When Donald Trump was president, the liberal media counted his “lies.”
From the beginning, the media should have started counting Joe Biden’s “fibs,” if the media was fair. Of course, nobody said the media or life is fair.
Still, sometimes it’s hard to believe the things that come out of the mouths of the president and others in this administration.
Perhaps you’ve seen the clip of Vice President Kamala Harris responding to “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd’s query about whether the border was secure. Yet it’s even worse when you read the words. Here is the entire exchange:
Chuck Todd: “I want to ask you about the border. Would you call the border secure?”
VP Harris: “I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do. The first request we made: pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship. The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.”
Chuck Todd: “We’re going to have two million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border’s secure?”
VP Harris: “We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration. But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix, given the deterioration that happened over the last four years. We also have to put into place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship. We don’t have that in place because people are playing politics in a state like this [Texas] and in Congress. By the way, you want to talk about bipartisanship on an issue that at one time was a bipartisan issue both in terms of Republican senators and even presidents.”
Harris is more interested in the pathway to citizenship than what’s happening on the border. Harris’ and other Democrats’ motives aren’t humanitarian; they are political.
Forgetting for the moment the total lack of command of the English language by the Vice President of the United States, she still makes extraordinary statements.
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She claims immigration was a bipartisan issue in the past (at least that’s what I think she was trying to say), but now “some people are playing politics.” Immigration hasn’t been a bipartisan issue for over 30 years.
Almost as galling as her statement about the secure border is: “We also have to put into place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship.”
Everything except entering the country legally, that is.
Why must we create a plan to make legal citizens out of people who entered the country illegally? What incentive does that give those going through the legal immigration process?
Blaming Trump is a favorite liberal game, but the case doesn’t hold about the southern border. During Trump’s years, agents made approximately 1,952,644 total apprehensions along the southern border, an average of just over 488,000 annually. Compare that with over 1.6 million apprehensions in Biden’s first eight months in office. In the first ten months of fiscal year 22, there have been over 1.8 million apprehensions, already a record. The nation is pacing for over 2 million border arrests for the year. There will be more illegal border crossings this year than during the entire Trump administration.
Candidate Biden made it clear on numerous occasions that the border would be open for those seeking to come here legally and otherwise. What we are experiencing now was predictable.
If Harris believes the border is secure, she is incompetent, stupid, or lying. Maybe she thinks the American public is dumb, or she has a far different definition of secure.
A day later, during a press briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked: “Does the White House stand by those [the VP’s] comments that the border is secure?”
Again, you may have seen a clip of her response, but here it is, complete with every syllable she uttered. The written response does not show her leafing through her briefing book, looking for an answer.
“What we stand by is that we are doing everything that we can … uh … to make sure that um uh that we follow the process that’s been put forth. Th-That’s why we have, uh, historic funding, uh to do just that. To make sure that, um, uh, you know, uh, um, uh, to make sure that, um, eh, eh, to make sure that, eh, the folks that we encounter at the border be removed, uh, or expelled.”
Again, it’s fair to ask the question: is she incompetent, stupid, lying, or does she think the American public is dumb?
Remember as a child getting in trouble for something and having to explain it to mom or dad? Jean-Pierre sounds like a child who doesn’t have a convincing story to tell their parents. Since the beginning of her White House tenure, she’s been over her head.
Then there is the president. One week ago, Biden celebrated the passage of the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” at the White House. Biden called the legislation “a victory for the American people.”
The same day, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the August inflation report showing the Consumer Price Index (CPI) had increased by 8.3 percent during August. According to BLS, the food index rose 11.4 percent year-to-year, the largest twelve-month increase since 1979. Some victory!
These are a small sampling of illogical answers provided to the American people by the president and his surrogates daily. When they offer these excuses, are they showing their incompetence?
During Biden’s celebration of the “Inflation Reduction Act,” musician James Taylor performed and sang “Fire and Rain.” It was an apropos choice as the news networks carried a split screen of the event at the White House alongside Wall Street, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1250 points, the largest single-day drop since the pandemic.
Is Biden incompetent, stupid, lying, or does he think the American public is dumb? Perhaps in Biden’s case, he’s just that seriously out of touch.
Sunday night, Scott Pelley interviewed the president on “60 Minutes.” Biden tried to spin the 8.3 percent number: “Well, first of all, let’s put this in perspective. Inflation rate month to month was just — just an inch, hardly at all,” he stuttered.
Biden claimed, “We’re growing the economy in ways we haven’t seen in years.” The president has a point here. It’s been 40 years since the country has seen inflation this high. Also, there have only been a handful of times when the GDP has contracted two consecutive quarters, historically the technical definition of a recession. While it’s probably not what Biden meant, the country hasn’t seen the economy with this type of negative growth for years.
“The pandemic is over,” Biden proclaimed, thus removing the excuse he gave for authorizing student debt cancellation. The Secretary of Education claimed Covid allowed him to invoke the “national emergency clause” of the HEROES Act to cancel student debt. If the pandemic is over, there is no national emergency. Therefore, that rationale is void.
These are a small sampling of illogical answers provided to the American people by the president and his surrogates daily. When they offer these excuses, are they showing their incompetence? Are they that stupid? Are they telling lies, or do they think the American public is dumb? Perhaps they are seriously out of touch. What do you think?
Andy Bloom is president of Andy Bloom Communications. He specializes in media training and political communications. He has programmed legendary stations including WIP, WPHT and WYSP/Philadelphia, KLSX, Los Angeles and WCCO Minneapolis. He was Vice President Programming for Emmis International, Greater Media Inc. and Coleman Research. Andy also served as communications director for Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio). He can be reached by email at email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter @AndyBloomCom.