Biden finally has to address rioting

Tragic and disturbing shooting of “apparent Trump supporter” in Portland over the weekend.

“On Sunday, after a deadly shooting in Portland, Oregon, in which an apparent Trump supporter was shot to death, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden issued the following statement on Twitter: ‘The deadly violence we saw overnight in Portland is unacceptable. Shooting in the streets of a great American city is unacceptable. I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same.'” (Daily Wire)

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The Oregonian reported that a second man “under investigation” for the shooting is a self-described Antifa supporter whose social media presence “indicate[s] he attended many protests” in the city. The protests have been ongoing since this summer.


  • What’s at stake: First, and most important, we’re saddened that we must say this again, as we did on Friday: violence and intimidation have no place in American politics. This story is shocking, disturbing, and tragic.


(1) Democrats and the mainstream media must now reckon with the riots they’ve tacitly supported all summer.


— Joe Biden issued a statement that condemned the tragic violence … but then seemed to blame it on President Trump. (Read the full statement here.)


He hasn’t directly addressed any rioting in American cities this summer; the Democratic National Convention avoided the topic entirely. NPR even went so far as to promote a new book that defended looting last Thursday.


But now, after this tragic development over the weekend, Democrats and the media seem to understand they must address it.


So, as Madeleine Osburn noted in The Federalist: “Then the media messaging began a laughably transparent pivot from ‘What violence?’ to ‘Yes, violence exists, but it’s Trump’s fault.'”


Rep. Dan Crenshaw tweeted at Biden: “You’re only commenting now because the polling told you to.” (Read the tweet here.)


Which circumstantial evidence would suggest is true.


As you saw in The Vote last week, CNN hosts Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo talked about how Democrats must address rioting last week. Lemon said on-air: “But guess what, the rioting has to stop. Chris, as you know and I know, it’s showing up in the polls, it’s showing up in focus groups. It’s the only thing right now that’s sticking.”


(2) So now the left and the media are blaming President Trump … even though statements from the left are outrageous and indefensible.


Remember: Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently referred to President Trump and all congressional Republicans as “enemies of the state” and “domestic enemies.” The MSNBC host she was speaking with at the time seemed surprised.


And a Democratic senator tweeted: “Can we take the gloves off and tell the truth? Trump is deliberately killing people.” (Read the tweet here.)


Rep. Jim Banks called on Pelosi to apologize. Unsurprisingly, there’s no comment from her office according to the Daily Caller.


California spends $35M on voter education with consulting firm run by senior Biden advisor.

A consulting firm run by a top Biden campaign official is receiving $35 million from California for a voter outreach program linked to the state’s coronavirus response. The state awarded Democratic public relations giant SKDKnickerbocker the lucrative deal as part of the state’s ‘Vote Safe California’ program on Aug. 13.” (Washington Free Beacon)

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  • What’s happening: California is running a $35 million public education campaign on voting during the COVID-19 pandemic … but it has outsourced the project to a consulting firm headed by Anita Dunn, a senior advisor to Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.



California has gone all-in on voting by mail. California’s Vote Safe program encourages people to vote by mail or early, according to a press release from the California Secretary of State.


And that’s after California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to automatically mail ballots to all registered voters ahead of the November 3rd presidential election.


To push a policy that many believe could increase the risk of voter fraud and put a Biden advisor-run company as the public face of it is … well, you can supply your own thoughts here.

The polls bring more bad news for Joe Biden — and show President Trump closing the gap in battleground states.

“In Michigan, Biden’s average polling lead dropped from 8.4 percentage points on July 28 to 2.6 percent a month later, according to the average of polls kept by RealClearPolitics, while in Pennsylvania Biden’s average lead dipped from 7.4 points to 5.8 points during the same period.” (The Hill)

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  • What’s happening: The polling gap between Joe Biden and President Trump is closing in battleground states. Biden has seen his lead drop in critical states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania.


  • What’s at stake: You can tell the race is getting closer because it’s getting harder to find polling numbers. But jokes aside, here’s what it means:


(1) The media continues to underestimate President Trump. Both the media and the professional left are blinded by their hatred of President Trump. They can’t imagine that anyone would support him, and so they’re stunned when so many Americans do.


There are also challenges in how polls are conducted, as Axios explains here, that could be under-counting support for President Trump.


(2) Democrats are concerned about Biden’s campaign strategy — and he may change things up. The story below in The Vote highlights this trend.


Our take: Democrats thought (arrogantly, we’d editorialize) that Biden could coast to victory by virtue of not being President Trump. But they underestimated the enthusiasm of President Trump’s supporters — and the concern of the American people over real policies.

Democrats still want Biden to leave the basement. This time, to overcome the “bare minimum” of media interviews.

Democrats are criticizing Joe Biden for doing the bare minimum of media interviews, worried that the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee is repeating a mistake made by 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.” (The Hill)

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  • What’s happening: Democrats continue to criticize Joe Biden’s campaign strategy in another sign they’re worried about the 2020 election.


Last week, as we shared in The Vote, they were concerned about Biden’s lack of travel. This week, it’s concerns that he’s ducking the media — sorry, “doing the bare minimum” with media appearances.


  • What’s at stake: This means two things as we gear up for the fall election season.


(1) The race is truly on. The “basement strategy” was based on the assumption that Biden could coast to a win in November and didn’t need to run a traditional campaign. That’s no longer the case.


(2) And Democrats are getting worried. It’s 64 days to Election Day 2020 and just 29 days until the first presidential debate. We’re in a new phase of the campaigning now.