The LuLac Edition #3329, October 23rd, 2016
Vice President Joe Biden came to Wilkes Barre and Scranton yesterday and made some news. In a fierce statement that started off slow but then built to a thundering crescendo, Biden showed his stuff as an orator. To a few in the crowd and some at home, many wondered if only for a second how this race might be shaking out if Biden ran. I thought so myself for a millisecond. But then realized that if Biden ran or even The Blessed Mother did, the GOP attack machine would bring them down anyway. Since 2004 when they “swiftboated” John Kerry it has become a way of life for the national GOP.
But Biden made this statement regarding Trump and women. "What he says he did and does is the textbook definition of sexual assault. It's more than that. He said because I'm famous, because I'm a star, because I'm a billionaire, I can do things other people can't. What a disgusting assertion for anyone to make. The press always asks me don’t I wish I were debating him. No, I wish we were in high school—I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish."
After the statement the national media as well as a few local commentators criticized Biden for the remark. But let’s put it in context. The key words were “I wish we were in high school” when he made the behind the gym comment. Biden in his 70s was raised in a time that the only way to confront a bully was to cut him down. That is the only thing bullies understand. To equate Biden’s comments as hateful or even questioning the political correctness of it is rich especially from the Trump campaign.
Finally someone called out Trump for what he is. A bully who when confronted whines and says other people are worse.
Here is a segment (above) of Biden’s speech that he gave in Wilkes Barre. Listen to what he says about the middle class.
Of course the Social Media pages came alive with the Trump supporters who said of course “the elites” were booing him because
B. They are all elites.
The Al Smith dinner surely does attract very wealthy and influential people. It also attracts other individuals who will go because they believe in Smith’s philosophy to this day.
Smith was the first Roman Catholic to run for President and was a Democratic Governor in New York. His candidacy mobilized Catholic votes—especially of women, who had only recently received federal suffrage. It also brought out the anti-Catholic vote, which was strongest among white conservative Democrats in the South. That was no surprise but in retrospect gave the Southerners a break from lynching black people during that campaign.
Smith was a reformer and led a Progressive movement in New York that emphasized a step up for struggling New York immigrants. So Al Smith was no elite.
No less an authority than Al Smith V said Trump’s comments passed the line. Here’s that video.
But Trump never disappoints.