Soon after the election results, Joe Biden issued a statement of unity declaring, “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again.” Since Biden’s call, actions, and statements by Democrats and anti-Trump activists following the election shows quite the opposite: unity is out, and turning up the temperature on the political opposition is in. The truth is Democrats are waging a full-scale war against President Trump’s supporters by pushing a wide range of retaliatory measures targeting backers of the president. One can and should agree that a man just elected to the office of President — even while waiting for the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — would certainly reach across the aisle to embrace voters who, while not getting their winner a victory, are certainly a large block of voters one would expect a candidate-in-waiting would begin to unify them and do anything within reason to pull them into his “group.”
Joe Biden? Not so much. In fact, Uncle Joe has gone the opposite direction. Forget about unity; forget about healing; forget about bi-partisanship between the leaders in Congress that now answer to their chosen one — President Joe Biden, though that is not official until January 20.
Call this 76 year “old” man a dreamer, but it’s been my experience through ten different presidential administrations that unity in politics is mostly a dream. I have taken for granted, based on what I watched happen, that Joe would certainly work quickly to “enlarge his tent.” After all, based on political party affiliation, the country is still split right down the middle. Wouldn’t it be prudent for any newly elected president to try to erase every barrier between him and his followers and those who have differing political opinions?
If he was Nancy Pelosi, reaching across the aisle would be senseless. After all, her opinion of Republicans, which she shares publicly from time to time, starts somewhere close to “Screw them” and ends in her joining Hillary to stick at least half of the Trump supporters into HRC’s basket of deplorables.
But Joe’s NOT Nancy. Joe didn’t ever run for House Speaker, or for the House. Joe ran (and apparently won) the presidency. The last I heard, U.S. Presidents are President of all of the 330 million Americans, not just the 45-50% who carry that Democrat Party ID card. (Uh-oh: even though that ID card is required for entry into any Democrat National Party official function they can’t be a requirement to vote!)
There’s no doubt that this transition from Trump to Biden hasn’t gone quite as smoothly as Biden & Company would have preferred. But the election didn’t quite go the way Trump and his MAGA supporters would have preferred either. In a political race, someone has to win. That means someone has to lose. There were about 100 million election losers in this race: the 70+ million Trump voters and another 30+ million Trump supporters who could not LEGALLY vote. (CAPITALIZATION purposeful)
“Let’s just all join hands, sing together, then drink hot cocoa while we discuss peaceful things we will do together after Inauguration Day.” (Joe Biden at a campfire with a handful of “Trump Deplorables” sitting in a circle: Biden reading from a teleprompter)
That fatal wish came straight from Joe Biden’s mouth: “When I am inaugurated President, I refuse to be President of ‘some’ Americans. I will be President of ALL Americans.”
Just before that cozy campfire, Joe in a private online fundraiser sang a different tune. He laughed off the possibility of appealing to President Trump’s base — and then directly attacked some Trump voters, drawing comparisons from journalists and the Trump campaign to Hillary Clinton’s infamous “basket of deplorables” moment during the 2016 campaign. The event drew about 55 attendees online, according to the Biden campaign. During a question-and-answer session, Biden responded “probably not” when someone asked if he could win over Trump supporters, and then he launched into a scathing critique.
“There are people who support the president because they like the fact that he is engaged in the politics of division,” Biden said. “They really support the notion that, you know, all Mexicans are rapists and all Muslims are bad and… dividing this nation based on ethnicity, race. This is one of the few presidents who succeeded by deliberately trying to divide the country, not unite the country.”
Expectations of Unity?
Joe, in his not-very-illustrious but very long political career, has promoted himself to be a middle-class working American — the friend to manual laborers and “Pennsylvania steelworkers.” He certainly qualified to do that because he was from Pennsylvania!
So what could have Uncle Joe really meant when he spoke to those contributors? “Look, I’m a lifetime politician. I KNOW how to get things done. And when I can’t get things that I’ve promise, I KNOW how to convince voters and contributors that they didn’t get done because someone else screwed up. What I really meant when they wrote me those checks was I’m going to work hard to do what I promised you I would do. I’m Joe Biden! I’m ‘Old Reliable.’ Come on, Man!”
Uncle Joe: 2021
Joe ran on a pledge to unite the country, and this election showed again just how divided America is. He promised to fix that. He campaigned to restore a sense of calm and normalcy to the White House after four years of what he claimed was President Trump’s divisiveness. He ran promising to overcome almost exactly what he will now inherit — both deep division among the people and toxicity in the American electorate. Joe saw that in full display on January 6th.
We won’t delve into the details of the ruckus and nastiness that played out at the Capitol on Wednesday. Details — “truthful” details — about it are still pending. As has become normal when dealing with Democrats and voting, every day, more evidence mysteriously appears to show that what they tell Republicans is factual always seems to be not quite so factual. We’ll point out that at the morning rally held on the South Lawn of the White House, President Trump encouraged his supporters to make their way down to the U.S. Capitol to let lawmakers know how they felt about the certification of the electoral votes. The President’s “suggestion” for the large crowd to do that was turned into “D.C. fodder.” The attacks against President Trump erupted.
Since the Capitol’s intrusions and subsequent lockdown, politicians from both sides have never missed an opportunity to blame President Trump for what happened. Late on Thursday, the cries and demands for serious actions against him begin to climb in number and intensity. As the volume and the number of various politicians’ attacks against the President grew, so did Uncle Joe’s. Then “Mr. Unity” decided to speak.
Biden said that President Trump’s supporters who attacked the Capitol on Wednesday were “a riotous mob” and “domestic terrorists.” Biden charged Trump with “inciting a mob to attack the Capitol,” which he said was the culmination of four years of “unrelenting attack” by the president “on the institutions of our democracy.” He argued that the “past four years we’ve had a president who’s made his contempt of our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of law, clear, in everything he has done. He unleashed an all-out assault on the institutions of our democracy from the outset. And yesterday was but the culmination of that unrelenting attack.”
Biden emphasized that “what we witnessed yesterday was not dissent, it was not disorder, it was not protest. It was chaos. They weren’t protesters. Don’t dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that simple.” He accused Trump of “inciting a mob to attack the Capitol, to threaten elected representatives of the people of this nation and even the vice president, to stop the Congress from ratifying the will of the American people in a just-completed, free and fair election. Trying to use a mob to silence the voices of nearly 160 million Americans who summoned the courage in the face of a pandemic that threatened our health our lives to cast that sacred ballot.”
And then Joe moved in for the Kill Shot: “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, there wouldn’t — they wouldn’t have been treated very, very different than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol,” Biden emphasized. And he stressed that “we all know that is true, and it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.”
Nancy and Chuck
The “Prince and Princess of Darkness” had to throw in their two cents not to be outdone. Chuck Schumer urged that Vice President Pence “immediately” invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. And Schumer warned that if Pence refuses, Congress should “impeach the president.”
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president,” the senator from New York wrote in a statement. “This president should not hold office one day longer.”
Nancy gleefully joined in urging Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office, calling him “a very dangerous person” who committed an “act of sedition.” Pelosi said if Pence won’t act, the House is prepared to impeach Trump again.
We can summarize this “extermination of Trump” charade quickly and simply:
- Nancy nor Chuck have any intention to trade Christmas or Hannukah cards with the Trumps going forward;
- They certainly want him to leave town ASAP;
- It seems odd that he’s going to vacate D.C. in less than two weeks, and that’s not quick enough for the pair;
- There MUST be another purpose for their dramatic demands to rid the nation of “President” Donald Trump. What might that be?
They are scared to death The Donald will go away for a while but then return to D.C. They are petrified that he might re-inhabit the White House in four years!
The only way to keep Trump from even qualifying to run again is to either declare him incompetent sufficient to finish THIS term — the 25th Amendment — or to impeach him in the House once more and convict him in the Senate. In either case, he would be ineligible to serve in federal office ever again.
You know what? Joe is not set to be inaugurated President until January 20th. Do you think there may be another “thing or two” that sneaks into the forefront that might create a pause in that inauguration process? What could that be? I don’t know — but at the rate that things throughout this election have popped up, you can bet that we don’t know all of what happened regarding January 6th at the Capitol and who were involved.
Stay close. To quote one of America’s greatest spokesman, “It ain’t over until it’s over.”
It ain’t over!