You know, at some point, this has to matter, doesn’t it?
For four years, the mainstream media, Democrats and the Trump-Deranged claimed that anything that President Trump said or tweeted, whether it was gaffe, a mistake, a joke, hyperbole, puffery or, as was indeed often the case, deliberately misleading, was a democracy-threatening lie. This media theme was an exaggeration on its own, and a damaging one, diminishing Trump’s public trust and making it difficult for him to do his job—as indeed was the whole point of the “Trump lies” obsession.
So what is the American public supposed to conclude when President Biden says something that is clear and unequivocal, and the official White House position is that he didn’t say it?
Biden had a disastrous week overseas, as be babbled, stumbled and wandered. I was going to write that the conservative media that “pounced” on his ill-considered comments to the 82nd Airborne regarding Ukraine that “You’re going to see when you’re there, you’re going to see women, young people standing in the middle, in the front of a damn tank saying ‘I’m not leaving” was being a bit hysterical by claiming that Biden risked starting World War III by suggesting that he was sending the 82nd into Ukraine, but it was still a careless gaffe. Biden also called his Secretary of Defense the “Secretary of State.” If Trump had had a trip like this, Bandy Lee would have been insisting that it was time to remove him using the 25th Amendment. (Well, she did anyway.)
But Biden’s mental decline is getting progressively worse, and entering dangerous territory.
“Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia. For free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness,” Biden said at the end of a speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland. They “have a different future, a brighter future, rooted in democracy and principle, hope and light, of decency and dignity and freedom and possibilities.” And then he ad-libbed, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
Yikes! That is calling for regime change. That is a dangerous escalation of rhetoric. That is bad diplomacy and reckless leadership. Rushing to cover for Joe’s regularly addled brain as it has so often, the White House insisted that Biden hadn’t said what he said, and meant something his words couldn’t possibly convey.
“The President’s point was Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” the White House official said.
But he was. There is no possible way to interpret “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power!” as meaning, “This man cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region.” We all know what “remain in power” means. It means “remain as the leader of his government.”
How can the public continue to respect or trust a White House that treats it as if they are idiots?