And, yeah, it was it was kind of strange.
You could think of this sort of like survivor on the out interviews of all the people that got voted off the island.
Bernie, Bernie. Don't you laugh because I got a question for you. Like, why does my girlfriend like you more than she likes me but you broader than you?
And that's the obvious answer, right?
Oh, my God. These jokers I mean, this does remind you why Joe Biden is the nominee, right? You'll get that split screen. You're like, yeah, probably. They sure they're probably right to take Biden. That is that is a picture right there. Well. OK, then, but judge subtlely reminded you that there has been massive social change in the United States, and then my favorite part of this is that regardless of whether you like some of the social change that has happened in the United States, I think it is fair to say that the United States is significantly more tumultuous and divided than it was 10 years ago.
And here's people to judge advocating more tumult and divide by 20 30.
There is a long way to go, but if this much can change between 2010 and 2020, imagine what could change between now and 2030. Imagine what we could achieve. This coalition we are building this very season gathering progressives and moderates, independents and even what I like to call future former Republicans, standing for an America where everyone belongs.
OK, so how much further does less want to push her? If they're saying, like, remember, in 2010, gay marriage was still not widely accepted in the United States. And so he's saying that same sex marriage is now widely accepted and that's a good social change.
OK, whether you believe that or not, how much further does the left want to go here? I mean, it seems to me that the next item on their agenda is simply teaching small children that boys can be girls and girls can be good boys. Well, if that's what you want to be, about 20, 30 might just make that explicit. Just say it out loud. Say that's where you want to be. So much of the Democratic platform is never saying the quiet party out loud.
And so then they brought forth a couple more people, Michael Bloomberg showed up because he's pledged 60 million dollars to the Democratic Party and so he got a speaking slot, even though nobody likes Michael Bloomberg. Now, there were a couple then we got to the actual pitch, OK, then we got to the actual Biden pitch. So the actual Biden pitch again, once again is empathy. And he's a nice guy because that's the only pitch for Biden.
And I will say that there were some effective stuff here. Right. So, for example, this I thought was a very effective video. I thought that it was actually quite sweet. There's a 13 year old named Braiden Harrington who talked about Joe Biden helping him because Joe Biden has overcome stuttering in his own life. And Biden Harrington suffers from stuttering. And so you talked about that last night. I thought this was like a great moment. I mean, this kind of stuff is the contrast the Democrats seem to draw.
It does show where Trump has a tough time, right. Hillary Clinton is not the type of person who takes days out of her life to help people with their problems. Joe Biden is that kind of person, apparently. And so that's a good look for Joe Biden here. Here is a video that honestly is quite affecting. Without Joe Biden, I wouldn't be talking to you today, about a few months ago, I met him in New Hampshire.
He told me that we were members of the same club we studied.
It was really amazing to hear that someone like me became vice president. I mean, that's good for this kid. I mean, really brave to get on live TV and do that. I mean, that's that's a that's a brave thing. So that was that was really good. The other they brought out some kind of normal people to talk. And most of the pictures were kind of effective. They brought out a ninety five year old former World War Two veteran talking about how he's voted Republican all his life and now he's voting for Joe Biden.
Whenever you bring up people who have made sacrifices in the line of duty to do this sort of thing, it's very effective here as a ninety five year old World War to you, that making the pitch for Joe Biden, really more of an anti Trump pitch, which again is the entire tone and tenor here. I have been a Republican since the 1960s. I'm a member of the NRA and voted for Trump. I think Trump has been the worst president we've ever had.
So I'll be glad to see him go. I think Joe Biden will be a great leader for the United States, like me on the day of my jump into Germany. I think Joe Biden cares about doing his proper duty for the United States. And if he's elected, that's what he will do.
I get in there. It's all vague. But again, this is effective kind of stuff. Now, the Democrats can make kind of a boo boo here. They brought forth a guy named Michael from Rhode Island to talk about how he was a lifelong Republican and now he's voting for Joe Biden. There's only one problem, Michael from Rhode Island is not, in fact, a lifelong Republican. He is a an electrical inspector. And for the last five primaries, he's voted as a Democrat.
So that that was that was kind of awkward. But aside from that, that was the pitch. And then Joe Biden's kids did a little presentation. And we never hear from Hunter's extra children. We never hear about his grandchildren from various other people, but his hunter and Ashley, I gave a little speech about how Joe Biden is wonderful and will be there when you need him. And of course, there's no evidence that he is bad with his children.
I mean, apparently he is quite good with his children. It is also true that he has been there for Hunter when he needs them. I mean, this will become a campaign issue. He's been there for one when he needs to jetset over to Ukraine and pick up a bunch of money or when he needs a ride to China to close at one point five billion dollar deal or whatever it was, then, you know, that's that that seems like Joe's been there for him.
It seems like everybody whose last name is Biden has gotten rich off the last name Biden.
So at that, at least as much as that check Drew, I'm Hunter Biden. And I'm Ashley Biden.
Joe Biden is our dad and Beau is our brother. We want to tell you what kind of president our dad will be. He will be tough and honest, caring and principled. He'll listen. He'll be there when you need him. He'll tell you the truth. Even when you don't want to hear it, he'll never let you down. He'll be rock steady, the strongest shoulder you can ever lean on.
OK, well, I'm sure the hunter has lean on that shoulder, both physically and both physically and financially. Many times before I get Hunter is going to emerge in this campaign and he should emerge in this campaign, frankly, because all we've heard from the Democrats is how corrupt and terrible Donald Trump is. Believe me, that stone is not going to be left unturned. And there are some serious questions to be asked about how Biden ends up on the board of Ukrainian gas company when he has neither corporate experience nor any experience with with natural gas nor any experience in Ukraine.
And he's picking up large scale checks so that that will come up in the vetting. I am sure, again, you running get to Joe Biden's actual speech because Joe Biden was indeed alive. It was a low bar to clear he cleared it. I thought he cleared it pretty easily, actually. It turns out that he can read live in lively fashion from a teleprompter. And his message was sort of jarring. It was a jarring turn from the basic message of the Democrats that we are on the verge of fascism.
It was Joe Biden light bringer. It was basically Joe Biden trying to channel Barack Obama circa 2004. He did the whole red state blue state thing from 2004. He did the whole I'm going to unify the country thing from 2008 is very much a reversion to Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, not Barack Obama circa 2020, where democracy is in danger and Donald Trump is a fascist and we're all going to die. It was a move towards something else I thought was well, it was a very smart political speech.
It didn't lay forth any policy that the one the one note I will make in critique here, you know, after all is said and done, is that the entire Democratic National Convention was centered around the evils of Donald Trump. On a personal level, if I'm a middle class person living in New Jersey and I can't go back to my job because the governor of New Jersey has decided that we're going to lock down until covid is completely gone forever. If I'm a person who has lost a job or lost a family member and I do not know how I'm going to recover, the Democrats have offered no programs for me.
They've offered no program for me. They've not explained exactly what they're going to do. Basically, the entire pitch is that Donald Trump is the font of all evil in your life. Donald Trump is the is the Voldemort of the United States. And if you just banish Voldemort, everything will get better immediately. That was the pitch that was made last night. I don't know how compelling that is. It might be a little compelling because people don't like Trump, but I don't know that it's all all fired compelling.
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So the task of Joe Biden was to be a Trojan horse last night and a Trojan horse, he was his performance was good, a Trojan horse, because people basically suspect, I think correctly, that he's probably not going to finish out his first term. And so he has to be a Trojan horse of health. And he's very, very healthy, vigorous man. That was task number one. He is also a Trojan horse for the radical left that actually runs a party.
And so he had to act like a moderate. So you heard a lot of talk about God and the Declaration of Independence. There's a lot of talk about patriotism and American troops. And he sounded like a moderate Democrat circa 1968. He sounds like Hubert Humphrey. Doesn't sound like George McGovern. He doesn't sound like Barack Obama. He sounds like Hubert Humphrey circa 1960. That was Joe Biden's campaign last night. Now, he lifted some of the inspirational rhetoric from Barack Obama back during the days where Obama was pretending to be a uniter, not a divider.
Joe Biden, what was out there pretending that he was a force for light while saying some pretty divisive and untrue things, it turns out that he said some things that just were simply not true. So, for example, Joe Biden said that he jumped into the race because Donald Trump had said there were very fine people among neo-Nazis and Klansmen, which is not true. OK, that's actually not true. What Donald Trump said that was wrong is originally he said that there were bad people on both sides, that there was this is his original condemnation.
He said there were bad people on both sides. And then people are like, well, why don't you especially condemn the KKK and the neo-Nazis? And he did, right. He said the neo-Nazis are bad, that I'm not talking about the KKK. I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis. And then he said that when it came to people who are marching that there were fine people on both sides. Because you seem to assume, bizarrely, that there are people who are marching in favor of a Robert E.
Lee statue who are not white supremacists. So it was more of a category error then, and it was not a good thing. Right? I mean, I condemn him for it at the time, but it was not him saying that there were good neo-Nazis and good KKK haters. Right. That that was not what Donald Trump did. Joe Biden instead dumped out there. This idea that Donald Trump had had basically said that neo-Nazis and KKK members were good people in Charlottesville, which, of course, is something he did not.
Just a week ago yesterday. Was the third anniversary of the events in Charlottesville, close your eyes, remember what you saw on television?
I remember seeing those neo-Nazis and Klansmen and white supremacists coming out of fields with lighted torches, veins bulging, spewing the same same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the 30s.
And remember what the president said when asked? He said there were, quote, very fine people on both sides.
This isn't for a nice guy. It's an overt lie. Right? He didn't say that there were very fine people among the neo-Nazis and Klansmen. He specifically said that there are people who are not neo-Nazis and Klansmen. Marching now was not factually true. It was wrong. And it provided cover for some of the marchers. But that was, again, go back and listen. My podcast, I was pretty upset about it. But the characterization there is just flatly untrue, other flatly untrue things that Joe Biden said during the speeches, according, by the way, to The Washington Post, is that Joe Biden claims that Trump was going to eliminate funding for Social Security.
This is untrue. He said that he was going to temporarily eliminate the payroll tax. OK, Barack Obama did this. He signed into law a bill that did this in 2012 and suggested that Social Security would be fully funded. The notion that that Trump is defunding Social Security is not true. He went after Donald Trump on covid and he suggested that that Trump botched covid worse than any place in the world, that was not true.
Here is Joe Biden uncovered after all this time, the president still does not have a plan. Well, I do.
If I'm your president on day one. Will implement the national strategy I've been laying out since March. Will develop and deploy rapid test with results available immediately, we'll make the medical supplies and protective equipment that our country needs and we'll make them here in America.
So basically, his plan is exactly Donald Trump's plan. But he also said that Donald Trump blew it and America handled it worse than any place else. That is flatly untrue, as The Washington Post even notes. So there are a few things that he said here that were just flatly untrue, but the overall tenor of the speech, again, was about how Donald Trump is a mean man and Joe Biden is a nice man. Right. And that that was the pitch, right?
Empathy, empathy, empathy. There's one point in here where Joe Biden quoted his dad and he does this a lot in his speeches where he says, My dad said to me, Joey, and then he says something. We have no idea whether his dad actually said. But he says, Joey, I don't care if government solves my problems, but government should understand my problems. First of all, I don't think government needs to understand your problems unless government has a public policy to solve the problems.
I don't look for caring or compassion from a government agency if I'm looking for a shoulder to cry on and head on down to the DMV. This bizarre notion that is pushed constantly by Democrats the government is there to care about you is really weird. Why exactly would a faceless, nameless bureaucrat I've never met care about me? I just I don't understand why you would go seeking care and comfort from people who you've never met, whose literal job is to interpret statutes and then apply them.
It's a very strange thing. But anyway, Joe Biden's entire campaign was about empathy. So it was about empathy and unity and pretending he's not a radical. So he started off by saying, who's going to work hard for Americans who didn't support him, which is something Barack Obama once pledged to do and then completely rejected all those people in sic the IRS on them. Here is Joe Biden making that same pitch last night.
I'm a proud Democrat and I'll be proud to carry the banner of our party into the general election.
So it's a great honor and humility, I accept this nomination for president of the United States of America. But while I'll be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American president. I work hard for those who didn't support me as hard for them as I did for those who did vote for me. The unifier pitch and then he says that he was getting that he used the word light in the speech 11 times. That's a lot of light, is a lot of light.
It was is this very romantic language about light versus darkness? Again, I'm the forces of good. Donald Trump is the force of evil.
He says he's going to draw on the best of us, not the worst, which is kind of weird considering that, again, eight hours of Democratic National Convention programming, not one iota of condemnation for people who are literally attempting to burn down cities. But here is Joe Biden saying he's going to draw on the best of us, which I have. I have doubts. Let me just say. Give people like. Those are words for our time. The current president has closed American darkness for much too long.
Too much anger, too much fear, too much division. Here and now, I give you my word, if you can trust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I'll be an ally of the light, not the darkness.
So he's cloaking himself in a particular mythology about America's recent history in which everything was hunky dory during the Obama days. And then all time began with the big bang of Trump that we are not divided in any way. Before Trump, everything was fantastic before Trump. This is completely untrue. I'm old enough to remember the Obama era. You probably are too, if you're listening to the show. And I can easily recall many incidents of division inside America during Barack Obama's era, fostered by an administration of which Joe Biden was a key cog and component.
But he's saying basically it's a back to normalcy campaign. I've been saying, by the way, for literally years. I mean, I told members of the Trump administration that in twenty seventeen that the chief threat was Joe Biden running a return to normalcy campaign. So I've been predicting this for quite a while. Joe Biden is just fulfilling it again. He looked alive. He looks more alive last night, which is good for him. Right. He was still slurring his words a little bit because, listen, he had seventy eight.
You get a little bit of mushmouth and he still has that. But he was much better. He's more emotionally attuned last night. And then he he made covid his chief pitch. Right. I'll protect us the way that Trump didn't. Again, he offered no actual plan to protect us. He said he won a national mandate, which is weird because he literally has no constitutional power as president to do that. Also, he has never actually proposed a federal program on national masking.
He has simply just said that and thrown that out there. But his bottom line is that he's going to protect you. Donald Trump didn't he didn't mention Trump by name, I think, once in the speech. But the entire speech was really about how Trump is a bad Orangeman. And Joe Biden is very nice man who cares for people. And we'll talk to your ear off on the Amtrak.
Our current president has failed in its most basic duty to the nation. He's failed to protect us. He's failed to protect America. And my fellow Americans, that is unforgivable. As president, I'll make you a promise I'll protect America, I will defend us from every attack seen and unseen, always without exception, every time.
OK, now this is a promise he cannot keep because no president can protect you all the time from everything right here. He's basically now putting himself in the position of America's missile defense system. I mean, that's the I'm sorry, but Joe Biden would not have protected us against covid. How do I know? Because none of the Democratic governors did. Nancy Pelosi didn't. Joe Biden didn't. By the way. He was around like, no, I mean, that's that's a no on that.
OK, then Joe Biden moved on to the racism thing and he suggested he went back to the hopeful rhetoric of the early Obama era, which is we're on the verge of eliminating racism from America. We can we can fight racism. We can remove it. There's only one problem. Democrats are constantly shifting the definition of racism so as to not elevate the charges of racism. It's too valuable an arrow in their quiver. Democrats will never let go of the charge of racism for their political opponents.
So when Joe Biden says we're going to wipe racism from America's national life, he doesn't mean that, because the moment that Democrats say that racism has been wiped from our national life, which, by the way, largely has the moment that that happens, they no longer have that as a hammer to wield against their political opposition. Here was Joe Biden, however, saying he's going to kill racism and exactly the same way Obama said he was going to kill racism and then proceeded to exacerbate it.
History, history has thrust one more urgent task on us. Will we be the generation? And finally wipes out the stain of racism from our national character. I believe we're up to it. I believe we're ready. Again, what does he think that we've been trying to do for several decades at this point, and what are his proposals for wiping racism from our national character and what does he even mean by racism, since we now have two dueling definitions?
Right. One is the old school thinking bad things about people because of the race, which is what racism normally means. Then we have the new school anti-racism, which suggests that if you don't tear down every American system, then you are, in fact, a racist. Joe Biden doesn't mean any of that. So Joe Biden is his mouth is writing checks that his body can't cash. I mean, that that is what is happening here. Everybody is going to ignore that because it was all sweetness and light.
But just recognize that that speech last night, that was a cloaking device for what the actual Democratic program is. And Joe Biden doesn't really mean any of that. Or if he does, he's certainly not going to be able to implement it. But to carry on the point, Joe Biden also said that he hears the voices of the protesters again, writers and looters don't exist in Democrat world.
So here is Joe Biden saying he hears the voice of the protesters last night when the most powerful voices we're hearing the country today is from our young people. They're speaking to the inequity and injustice that has grown up in America, economic injustice, racial injustice, environmental injustice. I hear their voices. If you listen, you can hear them, too. He hears voices. OK, well, he's hearing the voices of the protesters, but again, no solution.
The idea is just by electing him magically, things are fixed. And this is the Democratic platform. Barack Obama did it the other night. Barack Obama said that the Constitution's only value is democracy. There are no other values. Natural rights don't exist. Limited government doesn't exist. Equal rights before law. Those things don't exist. The only value is democracy. Pure majoritarian democracy is the only thing that matters. And he said that the protesters in the streets should understand that if you elect us, then the system will have worked and you can stop protesting.
But if the other side wins, the system didn't work and you should go out and you should protest. This is this is how Democrats think about government, unfortunately, that the protesters are playing an inside outside game with government. If you elect Democrats and Democrats will do the work of the protesters. If you don't elect Democrats, then you need to be out in the streets shouting about things. And then Joe Biden again, using this sort of subtle contrast, the subtle, assumed contrast between the glories of the Obama years and the horrors of the Trump years.
Joe Biden suggested that they won't turn a blind eye to bounties on American soldiers. There is this very dicey story suggesting that the Trump administration knew full well that the Russians were paying bounties to soldiers in Syria to kill in Afghanistan to kill Americans, and that Trump turned a blind eye to it. The Obama administration literally sent a hundred and fifty billion dollars to the Iranian government, fully acknowledging that the Iranian government would then use the money to fund terrorism, including against American troops.
So you had to take all this crap with a grain of salt.
So I take very personally and the profound responsibility of serving as commander in chief, I'll be a president, will stand with our allies and friends and make it clear to our adversaries the days of cozying up to dictators is over. Under President Biden, America will not turn a blind eye to Russian bounties on the heads of American soldiers. No, they'll just turn a blind eye to Russia, completely taking over Syria and Crimea and Iran funding terrorism against American troops.
They'll turn a blind eye to that. And then Joe Biden concluded with his main message, which again was light over dark. I am the forces of light. Donald Trump is the forces of darkness. Here was Joe Biden concluding last night. Let us begin. You and I together, One Nation under God, unite our love for America, united in our love for each other. For love is more powerful than hate. Hope is more powerful than fear, and light is more powerful than dark.
This is our moment. This is our mission. Now, history be able to say that the end of this chapter of American doctors began here tonight. As love and hope and light join in the battle for the soul of the nation, this is all kind of stuff, writes Marianne Williamson kind of stuff, but. It is more effective than Biden has been historically. Then he rushed outdoors and they did this little fireworks show. So it was actually kind of a nice American optic, right, having a nominee rush outdoors.
And they have this nice little fireworks show outside the hall where this is happening. My favorite part was not the fireworks show. My favorite part was the members of the media rushing outside for it. There's some footage of members of the media being told that it was time to go outside for it. And the reporters just like take off like sheep is like a sheep dog was hurting them outside. It's really funny if you can't see it, they're literally like sprinting outside to see fireworks.
Oh, it's Joe Biden. They're not the photographers, guys. These are not the photographers. Photographers are already outside. None of these people have cameras. It's just the reporters were like, oh, my God, we got to see Joe Biden so we can write prose that we obviously could have written like five seconds later just by watching the video. But it is a pretty sight, you know, good, good for them. The media were gaga over this.
Of course, Chris Wallace said that the Biden speech blew a big hole in Trump's narrative. Why? Because Biden was alive again. The bar was very low. Biden was not a corpse. He was in a live human. And thus he blew a big hole in Trump. The problem, of course, is that Biden has to maintain this. So all it takes is Joe Biden collapsing into a van once and all of this goes away. Joe Biden has to be alive every time from here to the election.
It is not enough for him to just be alive one time at a speech reading off teleprompter here as Chris Wallace talking up Joe Biden's performance. I thought it was an enormously effective remember, Donald Trump has been talking for months about Joe Biden as mentally shot a captive of the left. And I guess I was reading from a teleprompter and a prepared speech, but I thought that he blew a hole, a big hole in that characterization.
OK, I mean, I think that, again, the performance was much better than Biden has been. It's early. And I'm old enough to remember when people really talked about Hillary's 2016 convention speech, Jake Tapper said that this was the best speech of Joe Biden's career, which honestly is like saying that this is the best Khateeb song. It's it's not saying it's not saying a lot. They're not a lot of good Joe Biden's speeches across the course of his career.
Here was Jake Tapper. I've heard Joe Biden give, I don't know, dozens, hundreds of speeches over the years, I have to say this was one of the best, if not the best performance I've ever seen. Also kind of underlining a mistake, a tactical mistake by the Trump campaign to set expectations so low, suggesting that Joe Biden was not capable of giving a speech like this meant that he would naturally exceed expectations.
I mean, I think that's true. I think that setting the expectations low is part of the problem, however, in a debate. Things could change fairly radically because it's not just that Joe Biden has to be able to read, it's that Joe Biden has to be able to move on his feet and that one may be a little bit of a tougher sell. So what does this leave the Republicans with? Well, it leaves the RNC with the task, a dual task.
One is refocus the American people on the actual things that are happening in the United States. The entire DNC was a distraction from everything happening in the United States other than covid. And the reason that they keep focusing in on covid is because they have made covid into Amyas Mattick danger that is out there ready to pounce on you at a moment's notice depending on where you are in the country. That is simply untrue. The fact is, we're on a significant downslope in Florida, a significant downslope in Georgia, a significant downslope in Arizona.
If you're in California, you're still a little bit unsafe. But the fact is the hospitals are not even close to overwhelmed in the state of California. There is no curve in New Jersey, there is no curve in New York, there is no curve in Connecticut. So the fact is that that those states are seeing zero deaths and close to zero cases, and yet they're still locked down. It is up to Trump to say they're political actors out there right now who are keeping your economy and your schools locked down and then proclaiming that they are handling the virus.
And that is not the way that we can handle this. One of the more striking aspects of Biden's speech is at one point in Biden's speech, he actually said there's no miracle that is coming for us to heal covid. And Joe Biden said that in the middle of the speech, we'll never have our lives back until we deal with this virus.
The tragedy of where we are today is it didn't have to be this bad. Just look around. It's not this bad in Canada or Europe or Japan or almost anywhere else in the world. And the president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him, no miracle is coming. There's so much conflicting here, so much. First of all, the United States is not ranked number one in deaths per million.
In fact, we're not even close to the top of the list in terms of deaths per million in the United States. When he says Canada doesn't have this. No, Canada does, just not in Quebec. Quebec actually has a death per million rate that's closer to New York than to the rest of the United States. If you're looking at deaths per million population across the world, we are still surpassed by Belgium, Peru, Andorra, Spain, U.K., Italy, Sweden and Chile.
And Brazil is right on our heels and so is France, by the way. So as Mexico's I was Panama by the time this is all said and done, I don't think that the United States is going to be really close to the top of this list. But Joe Biden is saying that it's not true. The main thing that he says there, though, which is that there's no miracle on the way, OK? There's no miracle on the way.
Then you actually have to learn to live with the virus. But you guys don't want to learn to live with the virus. You just want to lock everything down interminably. It's going to have to Trump to make that case and people to make that case that Democratic governors have kept the stuff locked and they mishandled it. They botched it like one loaded and then they kept the thing locked down. They're going to have to make the case also that Joe Biden is is a Trojan horse for the complainers left.
And they're going to have to make the affirmative case that Donald Trump is likely to handle things like the rioting and looting better than Democrats who continue to pat that stuff on the head. And then there's the part of the case that Donald Donald Trump is simply going to have to get himself under control. If Donald Trump wishes to remain president of the United States, he's going to need to shut up. He is. He's going to need to stay on teleprompter.
The expectations for Donald Trump are just as low as the expectations Republicans had for Joe Biden, the expectations that Republicans said for Biden or very simple, is he alive? Joe Biden last night showed that he was alive and thus surpassed expectations. Now, tomorrow, he could keel over. But last night that was what it was. The the expectation that Democrats have set for Trump is that Donald Trump will never, ever stop being tumultuous and volatile and saying ugly things on Twitter and tweeting out craziness.
All Donald Trump has to do to surpass that expectation is not do those things. And you'll see this happen with Trump every so often. Right. He'll go out and he'll give a great State of the Union address and everybody be like, wow, that was unexpected. Well, no, he's fully capable of that. I think that Donald Trump is fully capable of putting down the phone for five damned minutes. There are plenty of other people out there who are willing to defend what Trump is doing on a daily basis.
He can still do it in pressors. If the entire Democratic pitch is Orangeman bad, then it would really deprive them of a case for Orange to be less bad, would it not? And I don't even mean in terms of policy. So the ANSYS task next week is going to be to say Joe Biden may be empathetic, but he ain't going to solve any other problems. Here are all the problems in the United States and also stay off the damned Twitter.
That is the task before President Trump, with less than three months left until the national election that will decide whether he remains in office or not. OK, well, we have two additional hours of content coming up for you here on the show. Plus, later today, we have a daily wire backstage as well. Go to daily Wired.com, get an all access pass right now, coupon code access and get 20 percent off that all access pass. Also, pick up a copy of my brand new book, How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps, huge national bestseller, and then discusses a lot of the issues that we've been talking about routinely.
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