Late Friday afternoon, The New York Times published an editorial calling on Joe Biden to drop out of the race for president.

“To make a call for a new Democratic nominee this late in a campaign is a decision not taken lightly,” they write, “but it reflects the scale and seriousness of Mr. Trump’s challenge to the values and institutions of this country and the inadequacy of Mr. Biden to confront him.”

It’s been an incredible 24 hours. We had the presidential debate that shook the world, and two Supreme Court decisions with vast implications for the power of the administrative state, as well as for the ultimate fate of more than 300 of the January 6 prisoners who were convicted of a crime that was not anticipated by the law under which they were prosecuted. President Trump may also benefit from this ruling.

On CNN, moments after the end of the debate that much of this country watched in stunned silence, the first analyst up was John King: “This was a game-changing debate. Right now, as we speak, there is a deep, a wide, and a very aggressive panic in the Democratic Party. It started minutes into the debate and continues right now. It involves party strategists, it involves elected officials, it involves fundraisers. And they’re having conversations about the president’s performance, which they think was dismal, which they think will hurt other people down the party, in the ticket, and they’re having conversations about what they should do about it. Some of those conversations include, should we go to the White House and ask the president to step aside. Other of the conversations are about should prominent Democrats go public with that call. But because they feel that debate was so terrible.”

In general, mainstream media people have echoed those sentiments, while Democrat politicians like California Governor Gavin Newsom and Vice President Kamala Harris have attempted to steady the ship until they figure out if Biden will actually be replaced, willingly or otherwise, and if so, by whom. Speculation is rampant and all over the place. Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attempted to calm the waters and make it clear he’s not going anywhere at a rally in North Carolina on Friday, where Joe had a pre-written speech and two teleprompters to make him appear coherent and alert.

I have continued to think that he will be the Democrats’ candidate come November, but as John King said, this was a game-changing debate. A political earthquake. However, it’s still June and a lot can and will happen.

While most of the mainstream media analysts were in shock and denial, some attempted to step up to the plate for Biden with easily provable lies. For example, Joy Reid, a nightly host on MSNBC, ridiculed Trump for denying what she says is self-evident, regarding what Trump supposedly said about “good people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Virginia. She also ridiculed his claim that Nancy Pelosi is shown on video, shot by her documentarian daughter, that she took “responsibility” for the failure to protect the Capitol Building in DC on Jan. 6, 2021. Here is Reid from last night:


Perhaps Joy was just taking up the point made by Joe Biden when he referred in the debate to the often repeated lie that when Trump said “I think there are fine people on both sides,” he meant including on the side of white supremacists and neo-Nazis. “What American President would ever say Nazis coming out of fields, carrying torches, singing the same antisemitic bile, carrying swastikas were fine people?,” Biden said during the debate.

Snopes is a left-wing “fact-checker.” After seven years, they are finally acknowledging what other fact-checkers discovered long ago. See Snopes’ explanation, titled “No, Trump Did Not Call Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists ‘Very Fine People'” and be sure to watch the unedited video of Trump’s comments.

Reid called Trump a liar for saying that then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi took responsibility for the penetration of the Capitol Building on January 6. Here is what Trump said in the debate: “And Nancy Pelosi, if you just watched the news from two days ago on tape to her daughter who’s a documentary filmmaker, they say, but she’s saying, ‘Oh no, it’s my responsibility. I was responsible for this,’ because I offered her 10,000 soldiers of National Guard and she turned them down. And the mayor in writing, by the way, the mayor in writing turned it down, the mayor of D.C. They turned it down.”

All of that happens to be true. So here is what Joy Reid said: “He said Nancy Pelosi took full responsibility for everything that happened on January 6, and that there’s a documentary video, he pointed us to where we can get the fact check by saying her daughter made a documentary. That’s where she said, it was her fault. Okay, were just gonna pull the documentary, man.”

See the video for yourself. Pelosi says, “And I take responsibility for not having them just prepare for more.”

So is Joy Reid lying, or just not aware? Has she bought into the left’s Big Lies, so she doesn’t bother to look up the facts? Why didn’t Rachel Maddow or one of her other MSNBC cronies correct her. After all, Joy Reid’s complaint started with condemning “the egregious lack of fact checking” during the debate.

Let’s look at another analyst’s take. This time, from The New York Times’ Michael Gold claiming Trump’s line about Biden encouraging the war in Ukraine was false. Gold wrote, “And in a wild misrepresentation of facts, Mr. Trump claimed falsely that Mr. Biden ‘encouraged’ Russia to attack Ukraine.” But what about Biden’s comments about a “minor incursion,” that the administration attempted to walk back. Here is the unedited video:

Gold also wrote that Trump “tried to accuse Mr. Biden of corruption, dubbing the president as a ‘Manchurian candidate’ who was ‘paid by China,’ a nod to frequent accusations of undue influence for which there is no evidence.”

However, as I’ve previously documented, there is plenty of evidence about the Biden family receiving tens of millions of dollars from China, as well as from other countries. But if the New York Times says there’s “no evidence,” then you better accept it.

Gold also wrote that Trump, during the debate, “directly blamed Mr. Biden for a wave of immigrants ‘coming in and killing our citizens at a level we’ve never’ seen, a hyperbolic claim that is not backed up by available statistics.”

Such statistics are not very reliable in a world where approximately two million “gotaways” have entered the country, along with approximately 10 million other illegal aliens with little to no vetting. Fox News posted this graphic on Friday citing a number of crimes allegedly committed by illegal aliens across this country in just the last two weeks. If they had been kept from entering the country, these crimes wouldn’t have happened.

The implications of the debate and the two major Supreme Court decisions of these past two days will resonate for years to come. They may determine who will be the next president, and put important limits on the power of the state and a weaponized Justice Department. Stay tuned.

It remains to be seen if The New York Times still has the clout it once did. Their call for Biden to drop out of the race is the equivalent of then-Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona leading a delegation to see Richard Nixon to let him know that he no longer had the support of the Republicans whom he would have needed to survive in office.


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