Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Here's an alleged gotcha from the New York Post:
Who’s running, Joe? Biden says ‘Trump’ 24 times during Va. stump for McAuliffe

President Biden on Tuesday seemed fixated on former President Donald Trump in a Virginia stump speech for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor.

Biden mentioned Trump by name 24 times during a brisk, 17-minute speech in a park near the Pentagon in northern Virginia, attempting to use his predecessor’s legacy to bash Republican Glenn Youngkin, who is tied with McAuliffe in polls in a state Biden won by 10 points just a year ago.
Surely Donald Trump would never do something like that!

I'm joking. Of course he would. Remember the Trump rally earlier this month in Iowa, at which he endorsed Chuck Grassley for reelection to the Senate? Let's go to the transcript of Trump's speech:
And all of you who are hard working American Patriots that we know and we love you all, as we get there tonight, millions of Americans are realizing that Joe Biden and the radical left have brought our nation to the brink of ruin.... After just nine months under Biden, violent criminals and blood thirsty gangs are taking over our streets, illegal aliens and deadly drug cartels are taking over our borders.... But as disastrous as the Biden administration has been, no one can blame the great State of Iowa because, boy, we did really, we did really good here.... First you rejected Joe Biden by delivering him a humiliating fourth place finish in the Iowa caucuses.... And just this week, the latest [Des Moines Register] poll showed that Biden is at a record low 31% approval in Iowa.... As we speak, Joe Biden and the radical left Democrats in Congress are trying to ramp through a $5 trillion world spending bills that cost more than the entire sum the United States has spent two on any war in the history of our country.... And it’s a naked power grab by the likes of Biden and Pelosi and Kamala Harris.... According to the nonpartisan joint committee on taxation, the Biden spending bill will raise taxes on working families like never ever before. The Biden plan would make the United States business tax rate dramatically higher and bring it back to one of the highest in the world and actually substantially higher than a place called communist China.... In fact, taking into account all taxes under Biden’s plan, the Democrat bill would give businesses an approximately 100% tax advantages to locate jobs in China rather than the United States.... The Biden plan will build up China and the Republican party we want to build up America. Very simple. Biden socialists bill also includes mass amnesty and free college....
That's only a few of the Biden mentions. Trump said "Biden" 38 times in this speech. Grassley, the guy he was endorsing? His name came up just 8 times.

The previous rally, in Georgia last month? The one at which Trump endorsed Herschel Walker for Senate? "Herschel" came up 13 times. "Walker" came up 3 times. "Biden"? 35 times, according to the transcript. (Also endorsed at this rally: Jody Hice for secretary of state. Trump said "Jody" just 9 times and "Hice" twice.)

Remember, Republicans are the people who, according to a study released in 2018, mentioned Nancy Pelosi in 34% of their ads in House races. (Pelosi was a candidate in only one of 435 races.)

So no, this is not a gotcha.

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