Former Vice President officially launched his 2020 bid for president in Pittsburgh on April 29th. At the event, Biden boldly declared, “If I’m going to be able to beat Donald Trump in 2020, it’s going to happen here.” CBS News reported that same day, “The local union group, Teamsters Local 429, hosted the rally but is not yet endorsing him due to the large field of candidates.” It was what you’d expect the Joe Biden kickoff to be except for maybe him not getting an endorsement. He’s starting a campaign built on lies and deception.
The lies start with the event itself. The Los Angeles Times, in an article from April 29, 2019, described the crowd at Biden’s launch as “a chanting, cheering crowd at a packed Teamsters hall.” That’s how Biden wants to portray it.
Bo Erickson and Ed O’Keefe, of CBS, wrote of Biden’s crowd, “It’s labor and union voters like the ones who packed a tiny auditorium Monday.” Did you catch the keyword? “Tiny.” Politico’s article of April 29, 2019, by Marc Caputo, perhaps shilling for Biden, called it “a packed crowd at the Teamsters Local 249 banquet hall.” I wondered just how much packing can go into the Teamsters Local 249 banquet hall?
Edward Isaac Dovere answered my question in The Atlantic, April 30, 2019. He wrote of Biden, “He wants people to be impressed that the room at the teamsters’ hall was packed, but not linger on the campaign picking a room that could fit only about 600 (with 100 of those spots taken by reporters).” So, “Sleepy Joe’s” campaign begins amid deceptive descriptions of his rally crowd. Interesting, isn’t it, that two days before, President Trump held a rally in Green Bay with over 10,000 people.
Crowd size isn’t the only deception Biden is counting on. Mollie Hemingway, in The Federalist on April 28, 2019, reports, “In 1998, Biden admitted to [Senator Arlen] Specter that ‘It was clear to me from the way she was answering the questions, [Hill] was lying’ about a key part of her testimony. The exchange was published in Specter’s 2000 memoir, Passion for Truth: From Finding JFK’s Single Bullet to Questioning Anita Hill to Impeaching Clinton.”
Contrast that to what Biden told the ladies at The View and ABC News’ Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. “I believed her from the very beginning, but I was chairman. She did not get a fair hearing. She did not get treated well.”
“Sleepy Joe” can’t have it both ways. Truth is, Anita Hill was lying, and 1998 Biden knew it. 2019 Biden is in a bind, though, and must lie himself to earn the approval of the far-left. Dahlia Lithwick, in an April 29, 2019 article in Slate presents the far-left spin. Lithwick asserts, “We need to revisit his role in the Anita Hill–Clarence Thomas hearings. We need to revisit it not only because Biden badly bungled the hearing when it happened, but because he is badly bungling the baggage he carries over it now.”
Biden’s video launch was also built on deception. In the video, Biden somberly denounces President Trump’s comments after what happened in Charlottesville, VA in 2017. Biden intones, “He said there were, quote, ‘Some very fine people on both sides. Very fine people on both sides? With those words the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it and in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any other I’d seen in my lifetime.”
It’s a powerful and evocative statement and it is an outright lie. The Washington Examiner reported on April 25, 2019 what President Trump said about Charlottesville, VA in 2017. “I’ve condemned neo-Nazis. I’ve condemned many different groups. But not all of [the people at the rally] were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch. Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue, Robert E. Lee.”
Other news (real news, that is) outlets have set the record straight about what the president said. The sad thing is, Biden likely knows the truth and doesn’t care.
Now that his campaign is officially started, the lies come in daily. Thus far he’s lied about the economic recovery under President Trump and how it has impacted real people. He’s lied about the Mueller report and what it means. He’s lied about how there were no scandals in the Obama administration. He’s also covered up what role he and his son, Hunter, have in Rosemont Seneca Partners consulting services and the Burisma case in the Ukraine. John Solomon, in The Hill on April 1, 2019 asks, “Was it appropriate for your son and his firm to cash in on Ukraine while you served as point man for Ukraine policy? What work was performed for the money Hunter Biden’s firm received? Did you know about the Burisma probe?”
These are good questions and so are a host of others. The Democrats now field twenty candidates. Their current leader launched his whole campaign on a sea of lies, deceit, and cover-ups. I doubt if it will be smooth sailing.