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Joe Biden on the campaign trail

  

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By:  vic-eldred  •  3 weeks ago  •  31 comments

Joe Biden on the campaign trail
"I had a great stretch since the State of the Union. But Donald has had a few tough days lately. You might call it 'stormy weather,'" Biden said.



Oddly enough the 2024 election is a sharp contrast to the 2020 election. Instead of an untested Biden hiding in his cellar while the media did his campaigning for him, this time around Biden's lawfare surrogates have Trump tied up in court all week with an unconstitutional gag order on the former President. In the meantime, Biden who got a bump from the State of the Union is out campaigning.  After his 3 days in the crucial state of PA, where Joe Biden told numerous lies, Joe managed to make a stop in Florida to talk about "abortion." There he referred to the states 6-week restriction as a "ban. " He also blamed Trump for it. People may recall that Trump called it " a terrible mistake."


From there Joe helped to restore the annual correspondent's dinner. That once was an event in which the President would roast the press. It used to be a light-hearted event, but the media had such an acrimonious relationship with Donald Trump that the former President skipped the event during his Presidency. Biden used the event this past Saturday night not to poke fun at the media, but to joke about Trump:

"I had a great stretch since the State of the Union. But Donald has had a few tough days lately. You might call it 'stormy weather,'" Biden said.






"Of course, the 2024 election is in full swing and, yes, age is an issue. I'm a grown man running against a 6-year-old," Biden quipped. "Well, I feel great. I really feel great."

"Age is the only thing we have in common. My vice president actually endorses me," the president added, referencing former Vice President Mike Pence's  refusal to endorse  his former boss in the wake of Jan. 6.

Biden also touched on Trump's legal troubles, including his recent appearances in court in New York City over hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged affair -- and, prosecutors claim, to hide the scandal from voters before the 2016 election. Trump denies all wrongdoing.

Biden jokes about past stumbles, digs at Trump during annual correspondents' dinner (msn.com)

The adoring media maggots loved it.

Then there were all the lies he told covering the time span beginning with the State of the Union:

Biden’s earnings


In the  same Tuesday speech in Scranton , Biden repeated his regular promise that nobody making less than $400,000 per year will pay even a cent more in taxes under his proposals. He then added, “I hope you’re all able to make $400,000. I never did.”

Facts First Biden’s “I never did” claim is false. In fact, his  presidential salary is $400,000 per year ; the joint tax filings of President Biden and first lady Jill Biden  showed $619,976 in income last year , $579,514 in 2022 and $610,702 in 2021. In addition, Biden earned millions in 2017 and 2018, when, during his time as a private citizen following his vice presidency, he and Jill Biden  signed a lucrative book deal and he delivered paid speeches . The Bidens’ joint tax filings  showed  a total of about $11 million in 2017 income and about $4.6 million in 2018 income.

Biden, who was a US senator for 36 years prior to his vice presidency, did regularly earn less than $400,000 per year before 2017. As PolitiFact has  previously noted , the Bidens’ joint filings reported less than $400,000 in income in each year from 1998 through 2016 except for 2013, when they were just over $407,000.

Biden’s cap on seniors’ prescription drug spending


In the same speech in Scranton, Biden touted provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act he signed in 2022. He  said : “For example, seniors, beginning in 2024, no matter how much their prescription drug costs are, they’ll never have to pay more than $2,000 a year, no matter what.”

Facts First Biden’s claim is false in two ways. First, the $2,000 cap on Medicare Part D enrollees’ out-of-pocket prescription drug spending  takes effect in 2025 , not 2024; there is a higher cap, more than $3,000,  in place this year . (The White House corrected the  official transcript of Biden’s speech   to make clear Biden should have said 2025 instead of 2024.) Second, it’s not true that seniors will “never” have to spend more than $2,000 per year on prescription drugs “no matter what.” The cap is  indexed to annual inflation in Part D costs , so it is highly likely to be set higher than $2,000 in future years. Also, the cap doesn’t apply to out-of-pocket spending on  Medicare Part B drugs   like those administered at doctors’ offices.

Biden has correctly said on various  previous occasions  that the $2,000 cap takes effect in 2025, but he has also previously incorrectly said that the cap  took effect in 2023  or  2024 .

- CNN’s Tami Luhby contributed to this item. 

China’s demographics


In a  Wednesday speech in Pittsburgh  that was focused on US steel competition with China, Biden said, “I always say to my colleagues — when I meet other world leaders, I say, ‘Would you trade places with China? Would you trade places with their problems?’ They’ve got a population that is more people in retirement than working.”

Facts First The claim that China has more retired people than working people is false. Fuxian Yi, a University of Wisconsin-Madison   senior   scientist who is an  expert on Chinese demographics , called Biden’s claim “overstated and premature.”

China  reported   having more than 740 million employed people at the end of 2023, while it also  reported   having just shy of 297 million people age 60 or above that year. (Sixty is the  normal  retirement-benefits age for Chinese men; it’s 50 to 55 for women depending on the nature of their jobs.) And   some of the 60-plus population is still working

Yi noted that China’s   ratio of working people to seniors is shrinking  as the country’s population ages . But Biden’s claim that the number of retirees already exceeds the number of people working is clearly not correct, even if you apply the usual dose of skepticism to official Chinese data.

“It’s certainly the direction they’re heading, but still an exaggeration,”  Derek Scissors , a senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank who is an expert on the Chinese economy, said of Biden’s claim.

Biden made a similar claim in 2021, which CNN  fact-checked as false at the time .

Biden’s corporate minimum tax


As he has on  numerous previous occasions , Biden cited a  2021 report  from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy think tank that found that 55 of the country’s largest corporations had made more than $40 billion in total profit in their previous fiscal year but not paid any federal corporate income taxes.

Biden  said in the same Tuesday speech in Scranton : “When Trump was president in 2020, 55 of the largest corporations in America of the Fortune 500 made $40 billion in profit and paid zero — zero — in federal income taxes.” After someone in the audience called that “sinful,” Biden continued, “Well, guess what? I came along and took care of the sin. Not anymore. Thanks to the law that I wrote and signed, big corporations now have to pay a minimum — they should be paying more — a minimum of 15% tax.”

Facts First Biden’s “not anymore” claim is false — the same exaggeration he  delivered in his State of the Union address in March . While the 15% corporate minimum tax he signed into law in the Inflation Reduction Act will reduce the number of big corporations that don’t pay any federal taxes, it’s not true that “not anymore” will any big corporation — such as the ones on the list of 55 companies Biden mentioned — ever do so. That’s because the minimum tax, on the “book income” companies report to investors, only applies to companies with at least $1 billion in average annual income. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, only 14 of the companies on that 2021 list of 55 non-payers reported having US pre-tax income of at least $1 billion.

In other words, there will clearly still be some big and profitable corporations paying no federal income tax despite the existence of the new Biden tax. The exact number is not known.

Matthew Gardner, a senior fellow at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, told CNN in 2022 that the new tax is “an important step forward from the status quo” and that it would raise substantial revenue, but he also said: “I wouldn’t want to assert that the minimum tax will end the phenomenon of zero-tax profitable corporations. A more accurate phrasing would be to say that the minimum tax will *help* ensure that *the most profitable* corporations pay at least some federal income tax.”

There are lots of nuances to the tax; you can read more specifics  here . Asked for comment in early 2023, when Biden made a similar claim, a White House official told CNN: “The Inflation Reduction Act ensures the wealthiest corporations pay a 15% minimum tax, precisely the corporations the President focused on during the campaign and in office.”

Billionaires and taxes


Biden delivered another version of a claim he has regularly made about billionaires’ tax rates. He  said  in the same Tuesday speech in Scranton: “Do you know what the average federal tax rate for a billionaire is today in America? For real: 8.3%.” After some people in the audience laughed, Biden continued, “That’s how much federal ta- — no, I’m serious. Not a joke. Far less than the vast majority of Americans pay in federal taxes. No billionaire should pay a lower tax rate than a teacher, a nurse, a sanitation worker.”

Facts First Biden’s “8.3%” claim is misleading in the absence of any explanation of what this figure is. As  in previous speeches , including  the State of the Union address in March , Biden didn’t explain that the figure is the product of an alternative calculation, from economists in his own administration, that factors in unrealized capital gains that are  not treated as  taxable income under federal law. In other words, while Biden made it sound like he was talking about a federal tax rate, he was actually citing a figure that is not based on the way the US tax system actually works at present.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the alternative calculation itself; the administration economists who came up with it  explained it in detail on the White House website in 2021 . (They said the figure was 8.2%.) Biden, however, has  tended to cite the figure  without any context about what it is and isn’t, leaving open the impression that he was talking about what these billionaire families pay under current law.

So what do billionaires actually pay under current law? The answer is not publicly known, but experts say it’s clearly more than 8%.

“Biden’s numbers are way too low,”  Howard Gleckman , senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute think tank, told CNN in 2023. Gleckman said that in 2019, University of California, Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman “ estimated  the top 400 households paid an average effective tax rate of about 23 percent in 2018. They got a lot of attention at the time because that rate was lower than the average rate of 24 percent for the bottom half of the income distribution. But it still was way more than 2 or 3,” numbers Biden has used in some previous speeches, “or even 8 percent.”

In February 2024, Gleckman provided additional calculations from the Tax Policy Center. The center  found  that the top 0.1% of households paid an average effective federal tax rate of about 30.3% in 2020, including an average income tax rate of 24.3%.

Biden and the budget deficit


During the same Tuesday speech in Scranton, Biden repeated a familiar boast about his supposed impact on the federal budget deficit. He  said , “A lot more to do, but guess what? During the whole time, I’ve been able to cut the federal deficit at the same exact time by over $1 trillion — $1 trillion.”

Facts First Biden’s claim leaves out such critical context that it is misleading. While the  annual federal budget deficit  was  more than $1 trillion lower in the 2023 fiscal year than it was in both the 2020 fiscal year (under President Donald Trump) and the 2021 fiscal year (partially under Trump and partially under Biden), analysts have repeatedly  noted  that Biden’s own actions, including laws he has signed and executive orders he has issued, have had the overall effect of worsening annual deficits, not reducing them.   As  in past remarks ,  Biden didn’t explain that the  primary reason  the deficit fell by a record amount during his tenure was that it had skyrocketed to a record high at the end of Trump’s term because of bipartisan emergency pandemic relief spending, then fell as expected when that spending expired as planned.

“The deficit is a trillion dollars lower, roughly, than when President Biden took office. That’s true. But that’s driven not because he ‘reduced’ the deficit by a trillion dollars, but because when he took office it was the middle of Covid and we had been temporarily injecting huge sums of money into the economy,” Marc Goldwein, senior vice president at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an advocacy group that promotes deficit reduction and tracks the issue, said in a February interview.

Biden can  fairly say  that his policies have contributed to a strong economic recovery that has boosted tax revenues and thus eaten into deficits. On the whole, though, Goldwein said deficits under Biden have been “higher than they otherwise would have been because of  legislation President Biden has signed into law and executive actions he’s taken .”

Biden made the same claim during his State of the Union address in March. You can read a more detailed fact check  here .

Biden’s visits to Iraq and Afghanistan


Biden claimed in  another Tuesday speech in Scranton : “I was in, I think, 36, 38 times in Iraq and Afghanistan as a senator and as a vice president.”

Facts First These figures are false, according to statistics previously released by Biden’s own 2020 presidential campaign. The campaign said in 2019 that Biden had visited Iraq and Afghanistan on a total of 21 occasions, the  Washington Post reported at the time .

Biden has delivered similar falsehoods about his travel to Iraq and Afghanistan on various  previous occasions  — including in the 2019 remarks that prompted his campaign to correct the record — and they have been previously fact-checked by media outlets  including CNN .

Biden’s uncle in World War II


In Scranton, where Biden was born, he  visited a memorial  that honors local residents who died in World War II, including his late uncle Ambrose Finnegan. Before Biden left the city on Wednesday, he  told a dramatic story about Finnegan : “He got shot down in an area where there were a lot of cannibals in New Guinea at the time. They never recovered his body.” He blamed cannibalism even more directly in his Pittsburgh speech later in the day,  claiming  Finnegan “got shot down in New Guinea, and they never found the body because there used to be — there were a lot of cannibals, for real, in that part of New Guinea.”

Facts First :   Biden’s claim differs from the account provided by the Defense Department, as CNN’s Donald Judd  reported  Wednesday. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s page on Finnegan  says  this about the 1944 incident: “For unknown reasons, this plane was forced to ditch in the ocean off the north coast of New Guinea. Both engines failed at low altitude, and the aircraft’s nose hit the water hard. Three men failed to emerge from the sinking wreck and were lost in the crash.” This official account, which notes that an additional crew member survived the crash, makes no mention of the plane being shot down or of possible cannibalism; while Biden said the crash happened “in” New Guinea, where there was indeed some cannibalism at the time, the official account notes the men went down in the nearby ocean.

White House spokespeople did not repeat Biden’s assertions about cannibals or the plane being shot down when asked about his story. “President Biden is proud of his uncle’s service in uniform, who lost his life when the military aircraft he was on crashed in the Pacific after taking off near New Guinea,” deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told CNN on Wednesday.

Fact check: Biden makes false and misleading claims during Pennsylvania campaign swing | CNN Politics

How a single rational American could vote for more of this madness is beyond belief.


In other news:

The police are entering the U.C.L.A. campus. They said they were responding to administrators’ reports of violence in a pro-Palestinian encampment.

The University of Arizona police said they were  spraying chemicals  and ordering crowds to leave. 

At Columbia, police in riot gear arrested dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters, clearing them from a campus building they had occupied. Protesters had broken windows and used furniture to blockade the entrances.

Columbia said it would expel any students who had occupied the hall. The president said she had "no choice" but to call in the police, and she asked officers to remain on campus until at least May 17, after graduation.

The conflicted judge fined Trump 9,000 for violating an unconstitutional gag order.


The Biden administration is looking into Palestinians who may have relatives here and seek refuge here in the US.













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Vic Eldred
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1  author  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

Good morning:

It has been a wild night on university campuses.

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UCLA administrator calls campus encampment unlawful after Jewish student harassed.

Rival protestors clashed there last night.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    3 weeks ago

1280 people killed (90% women and children) when NYPD bombed peaceful human rights encampment at Columbia per Gaza health ministry.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1    3 weeks ago

And that shit sells.

As we speak Blinken is trying to stop Israel from invading Rafah and trying to get Hamas to negotiate a deal.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
1.1.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.1    3 weeks ago

Gazans left out the widespread rape and other sexual violence perpetrated by the NYPD  upon the coeds.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1.2    3 weeks ago

It was "genocide!"

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.4  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    3 weeks ago

Fucking pathetic the President of the United States wanting to negotiate with known terrorists. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.5  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.4    3 weeks ago

And he has his opponent muzzled and tied up in court and he is still losing to Trump.

The media's latest is that "Trump wants to be a dictator."

Dumb ass is trying to run on that!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.6  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.5    3 weeks ago
And he has his opponent muzzled and tied up in court and he is still losing to Trump.

The media's latest is that "Trump wants to be a dictator."

All the while these idiots are supporting the dictator actions of the Democrats and Traitor Joe.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.7  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.6    3 weeks ago

He has defied the court and the constitution.  Nobody in the media has made a peep.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.8  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.7    3 weeks ago

And it's happened several times. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.9  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.8    3 weeks ago

He is preparing another round of illegal student debt relief in order to buy a few more votes.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.10  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.9    3 weeks ago

And some of those receiving this "relief" are chanting "Death to America".

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.11  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.10    3 weeks ago

Remember Columbia has 14,000 foreign students.

The Palestinians voted for Hamas and 72% of them think the October 7 attack on Israel was correct.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.12  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.11    3 weeks ago
The Palestinians voted for Hamas and 72% of them think the October 7 attack on Israel was correct.

And now are complaining because Israel is handing them their ass.  You just can't make up that level of stupidity.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.13  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.12    3 weeks ago

And they have a very agreeable US State Department.

Blinken is over there now basically trying to end the war, which will save the remnants of Hamas and set up a very dangerous situation for Israel.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2  author  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

JUST IN: On a 9-4 vote, 3rd Circuit denies en banc review in PA case about whether date requirement for absentee ballots is enforceable

Doc:
https:// storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco urts.ca3.121431/gov.uscourts.ca3.121431.265.0.pdf

3rd Cir Panel held 2-1 last month it is enforceable under federal law
https:// www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/23316 6p.pdf

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3  author  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

The Biden administration is considering bringing certain Palestinians to the U.S. as refugees, a move that would offer a permanent safe haven to some of those fleeing war-torn Gaza, according to internal federal government documents obtained by CBS News.

CBS News on X: "The Biden administration is considering bringing certain Palestinians to the U.S. as refugees, a move that would offer a permanent safe haven to some of those fleeing war-torn Gaza, according to internal federal government documents obtained by CBS News. https://t.co/JKlEq2uxrx" / X (twitter.com)

 
 
 
charger 383
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3.1  charger 383  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    3 weeks ago
   "The Biden administration is considering bringing certain Palestinians to the U.S. as refugees,"
That should not even be thought about. 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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3.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  charger 383 @3.1    3 weeks ago

That's right. Let them come across the southern border like all the other misfits....................../S

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  charger 383 @3.1    3 weeks ago

President  Joe Biden  responded to  pro-Palestinian protesters  who interrupted his health care speech Tuesday, saying, "They have a point. "

Biden reacts to pro-Palestinian protesters: 'They have a point' (nbcnews.com)


That is exactly where Biden stands

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.1.1    3 weeks ago
. Let them come across the southern border like all the other misfits

What was it called by the great divider:

"fundamental transformation."

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    3 weeks ago
The Biden administration is considering bringing certain Palestinians to the U.S. as refugees

And just like the Afghani he brought over after his horrendous call to retreat, they will be unvetted.  Meaning there is a very good chance terrorists from Hamas will be brought over just like there was a good chance he brought members of the Taliban over.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3.2    3 weeks ago

T he FBI is " increasingly concerned " about a potential "coordinated terror attack" on the US amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, warning of an attack similar to the deadly Russia concert hall massacre.

The FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that while the terrorism threat to America was "already elevated" prior to Hamas' October 7 attack on Israel, the conflict has now raised it to a "whole other level". He warned that the attack may "not be that different from what you saw against the concert hall in Russia a few weeks ago from ISIS-K."
Wray admitted that "lone actors or small radicalized groups" on US soil could be influenced to carry out a terror attack in a public place.

He concluded: "As I look back over my career in law enforcement I'm hard-pressed to come up with a time when I've seen so many different threats all elevated at the same time, whether it's threats from China, Russia, Iran, the terrorist threats, both foreign and domestic terrorism threats," he told NBC News.

Speaking about the current level of threat that the US faces from terrorism, Wray elaborated: "We are increasingly concerned [about] the potential for some kind of coordinated attack here in the homeland, which may be not that different from what you saw against the concert hall in Russia a few weeks ago from ISIS-K."

FBI issues chilling warning of 'coordinated terror attack' on US amid Israel-Hamas war (msn.com)

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3.2.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2.1    3 weeks ago
T he FBI is " increasingly concerned " about a potential "coordinated terror attack" on the US amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, warning of an attack similar to the deadly Russia concert hall massacre.

And yet Traitor Joe wants to bring more Hamas supporters to this country.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3.2.2    3 weeks ago

That is the left's agenda.

The unintended consequences of the hateful protests will be the added issue for the Biden campaign.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4  author  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

Saturday is Derby Day.

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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5  author  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

Just In:

Rep. Ilhan Omar has been REMOVED from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Omar faces pushback for calling some Jewish students 'pro-genocide' at Columbia (msn.com)

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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5.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @5    3 weeks ago

Just an anti-Semite doing anti-Semite stuff.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
5.1.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @5.1    3 weeks ago

In the middle east they are trained to hate at a very young age.

Why did we take her in?  Oh ya, she was married to an "American" who turned out to be her brother.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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5.1.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @5.1.1    3 weeks ago

What's more baffling is that people were actually dumb enough to vote for her.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
6  author  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

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