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January 22, 2022

Kamala Harris Grilled Over Biden’s Remarks in Heated Interview [Video]

Vice President Kamala Harris faced tough questions during a heated interview on NBC’s Today addressing President Joe Biden’s remarks on the integrity of the upcoming 2022 midterms.

“He openly cast doubt on whether the 2022 midterm elections would be legitimate,” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie said.

“He said it all depends, which is astonishing to hear a president question whether our elections will be legitimate. We’ve heard it before, but not from this president. Is he really concerned that we may not have fair and free elections?”

“The president has been consistent on this issue,” Harris replied.

“And the issue at hand, the issue—I was there last night in the chamber of the Senate, and the issue is that there are two bills, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, that have been the solution that has been offered to address the fact that around our country states have put in place laws that are purposely making it more difficult for the American people to vote.”

Harris continued, saying the impact of those laws would be felt by “at least 55 million Americans regardless of their party affiliation, their race, their gender or their geographic location,” before Guthrie interjected.

“To the point though because those bills were debated—the bills were debated and they didn’t pass,” Guthrie said as Harris continued speaking.

“If I may finish,” Harris said.

“Of course,” Guthrie replied. “But the specific question if you don’t mind. Does he think now that these bills haven’t been passed that the ’22 midterms won’t be legitimate or fair or free?”

“Let’s not conflate issues,” Harris said.

“We, as America, cannot afford to allow this blatant erosion of our democracy and in particular the right of all Americans who are eligible to vote to have access to the ballot unfettered.”

The vice president said people shouldn’t be distracted by “political gamesmanship” but did not say whether Biden believed the midterms would be legitimate or not.


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Kamala Harris Dodges Question on Whether Joe Biden Thinks Midterms Will Be Illegitimate

January 21, 2022

White House in Damage Control Mode After Biden’s Press Conference ‘Disaster’

President Joe Biden gave a nearly two-hour press conference, wherein he gave multiple comments that caused the White House to enter damage control mode.

After nearly a year of media complaints about their lack of access to the president, Biden’s lengthy conference received widespread criticism.

The most vocal critics called it a “disaster,” but even mainstream outlets like The Washington Post reported that it “wound up reinforcing why he generally has been kept out of such lengthy back-and-forths.”

First, Biden said that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine might merit a lesser response.

“I think what you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades, and it depends on what it does,” Biden said. “It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion, and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, etcetera.”

“But if they actually do what they’re capable of doing, with the force amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine. And our allies and partners are ready to impose severe cost and significant harm on Russia and the Russian economy,” he added.

The White House quickly swooped in, with press secretary Jen Psaki issuing a statement hours later.

“President Biden has been clear with the Russian president: If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our allies,” Psaki said.

Still, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a direct rebuttal to Biden’s remarks.

“We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Zelensky tweeted. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones. I say this as the President of a great power.”

Biden’s comments on the integrity of the upcoming 2022 midterm elections also raised eyebrows.

When asked if he believes the election would be fair if Congress doesn’t pass voting rights legislation, Biden said: “Well, it all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election.”

Later, when asked again about election outcomes, Biden said the midterms could “easily be illegitimate.”

Psaki took to Twitter to address the president’s words, saying he “was not casting doubt on the legitimacy in the 2022 election.”

She echoed similar sentiments on Thursday morning, during a rare appearance on Fox News.

“The point he was raising was both that in 2020, even amongst challenging circumstances, efforts to suppress the vote and the midst of a pandemic, there was record turnout, [among] Democrats and Republicans record turnout to go to the polls,” Psaki said.

When asked if the Ukrainian government had been in touch with the White House, Psaki said: “Our national security team has been in touch.”

“[Secretary of State] Tony Blinken is in Europe right now. Also, I would note the foreign minister conveyed just this morning that he is confident in the support of the United States, and he should be, because we are supportive, and we have their backs.”

Biden sought to clarify his remarks, offering a much different sentiment than before.

“I’ve been absolutely clear with President Putin. He has no misunderstanding. If any assembled Russian units move across the Ukrainian border, that is an invasion,” he said. “Let there be no doubt at all that if Putin makes this choice, Russia will pay a heavy price.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called Biden’s comments “bizarre.”

“President Biden needs to clean up his remarks he needs to clearly state American resolve and clearly demonstrate American leadership,” McConnell said.


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Biden’s marathon Q&A forces White House to play cleanup — twice

January 21, 2022

Biden Says 2022 Midterms ‘Could Easily Be Illegitimate’ [Video]

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During a press conference at the White House, President Joe Biden cast doubt on election integrity, saying the upcoming 2022 midterms could “easily be illegitimate” without passing voting reforms.

When asked if he believes the election would be fair if Congress doesn’t pass voting rights legislation, Biden said: “Well, it all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election.”

Later, when asked again about election outcomes, Biden said the midterms could “easily be illegitimate.”

“The prospect of an illegitimate [election] is in direct proportion to us being able to get these reforms passed, but I don’t think … you’re going to see the Democratic Party give up on coming back,” he said.

“I’m not going to say it’s going to be legit. It’s — the increase and the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these — these reforms passed.”

Critics said Biden’s remarks casting doubt on election integrity were “irresponsible.”

“Democrats have been highly critical of those Republicans who refused to accept the results of the last election and use the word ‘rigged’ to say that elections weren’t fair. They’re using the exact same language and casting doubt on elections,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) told Fox News. “It’s irresponsible.”

“I think it was shocking, to be honest with you. Just shocking. To have the president of the United States trying to undermine the results of an election before there’s actually an election is a stunning manifestation,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden “was not casting doubt on the legitimacy in the 2022 election.”

“He was making the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters turned out in the face of a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and have those votes counted,” Psaki tweeted.

“He was explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former president asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact. The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it.”


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Biden on midterms: “I think it could easily be illegitimate”

January 16, 2022

Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Biden Over Divisive Rhetoric

Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) rebuked President Joe Biden for remarks he recently made during a speech in Georgia, accusing the president of “doing all he can do to divide us.”

“Hillary’s calling tens of millions of Americans deplorables was divisive and disgusting. But Biden has gone further, calling those who disagree with his actions and policies domestic enemies, traitors, and racists. Biden promised to unite us, but he is doing all he can do [to] divide us,” tweeted Gabbard, a former Democratic presidential nominee.

Gabbard’s tweet included a video clip of Biden’s speech on voting rights at the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

“I will defend the right to vote, our democracy against all enemies — foreign and, yes, domestic,” Biden said.

“At consequential moments in history, they present a choice: Do you want to be the on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis?” he continued. “This is the moment to decide to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.”

Biden’s speech was meant to promote his administration’s effort to remove the Senate’s “racist” filibuster in order to pass the Democrats’ sweeping voting reforms.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also condemned Biden’s speech, arguing that it sowed division.

“Twelve months ago, this president said that ‘disagreement must not lead to disunion.’ But yesterday, he invoked the bloody disunion of the Civil War, the Civil War, to demonize Americans who disagree with him. He compared a bipartisan majority of senators to literal traitors,” McConnell said in a scathing speech from the Senate floor. “How profoundly, profoundly unpresidential.”


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Tulsi Gabbard calls Biden worse than Clinton for labeling Americans ‘domestic enemies’

January 15, 2022

Inside Joe Biden’s ‘Disastrous’ 48 Hours

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President Joe Biden is reeling from a tumultuous 48 hours that handed his administration various defeats.

First, a new poll found that the president’s approval rating has hit an all-time low of 33%. The staggeringly low number is significant considering that Biden received a record-breaking 88 million votes, more than any other presidential candidate in history, according to The Hill. Biden’s approval rating was 55% when he entered office almost one year ago.

Then, the Labor Department announced that inflation is now sitting at its highest point since 1982.

The following day, as Biden headed toward Capitol Hill to urge congressional Democrats to pass voting rights legislation, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) declared she would not support eliminating or altering the filibuster.

Shortly after the president got word that Sinema had effectively delivered a death blow to his plan to pass two sweeping election reform bills, the Supreme Court handed him another loss, blocking the administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers.

Opinion contributor for The Hill, Joe Concha, summarized the events like this: “The economy is crippled by high prices and not-so-transitory inflation. The president is rebuffed (again) by a member of his own party on a major initiative. And then his vaccine mandate is struck down by a 6-3 decision in the Supreme Court. All in less than 48 hours.” 

Meanwhile, a reporter asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki about the current sentiment that things aren’t going well for the Biden administration.

“Frankly, things just seem like they’re going pretty poorly right now for the White House,” the reporter said, before citing Build Back Better’s stalled progress, the voting rights reforms failing, and unsuccessful diplomatic conversations with Russia. “You seem to be stymied on an incredible number of problems right now,” he added.

Psaki dismissed the concerns raised and instead offered a “different take” on the current situation, listing off various things like more than 200 million Americans being vaccinated, low unemployment rates, and the passing of the bipartisan infrastructure deal.

“So the sense is things are going well; there’s no need for change right now?” the reporter said.

“We could certainly propose legislation to see if people support bunny rabbits and ice cream, but that wouldn’t be very rewarding for the American people,” Psaki replied.

Psaki’s flippant response was largely panned, leaving many Americans feeling like the administration “hates us.”


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Biden reeling after major losses on filibuster, vaccines and more to start 2022

January 13, 2022

McConnell: Biden Speech was ‘Profoundly Unpresidential’ [Video]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave a scathing condemnation of President Joe Biden’s recent speech in Georgia, in which he promoted voting rights and changing the filibuster, calling it “divisive” and “profoundly unpresidential.”

McConnell began his remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday by recalling “12 months ago” when Biden promoted unity and “said we should ‘see each other not as adversaries, but as neighbors.'”

“Yesterday, he called millions of Americans his domestic ‘enemies,'” McConnell said. “How profoundly unpresidential.”

“Yesterday, with the world’s largest megaphone, he invoked the literal Civil War and said we are on the doorstep of autocracy. Talked about domestic enemies. Rhetoric unbecoming of a president of the United States,” McConnell said. 

“The President’s rant yesterday was incorrect, incoherent, and beneath his office.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said that the Senate will vote on rule changes to the filibuster by January 17. Biden is reportedly meeting with Senate Democrats on Thursday to urge them once again to change the filibuster so they can pass voting rights legislation, according to The Hill.

But Democrats would need all 50 senators to pull that off, and Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have repeatedly said they support the filibuster remaining intact.

Read a transcript of McConnell’s remarks here.


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McConnell says Biden speech was ‘incoherent, incorrect and beneath his office’

January 13, 2022

Biden Bristles at Reporter: ‘I’m Insulted You Asked the Question’

President Joe Biden was “insulted” by a reporter asking how he felt about former Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-GA) “skipping” his speech on voting rights in her home state.

“Any thoughts on Stacey Abrams skipping your speech today, sir? Are you insulted she’s skipping your speech?” a reporter asked Biden before he departed for Georgia.

“I’m insulted you asked the question,” Biden said before smiling. “I spoke to Stacey this morning. We have a great relationship. We got our scheduling mixed up. I talked to her at length this morning. We’re all on the same page, and everything’s fine.”

Abrams, a Georgia gubernatorial candidate for 2022, has made voting rights a key issue of her platform, so many viewed her absence as pointed.

“This is an event custom-made for Stacy Abrams, she obviously doesn’t want to be on the same stage as Joe Biden,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said on Morning Joe.


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Biden tells reporter he’s ‘insulted’ at idea he felt burned by Stacey Abrams skipping GA voting speech

January 11, 2022

Biden Family Associate Charged with Treason


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Kazakhstan’s former intelligence chief Karim Massimov, who Hunter Biden once described as his “close friend,” was arrested on suspicion of high treason.

Kazakh authorities arrested Massimov on Thursday, just one day after being fired from his post as chairman of the Kazakhstan National Security Committee. Massimov’s arrest came amid violent protests, where more than 160 demonstrators have been killed and roughly 8,000 others injured.

According to the Daily Mail, a photo surfaced showing Joe and Hunter Biden meeting with Massimov and Kenes Rakishev, Hunter’s alleged business partner. Records from Hunter Biden’s laptop indicate that he maintained a close business relationship with Massimov during his second turn as Kazakhstan’s prime minister (from 2014-2016). During this time, Hunter Biden served on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

“The pair met up in Kazakhstan sometime in 2014 to discuss a potential energy deal, emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop reveal. Hunter allegedly skipped out on his Secret Service detail for the private get-together,” the outlet reported. “It was in 2016 that the president’s son called Massimov a ‘close friend.'”

An announcement from the security committee said Massimov and several other officials were detained but gave no further details.


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Kazakhstan intelligence chief who was Hunter Biden’s ‘close friend’ and posed with him and Joe is charged with treason during protests that have seen 160 killed and 8,000 arrested

January 10, 2022

Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9%

The national unemployment rate dropped to 3.9% last month, marking a pandemic low.

According to data from the Labor Department, the jobless rate stood at 4.2% in November. In December, 651,000 more people said they were employed.

Pay also increased in December, with average hourly pay up by 4.7% compared to last year. The statistic suggests that employers are competing to fill their open positions amid the so-called Great Resignation.

However, economists have said that the spike in COVID-19 cases amid the omicron surge may slow job growth in January and possibly February. According to AP, “the economy is still about 3.6 million jobs short of its pre-pandemic level.”

Low unemployment and high wage increases could exacerbate inflation as companies raise prices to compensate for higher labor costs.

“Companies are paying up for workers,” said Neil Dutta, an economist at Renaissance Macro Research. “This is consistent with inflation well above 2%, which keeps the pressure on the Fed to raise interest rates.”

Still, President Joe Biden touted the unemployment rate as a “historic” milestone. He claimed the data showed “the sharpest one-year drop in unemployment in United States history and the first time the unemployment rate has been below 4% in the first year of a presidential term in 50 years.”

“Record job creation, record unemployment declines, record increases in the people in the labor force,” Biden continued. “I would argue the Biden economic plan is working and is getting America back to work back on its feet.”

However, as Biden spoke, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel criticized the latest numbers as his presidency’s “worst jobs report.”

She voiced her criticism on Twitter, saying: “This is the worst jobs report of Biden’s presidency so far. Less than HALF the jobs expected were created. It’s clear: His ‘plan’ is not working!”


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US unemployment sinks to 3.9% as many more people find jobs

January 7, 2022

‘Web of Lies’: Biden and Trump Trade Verbal Jabs

President Joe Biden rebuked former President Donald Trump in a scathing speech, accusing Trump of spreading a “web of lies” and holding a “dagger at the throat of American democracy.”

“The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He has done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest, America’s interest, and because his bruised ego means more to him than our democracy and our Constitution,” Biden said during a speech marking the anniversary of the January 6 Capitol riot. “He can’t accept he lost.”

Biden had equally contemptuous remarks for Trump’s supporters who echoed his claims that the results of the 2020 presidential election are illegitimate.

“The former president’s supporters are trying to rewrite history. They want you to see Election Day as the insurrection,” Biden said. “Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, to look at America?”

Trump responded to Biden with withering criticism, calling his remarks “political theater” and accusing him of sowing further division.

Biden “used my name today to try to further divide America,” Trump said in a statement. “This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed.”

“Our Country no longer has Borders, has totally and completely lost control of Covid (record numbers!), is no longer Energy Independent, Inflation is rampant, our Military is in chaos, and our exit, or surrender, from Afghanistan was perhaps the most embarrassing day in the long and distinguished history of the United States—and so much more,” Trump added.

Trump went on to say that the “big lie” was the election, further reiterating his claims that it was rigged. He asked why the House select committee is investigating January 6 instead of “discussing the rigged Presidential Election of 2020?”

“It’s because they don’t have the answers or justifications for what happened. They got away with something, and it is leading to our Country’s destruction,” Trump said. “They want all conversation concerning the Election ‘Canceled.'”

The former president claimed that Democrats “want to own this day” to “stoke fears and divide America.”

“I say, let them have it,” Trump said, adding that “America sees through” their tactics.


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