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Biden campaign tries to walk back Joe’s ‘transition from the oil industry’ debate statement after being ripped online

During the final presidential debate on Thursday, Joe Biden pledged to transition away from fossil fuels. The statement caused alarm for many who are worried about the economic impact of losing the energy industry, and the potential devastation on the labor force.

Following the debate, the campaign and Biden himself “clarified” his comments about the oil industry that drew ire.

“By the way, I have a transition from the oil industry, yes,” Biden said during the presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee.

President Donald Trump immediately became giddy about Biden’s revelation by saying, “Oh, that’s a big statement.”

The Democratic presidential nominee responded, “I will transition. It is a big statement,” which was echoed by Trump, “That’s a big statement.”

Debate moderator Kristen Welker asked Biden, “Why would you do that?”

He responded, “Because the oil industry pollutes, significantly. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time, over time, and I’d stop giving to the oil industry, I’d stop giving them federal subsidies.”

Trump pounced on Biden’s statement, “He is going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember that Texas? Will you remember that Pennsylvania? Oklahoma?”

Biden claimed that President Trump doesn’t give federal subsidies to the solar and wind industries.

Trump fired back, “We actually give it to solar and wind.”

A fact-check by WUSA said Biden’s claim that Trump “won’t give federal subsidies to solar and wind” was false.

“There are currently tax credits available to both the wind and solar industry — like the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit for Wind,” WUSA stated. “It offers tax credits per kilowatt-hour for ‘utility-scale wind.’ It was actually extended under the Trump administration in December last year.”

The internet reacted to Biden’s statement that he would transition the United States away from the oil industry.

“Biden wants to ‘transition’ away from the oil industry. He just killed paycheck earned by hardworking families in Texas. Joe just wants to transition away from Texas. Remember that on election day,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) wrote on Twitter.

“Hey Texas and Pennsylvania, @JoeBiden just admitted he would transition from the oil industry, effectively killing an estimated 11 million jobs,” Rick Perry, Trump’s former energy secretary and a former governor of Texas, said.

Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said, “I thought @realDonaldTrump was strong last night. Stark differences between Biden and Trump: free enterprise vs socialism, energy independence vs getting rid of oil and fracking, health care options vs govt run healthcare. Strong foreign policy vs buying friends.”

Kendra Horn, a Democratic House candidate in the oil-rich state of Oklahoma, disagreed with Biden, “We must stand up for our oil and gas industry. We need an all-of-the-above energy approach that’s consumer friendly, values energy independence, and protects OK jobs. I’ll keep fighting for that in Congress.”

“If Biden gets in, not only will he destroy the Oil & Gas industry (and millions of American jobs and lives), we can all say goodbye to these unbelievably good gas prices,” Eric Trump tweeted. “Don’t forget the nearly $5 per gallon we were paying under O’Biden.”

“What this translates to is hundreds of thousands of jobs gone in the blink of an eye. This is dangerous. It puts the prosperity of countless Americans at risk, and we cannot allow it to happen,” George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush, and grandson of former President George H. W. Bush, said.

In 2019, traditional energy and energy efficiency sectors employed about 6.8 million Americans, roughly 4.6% of the U.S. workforce, according to a report from the Energy Futures Initiative and National Association of State Energy Officials.

Following the debate, before boarding a plane home, Biden tried to clean up his oil comment.

“We’re not getting rid of fossil fuels,” Biden said. “We’re getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we’re not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time.”

When asked if dismantling the U.S. oil industry would cost millions of American jobs, Biden replied, “Well, they’re not going to lose their jobs. … And, besides, there are a lot more jobs that are going to be created in other alternatives.”

The Biden campaign tried to walk back the vice president’s comment on oil from the debate. Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager and communications director, attempted to “clarify” Biden’s remarks.

“Biden’s team seeks to clarify Biden’s remarks on the oil industry, with @KBeds saying that Biden was referring to ending oil subsidies,” according to Washington Post reporter Annie Linskey.

Biden was also grilled by President Trump over his past comments that showed that he was against fracking. Biden said he doesn’t want to ban fracking, but fact-checkers found a history of Biden being opposed to fracking and wanting to phase it out.

Emails allegedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop and reported text messages from one of his business partners, allege that Joe Biden was involved in a “lucrative” venture with a Chinese energy corporation, which named “crude oil and natural gas” as the “major drivers” of the company’s revenue.

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Biden dares Trump to share proof of anti-fracking comments — Trump posts video; fact-checkers say Biden has opposed fracking

The final presidential debate Thursday was fraught with heated discussion, including when President Donald Trump vigorously challenged Joe Biden on his stance regarding fracking. Biden reacted by demanding the president share proof that he is against fracking, so Trump did just that.

“We’re going to have the greatest economy in the world, but if you want to kill the economy, get rid of your oil industry you want,” President Trump said. Then he asked Biden, “And what about fracking?”

“I never said I oppose fracking,” Biden responded.

Trump reacted by saying, “You said it on tape.”

Biden responded, “Show the tape, put it on your website.”

“I’ll put it on,” Trump declared.

“Put it on the website,” Biden said. “The fact of the matter is he’s flat lying.”

Moderator Kristen Welker asked Biden, “Would you rule out about banning fracking?”

“I do rule out banning fracking because the answer we need, we need other industries to transition, to get to ultimately a complete zero emissions by 2025,” Biden answered. “What I will do with fracking over time is make sure that we can capture the emissions from the fracking, capture the emissions from gas. We can do that and we can do that by investing money in doing it, but it’s a transition to that.”

By the time Thursday night’s presidential debate had ended, the Trump campaign released a video compilation of Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) making remarks opposing fracking. By Friday morning, the video had over 10 million views and over 325,000 Likes.

The video starts out with a clip from the Democratic primary debate in July, where CNN anchor Dana Bash asks Biden if there would be “any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking” in his administration.

“No, we would — we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel,” Biden stated.

Other video clips show Biden saying, “We’re going to end fossil fuels” and “I’d gradually move away from fracking,”

Harris is seen on video saying, “And, I think it’s critically important on day one that we end any fossil fuel leases on public lands.” The video ends with Harris saying, “There’s no question that I’m in favor of banning fracking.”

The Trump campaign is highlighting Biden’s extremely wobbly response on the fracking issue because it could influence voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Oklahoma — states that depend on oil and natural gas from fracking.

President Trump played the video on Tuesday during his campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania. Vice President Mike Pence is also playing the fracking video on the campaign trail, according to The Hill.

CNN did a fact check on Biden’s history of fracking comments and admitted: “Biden falsely claims he never opposed fracking.”

Biden also said he was against “new fracking” in a Democratic primary debate in March when challenged by his opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, on the issue of climate change. His campaign clarified to reporters that same evening that Biden was reiterating his plan to ban oil and gas permits on public land, not a complete ban on new fracking, which a president cannot do.

On “Anderson Cooper 360°,” CNN’s fact-checker Daniel Dale said it was wrong for Biden to say he never opposed fracking.

“In this case, Trump is correct, Biden did make anti-fracking comments in 2019 and 2020, and Trump was not lying,” Dale told Anderson Cooper.

Dale mentioned that the official Biden campaign stance is not for banning fracking, but has proposed banning new gas and oil permits on federal land, but Biden’s comments against fracking complicates the situation.

On the Biden campaign website, it calls for “ending subsidies for fossil fuels” in “his first year and redirecting these resources to the historic investment in clean energy infrastructure.”

The Biden campaign is “committed to achieving a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050,” meaning a complete ban of fossil fuels.

Despite several Democrats promising to ban fracking, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris, the president can not issue an outright ban on fracking across the United States.

Hydraulic fracturing is a drilling technique to release oil and natural gas from deep underground by injecting fluid at high pressure.

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Biggest lie of the night? Joe Biden says no one lost their health insurance under Obamacare

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told a brazen lie about Obamacare Thursday evening during the final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, claiming that no one lost their private health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

President Donald Trump attacked Biden’s health care plan, accusing the Democratic nominee’s plan of being “socialized medicine” that would terminate “180 million” private insurance plans.

In response, Biden said that if the Supreme Court declares Obamacare unconstitutional he will pass new health care legislation “with a public option.” He declared his support for private health insurance, arguing that a public option would increase competition by giving private health insurance plans something to compete against.

Then he told a whopper.

“The reason why I had such a fight with 20 candidates for the nomination was I support private insurance,” Biden said. “Not one single person with private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan, nor did they under Obamacare. They did not lose their insurance unless they chose they wanted to go to something else.”

Biden’s claim is demonstrably false. After the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, more than 5 million Americans received cancellation letters from their insurance companies, informing them that the health insurance plans they had did not meet the standards of Obamacare.

President Obama’s promise that “if you like your health care pan, you can keep your health care plan” was rated as PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year in 2013.

“So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong,” Politifact wrote.

In fact, NBC News reported in 2013 that the Obama administration knew that millions of Americans would lose their health insurance under Obamacare. While the Affordable Care Act had a provision that allowed for some health insurance polices to be “grandfathered” in, meaning consumers could keep their plans even if they didn’t meet the essential benefits mandates required by Obamacare, the provision was written so narrowly that many of the plans didn’t qualify.

At the debate, Biden promised that his plan to expand Obamacare with a public option would also reduce insurance premiums. But the Obama administration made similar claims about Obamacare, and the truth was that Obamacare significantly increased health insurance premiums by as much as 24.4% beyond what they would have been if costs rose naturally, according to one study.

Many individuals who remember having their insurance plans cancelled spoke out on social media.

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Joe Biden leaves no room to backtrack, denies Hunter Biden made money from business deals with Chinese associates

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden unequivocally denied that his son Hunter Biden made money from a foreign business deal involving China during Thursday evening’s final presidential debate.

As President Donald Trump went on the offensive bringing up allegations that the former vice president knew about his son Hunter’s foreign business deals despite his multiple claims to the contrary, Biden forcefully claimed he has never received money from any foreign source.

“I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life,” Biden said.

Responding to a question from moderator NBC News’ Kristen Welker on whether Hunter Biden’s involvement with Chinese and Ukrainian energy companies was “unethical,” Biden deflected and pointed the question back on Trump.

“Nothing was unethical,” Biden answered. “With regard to Ukraine, we had this whole question about whether or not, because he was on the board I later learned of Burisma, a company, that somehow I had done something wrong. Yet every single solitary person when he was going through [Trump’s] impeachment testifying under oath who worked for him said I did my job impeccably. I carried out U.S. policy. Not one single, solitary thing was out of line.

“The guy who got in trouble in Ukraine was this guy trying to bribe the Ukrainian government to say something negative about me, which they would not do and did not do because it never, ever, ever happened,” Biden said, referring to Trump.

Biden accused Trump of being the one benefiting from foreign governments, citing a recent report from The New York Times that Trump had a bank account opened in China.

Trump kept up the attack, however, noting that Hunter Biden was appointed to the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while Joe Biden served as vice president despite having little experience in that field.

“He’s the vice president of the United States and his son, his brother and his other brother are getting rich. They’re like a vacuum cleaner,” Trump said.

Questions abound over allegations that Biden’s family leveraged his position as vice president to make financially beneficial business deals with foreign entities. Emails purportedly retrieved from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden indicate that the Biden family pursued “lasting and lucrative” deals with a Chinese energy company that had ties to the communist Chinese government.

The existence of the laptop was first reported by The New York Post, which cited former Trump campaign adviser Steve Bannon and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani as the sources for its story.

At the debate, Biden criticized Giuliani, saying “he’s being used as a Russian pawn” and accusing the content of this laptop of being Russian disinformation.

Leaving no room to backtrack, Biden explicitly denied that his son made money from a business deal with Chinese associates.

“My son has not made money in terms of, this thing about, what are you talking about, China,” Biden said.

Earlier Thursday, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, Tony Bobulinski, held a news conference accusing Joe Biden of falsely stating that he had no knowledge of Hunter’s business deals and of being directly involved in those foreign business dealings.

Bobulinski claims that the email reported by the New York Post is “genuine” and that he has “emails, Whats App chats, agreements, documents, and other evidence” to support his claims, evidence that he has turned over to the FBI. He is also working with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee in their investigation of Hunter Biden’s foreign business activities.

If Bobulinski’s side of the story is true, it means Joe Biden lied to the American people at the debate.

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LIVE: Watch President Trump and Joe Biden go toe-to-toe in the final debate — and follow the Blaze team’s live chat keeping an eye on every angle

President Donald Trump and former Vice President are set to take each other on face-to-face one last time before Election Day at 9 p.m. ET. You can watch the entire debate live right here AND follow the Blaze Team’s live chat below, where you’ll get our take on everything going on during the event — from candidates’ claims to background info on important issues to media reaction to any insects that might happen to land on either candidate.


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If Trump mentions Hunter Biden’s emails, Joe Biden likely to cry ‘Russian misinformation’ at debate

President Donald Trump is very likely to use the emails and text messages regarding Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings that have allegedly been exposed in reports from the New York Post to confront Joe Biden in the final debate. That became very evident on Thursday afternoon when there were reports that Trump’s special guest to Thursday’s presidential debate would be Tony Bobulinski, Hunter’s former business partner. The Biden campaign may have tipped off how the Democratic presidential candidate will counter the potentially damaging accusations at Thursday night’s debate.

Kate Bedingfield, deputy campaign manager and director of communications for the Biden campaign, provided some insight on how the former vice president may respond to criticisms from President Trump regarding Hunter Biden’s alleged business dealings in Ukraine and China.

“If we see tonight from Donald Trump these attacks on Vice President Biden’s family, I think we need to be very, very clear that what he’s doing here is amplifying Russian misinformation,” Bedingfield told reporters during a pre-date press call.

Bedingfield added that the campaign expects Trump “to continue to bully,” and Biden is prepared for those attacks.

Top Democrats, such as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), have already claimed, without evidence, that the allegations against Hunter Biden are Russian misinformation.

“Well, we know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin. That’s been clear for well over a year now that they’ve been pushing this false narrative about the vice president and his son,” Schiff claimed in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Murphy proclaimed, “Joe Biden — and all of us — SHOULD be furious that media outlets are spreading what is very likely Russian propaganda.” Murphy added that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani “is effectively a Russian asset now.”

The Director of Intelligence John Ratcliffe dismissed the claims that the alleged emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop are Russian propaganda.

“Let me be clear, the intelligence community doesn’t believe that, because there’s no intelligence that supports that, and we have shared no intelligence with Chairman Schiff or any other member of Congress that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign — it’s simply not true,” Ratcliffe said.

Joe Biden dismissed the reported emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop that was allegedly left at a repair shop.

“This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman. It’s the last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family,” Biden told WISN-TV. “Even the man who served with him on that committee, the former nominee for the Republican Party, said there’s no basis to this, and you know, and all and the vast majority [sic] of the intelligence people have come out and said there’s no basis at all.”

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Trump to bring Hunter Biden’s former business partner to final debate as his special guest

President Donald Trump will reportedly have Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, as his special guest at Thursday night’s presidential debate. Much like he did in the 2016 presidential debates, Trump will attempt to use his special guest to gain a psychological edge against his opponent.

President Trump has allegedly invited Bobulinski, the former business associate of Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. Bobulinski became a potential factor in the 2020 presidential election this week when he came forward to confirm that the New York Post’s report on Hunter Biden’s overseas dealings with a Chinese energy company is “genuine.”

Bobulinski became a possible thorn in the side of Joe Biden after he claimed that the “big guy” named in an email about a business venture with Shanghai-based CEFC China Energy Co was, in fact, the Democratic presidential nominee.

“Hunter Biden called his dad ‘the Big Guy’ or ‘my Chairman,’ and frequently referenced asking him for his sign-off or advice on various potential deals that we were discussing,” said Bobulinski. “I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true, because it wasn’t just Hunter’s business, they said they were putting the Biden family name and its legacy on the line.”

Joe Biden has repeatedly said that he has “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.”

Bobulinski, who is a former wrestler at Penn State University, said he’s “not a political person.” “What few campaign contributions I have made in my life were to Democrats,” he told the New York Post.

“I don’t have a political axe to grind; I just saw behind the Biden curtain and I grew concerned about what I saw,” Bobulinski said. “The Biden family aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions of dollars from foreign entities even though some were from communist controlled China.”

“I myself served our country for 4 years and left the Navy as LT Bobulinski,” he said. “I held a high level security clearance and was an instructor and then CTO for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.”

Following his stint in the military, Bobulinski became an institutional investor who invested “extensively around the world and on every continent.”

He is the CEO of Sinohawk Holdings, which he said “was a partnership between the Chinese operating through CEFC/Chairman Ye and the Biden family.”

Bobulinski is reportedly cooperating with an investigation into Hunter Biden’s overseas dealings that is being led by U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Bobulinski allegedly handed over a trove of emails, text messages, and documents showing Hunter Biden’s dealings with the now-bankrupt Chinese energy corporation to the U.S. Senate committees who are investigating Hunter Biden’s overseas business ventures.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Johnson are said to be interviewing Bobulinksi on Friday, according to Fox News.

“As part of the committees’ efforts to validate the authenticity of recently publicly released emails involving the Biden family’s international financial entanglements, we sent letters to five individuals identified in the emails. Those letters were sent yesterday, and the deadline is October 23, 2020,” Johnson and Grassley said in a statement. “So far, the committees have received a response only from Mr. Tony Bobulinski, who appears to be willing to fully cooperate with our investigation.”

Trump weaponized special guests at the 2016 presidential debate to try to rattle Hillary Clinton. His special guests in 2016 were women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault: Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, and Paula Jones. Trump held a pre-debate press conference with the three women as well as Kathy Shelton, whose rapist was defended by Hillary Clinton in 1975 when she was a lawyer. The women were in the audience during the presidential debate.

Also in 2016, Trump invited Malik Obama, Barack Obama’s half-brother, as his guest to the third presidential debate.

At the first presidential debate this year, Trump’s guests were Alice Johnson, a criminal reform advocate who was serving a life sentence in prison before Trump commuted her sentence in 2018; and Ann Dorn, the widow of former St. Louis police captain David Dorn, who was fatally shot in June while protecting his friend’s pawn shop during riots.

The final presidential debate will take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, will run from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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READ: Trump campaign shreds presidential debate commission for breaking tradition on foreign policy

President Donald Trump’s campaign wants the Commission on Presidential Debates to “recalibrate” the topics for the final presidential debate to include foreign policy, a topic that would allow Trump to pressure Vice President Joe Biden on his son’s foreign business dealings.

In a letter sent Monday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien wrote “with great concern” to the debate commission to object to the exclusion of foreign policy in the final debate. The current debate topics, announced last Friday, were selected by moderator Kristen Welker, a NBC News White House correspondent. They are: “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security” and “Leadership.”

“The topics announced by Kristen Welker … are serious and worthy of discussion, but only a few of them even touch on foreign policy,” Stepien wrote. “As is the longstanding custom, and as had been promised by the Commission on Presidential Debates, we had expected that foreign policy would be the central focus of the October 22 debate. We urge you to recalibrate the topics and return to subjects which had already been confirmed.”

“We understand that Joe Biden is desperate to avoid conversations about his own foreign policy record,” the letter continued, going on to tout Trump’s foreign policy accomplishments and criticize Biden’s record.

Stepien, referring to recent allegations made against Biden in reports published by the New York Post, accuses Biden of being a “financial beneficiary of a deal arranged by his son Hunter and a communist Chinese-related energy company.” He also accused the debate commission of protecting Biden from facing questions on his record.

“It is completely irresponsible for the Commission to alter the focus of this final debate just days before the event, solely to insulate Biden from his own history,” Stepien wrote.

He accused the CPD of engaging in other “pro-Biden antics.”

“The Commission’s pro-Biden antics have turned the entire debate season into a fiasco and it is little wonder why the public has lost its faith in objectivity,” he said.

“For the good of campaign integrity, and for the benefit of the American people, we urge you to rethink and reissue a set of topics for the October 22 debate with an emphasis on foreign policy. This is what the campaigns had agreed to and it has been the tradition of past campaigns,” the letter concluded. “We await your immediate reply to these concerns. We further advise you that there is no reason to consult with the Biden campaign before replying because we all know what they think.”

The final presidential debate between Trump and Biden is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. ET at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The debate will follow the format of the first debate, devoting 15 minutes to each topic and providing each candidate with two minutes to respond to prompts from the moderator.

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Kristen Welker, moderator of the final debate, has deep ties to the Democratic Party

With a little more than two weeks until the 2020 presidential election, we are heading into the stretch run. The second presidential debate was canceled after President Donald Trump contracted coronavirus. No make-up date or virtual event could not be agreed upon between the two campaigns, which leaves only what was to be the third and final presidential debate.

Trump and Joe Biden will square off for 90 minutes at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, at 9 p.m. on Thursday. The moderator for the final debate is NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

Following the contentious first presidential debate moderated by Chris Wallace, many are wondering how the last debate will be handled. People are also concerned about bias following this week’s two presidential town halls; where ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos didn’t ask Biden a single question about the allegations about Hunter Biden’s overseas dealings and the NBC News town hall where critics allege Samantha Guthrie had a hostile agenda against Trump.

Voters are asking: “Who is Kristen Welker?” and “Is Kristen Welker a liberal?” Welker, 44, has deep ties to the Democratic Party, dating back years.

Welker’s party registration is not currently listed, but she was registered as a Democrat in Washington, D.C., in 2012, and in Rhode Island in 2004, according to the New York Post.

Welker’s parents, who are proud supporters of the Biden-Harris campaign, have donated tens of thousands of dollars to the leftist fundraising organization ActBlue and Democratic politicians over the years, including nearly $20,000 to Barack Obama and $3,300 to the “Biden for President” campaign.

In 2012, Welker and her family visited the White House in December, where she posed with Michele and Barack Obama. Welker shared a photo on Facebook from the White House Christmas party with the caption: “Christmas at the White House!”

An NBC spokesperson said Welker also attended President Trump’s White House Christmas party with her husband in 2017, according to the Washington Examiner.

While reporting for MSNBC in March 2016, Welker is caught on camera informing Hillary Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri what question she planned on asking her on live TV. At the time, Clinton was in a tight primary battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination.


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In August, there was a shooting near the White House, and Trump was escorted out of the briefing room and into the Oval Office. Once the dust settled, Welker asked Trump, “Are you rattled at all by this Mr. President?” Trump calmly and sarcastically responded, “I don’t know, do I seem rattled?”

Later that day, Welker appeared on “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” where she misquoted Trump, “I asked the president if he was rattled by all of this, he said, ‘Of course,’ but he also expressed his gratitude to the Secret Service.”

In March, Welker asked Trump, “Dr. Fauci said earlier this week that the lag in testing was, in fact, a failing. Do you take responsibility for that, and when can you guarantee that every American who needs a test has a test?”

“Yeah, I don’t take responsibility at all because we were given a set of circumstances, and we were given rules, regulations, and specifications from a different time that wasn’t meant for this kind of an event with the kind of numbers that we’re talking about,” Trump responded.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, then corrected Welker on what she alleged him of saying.

“So just to reiterate what I said to many of you multiple times, it’s the descent of a system,” Fauci said. “The system was not designed for what it was designed for it worked very well. The CDC designed a good system. If you want to get the kind of blanket testing and availability that anybody can get it or you could even do surveillance to find out what the penetrance is, you have to embrace the private sector. And this is exactly what you’re seeing because you can’t do it without it. When I said that, I meant the system was not designed for what we need. Now looking forward, the system will take care of it.”

Trump fired off a tweet about Welker on Sunday with the caption: “She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?”

Trump is referring to C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully, who was supposed to be the moderator of the second presidential debate. Scully was suspended by C-SPAN after an investigation found that he had lied about his Twitter account being hacked. The tweet in question was Scully seemingly asking anti-Trumper Anthony Scaramucci for advice on how to handle attacks from the president.

On Wednesday, Trump called Welker a “never Trumper from NBC.”

“Yeah I am, and I know who I’m going against,” Trump told Newsmax. “It’s one of those things.”

“The problem is the anchors are all crooked,” Trump said “Now we have Kristen Welker; she’s a disaster. She’s a never Trumper from NBC. You know, all of NBC is never Trump. That’s Con-cast. They’re all never Trump, they’re bad news. That’s MS-DNC. You know, they’re just bad news.”

Welker selected her topics for the debate: fighting COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, and leadership, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

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Jimmy Kimmel wastes NBC for hosting President Donald Trump’s town hall event

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel shredded the NBC network after it hosted President Donald Trump’s town hall event Thursday night.

Kimmel’s network, ABC, hosted a town hall event with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday evening.

What are the details?

During Thursday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show, Kimmel began, “Presidential debate number two was scheduled for this evening, but instead we got two dueling town halls — Joe Biden on ABC, Donald Trump on NBC.”

“You know, there was supposed to be a debate tomorrow night, but since Trump would not agree to the virtual format that they wanted to have because he tested positive for the coronavirus, he backed out altogether,” the late-night show host explained. “So because there was no debate, Biden agreed to do a town hall on ABC that night.

“NBC pulled a very sneaky move,” he continued. “After Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate, they swooped in and gave him his own hour opposite Joe Biden. While many are wondering why NBC would schedule this at the same time as Biden’s town hall instead of on another night — or even just in another time slot so we could see what both candidates have to say — the answer to the question is this: NBC sucks.”

Joking that the move was a “peacock block,” Kimmel insisted that the network — which was once the home of Trump-hosted reality show “The Apprentice” — and said the network was chomping at the bit to get the president back on the air.

“Even though Trump spent a lot of his afternoon cryptically claiming that NBC was setting him up with this town hall, it was a beautiful reunion,” he said. “Seeing him back in primetime was like taking a time machine back to 2004 when he was just a blowhard reality TV host, nothing more.”

At one point, the comedian quipped, “Thanks, NBC. First ‘The Apprentice’ and now this. Why not a new Bill Cosby special while we’re at it?”


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Chris Wallace and Trump campaign adviser lock horns over first family not wearing masks at the debate

The ill feelings between Chris Wallace and the Trump campaign continued to simmer on Sunday, even though the presidential debate happened nearly a week ago. Wallace butted heads with Steve Cortes, a senior adviser for the Trump campaign, during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Wallace pressed Cortes on why the first family were not wearing face masks at the first presidential debate, which Wallace moderated. Wallace asked Cortes, “Do they think that the health and safety rules for everybody else do not apply to them?”

Cortes responded, “Everybody was tested before that event, as you well know.” He continued, “Those of us who went first were tested by Cleveland Clinic directly. Everybody who gets on Air Force One for any trip on Air Force One is tested before they get on.”

A feisty Wallace retorted, “It doesn’t matter. Everybody that was in that room was tested – Steve, everybody that was in that room was tested and the Cleveland Clinic’s regulation was it didn’t matter, everybody except for the three of us on the stage was to wear a mask and people from the Cleveland Clinic came over and offered the first family masks thinking maybe they didn’t have them, they were waved away and the commission on presidential debates has issued a statement saying from now on if you don’t wear a mask, you’re going to be escorted from the hall.”

“Everybody was tested beforehand – no, I’m going to finish my question,” Wallace continued. “Everybody was told to wear a mask. Why did the first family and the chief of staff feel that the rules for everybody else didn’t apply to them?”

Cortes said, “We believe in masks that masks are very useful, the president has worn them on many occasions, including visiting the hospital where he is now a patient, when he was visiting as commander in chief as a guest to visit soldiers there he wore a masks.”

During the testy exchange, the Trump campaign advisor noted, “We also believe in some element of individual choice, people were distanced and they had been tested.”

Wallace argued that the president’s family didn’t practice social distancing, claiming that “they broke the rules” set by the Cleveland Clinic.

Cortes then referenced the presidential debate, by saying, “Chris, the way you’re starting to harangue me now actually reminds me of what you did to the president during the debate on Tuesday night.”

He said that Trump “had to debate not just Joe Biden, but you as well,” adding, “You were not a neutral moderator then.” Cortes continued, “People can make reasonable decisions for themselves.”

A vexed Wallace replied, “Let me simply say the president interrupted me and the vice president 145 times, so I object to saying I harangued the president. I know it’s the talking point.”

Last week, Wallace responded to criticism about the way he handled the presidential debate by saying that Trump destroyed his plans for a “substantive” conversation.

“Literally, hundreds of man hours and woman hours between me and my researcher went in to try to prepare a substantive debate and on so many issues — Biden’s tax and spending plans, Trump’s climate and environmental policies,” Wallace said. “You know, I was really hoping for the debate that I think America wanted to see,” he continued, “which was a serious exchange of views.”


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Chris Wallace on debate: ‘I’m disappointed for the country’

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace expressed disappointment with the way the first 2020 presidential debate turned out, lamenting in an interview with the New York Times that he couldn’t maintain control over the candidates.

“I’m just sad with the way last night turned out,” Wallace said. “I never dreamt that it would go off the tracks the way it did.”

The debate was a brutal slugfest between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden. Rather than an exchange of ideas, the two candidates traded insults, personal attacks, interruptions, leaving Wallace at times helpless and ineffective as a moderator. Many reviews called the debate chaotic, with journalists singling out Trump’s performance as “monstrous,” though Biden called Trump names like “clown” and told the president to “shut up.”

“I’ve read some of the reviews, I know people think, Well, gee, I didn’t jump in soon enough,” Wallace said. “I guess I didn’t realize — and there was no way you could, hindsight being 20/20 — that this was going to be the president’s strategy, not just for the beginning of the debate but the entire debate.”

The rules of the debate provided each candidate two minutes to answer the questions however they wanted before being permitted to engage each other. Trump interrupted Biden incessantly, and Biden returned the favor in kind. At times both candidates were talking over each other so loudly that whatever points they were attempting to make were rendered unintelligible to the audience.

At one point, Wallace asked Trump to stop the interruptions, saying “the country would be better served if we allowed both people to speak with fewer interruptions.”

He says he felt a sense of “desperation” as he pleaded with the candidates.

“If I didn’t try to seize control of the debate — which I don’t know that I ever really did — then it was going to just go completely off the tracks,” Wallace said.

Though Wallace said Trump’s behavior “certainly didn’t help” the situation, he declined to put all the blame on the president.

“To quote the president, ‘It is what it is,'” he said.

In response to the overwhelmingly negative reception of the debate proceedings, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday it will adopt changes to the debate format. The debate “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” the commission said.

The Associated Press reported that one idea being toyed with is to allow the moderators to shut off the candidates’ microphones if they become unruly while their opponent is speaking.

Wallace is vehemently opposed to the idea.

“As a practical matter, even if the president’s microphone had been shut, he still could have continued to interrupt, and it might well have been picked up on Biden’s microphone, and it still would have disrupted the proceedings in the hall,” he said.

He worries how the American people would react to the debate moderator silencing either one of the candidates at his or her discretion.

“People have to remember, and too many people forget, both of these candidates have the support of tens of millions of Americans,” Wallace explained.

He offered advice to C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, who will moderate the next presidential debate on Oct. 15: “If either man goes down this road, I hope you’ll be quicker to realize what’s going on than I was. I didn’t have that advance warning.”

“Generally speaking, I did as well as I could, so I don’t have any second thoughts there,” Wallace said. “I’m just disappointed with the results. For me, but much more importantly, I’m disappointed for the country, because it could have been a much more useful evening than it turned out to be.”

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Horowitz: Did Joe Biden disavow lockdowns during the debate?

During the lead-up to the debate, I kept hearing pundits suggest that coronavirus was Joe Biden’s strongest issue. However, after listening to the debate, Americans are likely asking more questions about Biden’s true position on the lockdowns — the issue of our time.

Does Joe Biden support lockdowns or not? Even before moderator Chris Wallace got to the segment on the virus, Biden accused Trump of being responsible for virus deaths and not having a “plan” to deal with the virus. Then, when he got to explaining his plan, we all expected him to say that Trump pushed a reopening too soon. In fact, Biden accused Trump of shutting down the economy!

“We didn’t shut down the economy. This is his economy he shut down,” accused Biden during the segment on coronavirus. “The reason it’s shut down is because, look, you folks at home. How many of you got up this morning and had an empty chair at the kitchen table because someone died of COVID? How many of you are in a situation where you lost your mom or dad and you couldn’t even speak to them, you had a nurse holding a phone up so you could in fact say goodbye?”

Trump responded by asserting, wrongly in my view, that millions more would have died if not for the shutdown.

Biden explained that already in March he had a plan. But again, what is that plan?

We should be providing all the protective gear possible. We should be providing the money the House has passed in order to be able to go out and get people the help they need to keep their businesses open. Open schools cost a lot of money. You should get out of your bunker and get out of the sand trap in your golf course and go in the Oval Office and bring together the Democrats and Republicans and fund what needs to be done now to save lives.

Huh? So now Biden is championing the opening of businesses and schools? Biden appears to be locked up in his basement, so he might not be aware of what is going on around him, but there are so many masks in this country that you find them on the sidewalks. Nobody has been lacking PPE for the past few months. The reason businesses and schools are closed in many parts of the country is because his party (as well as liberal Republicans) closed them, not because they lack the money to purchase cheap Chinese masks, which don’t help.

Remember, it was Biden who said last night, “The party is me. Right now, I am the Democratic Party.” Thus, the shutdowns are clearly him, and he has clearly expressed support for them in the past. However, throughout the night, he never defended a shutdown of businesses and schools, the crown jewel of Democrat economic policy at present.

Going forward, he warned about hundreds of thousands more deaths. Again, what’s his solution?

“His own CDC director says we could lose as many as another 200,000 people between now and the end of the year. And he said, if we just wear a mask, we can save half those numbers. Just a mask.”

Here’s the problem: Almost every school and business that is open, except for rural areas, has a universal mask mandate and has had one in place for months. Why is it not working?

This is really one of Biden’s greatest vulnerabilities. Trump began to discuss the calamity of the continued shutdowns, but he needs to press his advantage on this further without the distractions of some of his other theatrics. It’s part of a broader problem that Biden has on policy. He had to retreat from or dodge any question about lockdowns, packing the courts, defunding the police, the rioters, or the Green New Deal.

In future debates, rather than trying to talk over Biden, Trump should remain silent and force Biden to answer these questions with stony silence. Then he should use his time to define Biden and provide a bold contrast.

One of the later topics in the debate was supposed to be racial inequality and race relations. That would have been a perfect time to show how Biden has supported the shutdown of businesses and schools, which has caused greater inequality than any policy in recent memory.

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the number of black-owned businesses plummeted 41% from 1.1 million in February 2020 to 640,000 in April thanks to the lockdowns. White-owned businesses decreased 17% and Hispanic-owned slid 32%.

As far as schools, the achievement gap caused by the shutdown is obvious. It’s parents who are already wealthy who can make other arrangements and form pods for group learning. Those who are less educated and have less means are totally reliant upon the traditional school system, which remains shut in most Democrat cities.

The simple reality is that Biden cannot keep his “I’m a man of Scranton” canard without disavowing lockdowns. It’s time for Trump to press that advantage. After all, Biden publicly owned the Democratic Party and all its baggage.

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Black sportswriter Jason Whitlock slams ‘pointless virtue signaling’ of media outraged over Trump’s ‘stand back and stand by’ answer about Proud Boys

Black sportswriter Jason Whitlock accused critics of President Donald Trump of “pointless virtue signaling” after many journalists expressed shock and outrage over how Trump answered a debate question about white supremacy in America.

During Tuesday night’s debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked the president if he would condemn white supremacists and right-wing militia, to which the president responded “sure” and asked Wallace to identify whom he should condemn specifically. Democratic nominee Vice President Joe Biden suggested Trump condemn the “Proud Boys,” and Trump said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”

Wednesday’s headlines at CNN, NPR, ABC News, CBS News, the Washington Post, and numerous other outlets all accuse Trump of refusing to condemn white supremacy.

CNN commentator Van Jones was apoplectic after the debate, saying Trump “gave a wink and a nod to a racist Nazi murderous organization.”


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“Only three things happened for me tonight,” Jones said. “Number one: Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacy. Number two: The president of the United States refused to condemn white supremacy! Number three: The commander in chief refused to condemn white supremacy on the global stage in front of my children, in front of everybody’s families, and he was given the opportunity multiple times to condemn white supremacy and he gave a wink and a nod to a racist Nazi murderous organization that is now celebrating online, that is now saying ‘We have a go-ahead.'”

Whitlock said the outrage over what Trump said is “stupid and pointless.” Responding to someone on Twitter who asked why Trump refused to condemn white supremacy, Whitlock said “because he’s done it before and it doesn’t matter.” He called the question “clickbait.”

“It’s like kneeling for the national anthem. Pointless virtue signaling,” Whitlock said.

The segment of the debate where Trump made his “stand back and stand by” comments dealt with the Black Lives Matter anti-police brutality protests in many American cities that have turned violent. The group that Biden and Trump mentioned, the Proud Boys, was recently denied a permit to hold a demonstration in Portland because of coronavirus restrictions. The Proud Boys describe themselves as a “Western chauvinist” organization that list “anti-political correctness”, “anti-racial guilt”, and “anti-racism” among their tenets.

Trump said violence in U.S. cities was mostly instigated by left-wing agitators, not white supremacist groups.

“I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing not from the right wing,” Trump said.

After Wallace and Biden pressed Trump to condemn white supremacist groups, with Biden name-dropping the Proud Boys, Trump gave the answer that’s headline news today.

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem this is a left wing,” Trump said.

“Antifa is a dangerous radical group,” he added later after crosstalk with Biden.

“And you ought to be careful of them, they’ll over throw you,” Trump told Biden.

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Media roundup: Most commentators think the first presidential debate was a ‘s**t show’

The emerging mainstream media consensus is, predictably, that Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden won the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. The commentators and pundits also seem to agree that the debate was, to quote CNN’s Dana Bash, a “s**t show.”

Headlines reported by CNN’s senior media reporter Oliver Darcy describe the debate as “pure chaos” and “mayhem.”

President Donald Trump’s performance in particular is under fire, variously being characterized as “monstrous,” “abusive,” “horrific,” and a “disgrace.”

Leading a panel discussion after the debate, CNN’s Jake Tapper
called it “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside of a train wreck.”

“That was the worst debate I have ever seen. It wasn’t even a debate. It was a disgrace,” Tapper said. “And it’s primarily because of President Trump, who spent the entire time interrupting, not abiding by the rules he agreed to, lying, maliciously attacking the son of the vice president. When asked to condemn white supremacists, he brought up the name of a neo-fascist far right group and said stand back and stand by.”

“The American people lost tonight, because that was horrific,” he added.

Dana Bash went further, calling the debate a “s**t show.”


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ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos also said this debate was “the worst presidential debate I have ever seen in my life.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said the debate was “unlike anything that has ever happened on a presidential debate stage ever before.” She slammed the president for accusing Democrats of engaging in electoral fraud and criticizing mail-in ballots.

In her telling, Trump delivered a “monstrous cavalcade of increasingly wild and obscene lies.”

MSNBC commentator Nicole Wallace said Trump acted as an “abuser.”

“Chris Wallace did not act as a moderator. Donald Trump did not act as a debater,” Wallace said. “Donald Trump was the abuser, and Chris Wallace was among the abused.

Wallace said Biden was also “among the abused” and said Trump was “cheating” by continually interrupting his opponent and speaking during his allotted time.

“I think women might have appreciated that this didn’t descend into pure violence … this felt like an assault,” Wallace said.


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It’s not just liberals in the media saying the debate was bad.

“This debate was a train wreck,” said former press secretary for President George W. Bush Ari Fleischer. “A mess that isn’t good for our country.” He criticized Trump for interrupting too much and Biden for responding in kind.

Townhall’s Guy Benson said Biden succeeded tonight because he presented himself as a viable alternative to people tired of President Trump.

Former New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who helped Trump prepare for the debates, said the president was “too aggressive” but added “that potentially can be fixed.”

Many conservative commentators expressed irritation with moderator Chris Wallace, who frequently fought with Trump and tried to get the president to refrain from interrupting Biden.

Wallace came under fire for letting Biden assert that Trump said there were “very fine people” on both sides at the 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. That is a
false narrative, as President Trump was not talking about the neo-Nazis, he was referring to individuals on both sides of the Confederate monument debate. Wallace’s refusal to push back on Biden made him a target for criticism.

Wallace was also criticized for appearing to take Biden’s side on the issues.

According to a snap poll taken by CBS News, most viewers thought Biden edged out Trump, with 48% saying the Democratic nominee won, 41% saying the president won, and 10% saying it was a tie.

A CNN poll found 60% of respondents said Biden defeated Trump.

Interestingly, Spanish-speaking viewers on Telemundo had a different opinion, saying by a wide margin that Trump won the debate.

BlazeTV host Steve Deace may have had the best summary, offering that if you liked either candidate coming into the debate, you probably didn’t change your mind.

The second presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled for Oct. 15. It will be moderated by Steve Scully, a senior executive producer and political editor for C-SPAN .

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Biden blames economic shutdown on President Trump. That’s not accurate.

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden clashed over coronavirus restrictions and the economy during Tuesday night’s debate, with Biden attacking Trump for shutting down the economy.

Responding to a question from moderator Chris Wallace, Trump said Biden would have been incapable of handling the coronavirus pandemic, noting that Biden criticized his early action to shut down travel from China at the onset of the pandemic as “hysterical xenophobia.”

Trump said that if Biden had his way, “millions of people would have died, not 200,000.”

The president also criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the H1N1 “swine flu” outbreak, recalling that even Biden’s
former chief of staff said “it is purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history.”

In response, Biden blamed the economic shutdown during the pandemic on Trump.

“There was no economic recession. We didn’t shut down the economy,” Biden said. “This is his economy, he shut down.”

Biden’s claim isn’t accurate. There was no federally mandated economic shutdown ordered by the White House. In fact, President Trump was criticized for resisting calls for a
national stay-at-home order. The president’s position was to give state governors flexibility to determine what coronavirus restriction were necessary in their individual states, and that’s exactly what happened. Coronavirus restrictions on businesses and public places were imposed at the state level.

Biden, on the other hand, said in August that if elected, he would
impose a national stay-at-home order if scientists recommended such action to combat a returning surge of the coronavirus this winter.

Trump accused Biden of wanting to shut down the country.

“He wants to shut down this country, and I want to keep it open,” Trump said.

A federally mandated quarantine order is constitutionally questionable. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the federal government has the authority to issue a quarantine order under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Public Health Service Act, constitutional experts disagree.

Polly J. Price, a professor of law and public health at Emory University,
told NPR in April that while the federal government has the power to issue an advisory, it cannot compel states to shut down businesses. That power remains excursively a state power.

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‘Will you shut up, man?’: Joe Biden descends into high school fight mode with Trump in first debate?

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden didn’t exactly treat President Donald Trump in stately fashion early in their first debate Tuesday night.

Biden called Trump “buddy,” said, “this man doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” challenged him to “keep yappin'” — and at one point asked Fox News moderator Chris Wallace and the socially distanced audience, “Folks, do you have any idea what this clown’s doing?”

But the former vice president’s heaviest hit at that point was pleading with the leader of the free world during one of their nearly countless contentious exchanges, “Will you shut up, man?”

Say it ain’t so, Joe

Most folks probably figured Biden would unearth some version of his famous angry pushback that inevitably ends with his hippy-forward suffix … “man!”

At least one “C’mon, man!” would have done the trick.

But no, Biden pulled out the big guns and let loose: “Will you shut up, man?”

It has to be a first for presidential debating.

What brought that on?

Wallace asked Biden if he would level with the American people regarding whether he’s willing to end the Senate filibuster and pack the Supreme Court with more than its nine justices in order to bring a majority back to the political left wing, but Biden dodged the question.

And Trump — as Trump does — pushed, repeating Wallace’s question to Biden.

“Are you gonna pack the court? Are you gonna pack the court?” Trump repeatedly asked Biden. “He doesn’t want to answer the question.”

Biden then let loose with, “Will you shut up, man?”

Trump, who’s easily heard much harsher questions, pressed on: “Who is on your list, Joe?

“He’s so unpresidential,” Biden remarked.

Here’s the clip. There are plenty of fireworks leading up to Biden’s “shut up” question, but if you want to cut to the chase, that portion hits right around the 5-minute mark:


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Here’s another visual helping of the Trump-Biden verbal takedown fest:

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LIVE: Watch President Trump and Joe Biden duke it out in the first debate — and follow the Blaze team’s live blow-by-blow chat

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Job Biden go toe-to-toe tonight at 9 p.m. ET. You can catch the whole thing live right here
AND follow the Blaze Team’s live chat below, where you can get our initial take of the goings on — from campaign promises and outrageous claims to fact checks and smackdowns to media bias and spin-masters’ takes.


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LIVE NOW: BlazeTV’s First Presidential Debate Livestream

2020 is a year for the history books. That’s not up for debate. What is up for debate is the future of America’s leadership. Tonight, President Donald Trump brings his nearly four-year record as commander in chief against former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s worked in government for over 40 years, but now he’s finally going to accomplish something. The two will face off for what’s sure to be a memorable affair, hitting topics ranging from the Supreme Court to COVID-19 and its handling, economic issues, race and violence across America’s cities, and the integrity of our electoral process. Sparks, insults, and nicknames are sure to fly.

Watching and reacting live with you is a stellar BlazeTV lineup, with your favorite personalities including Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, Pat Gray, Steve Deace, Dave Rubin, and Allie Beth Stuckey.

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Report: Biden wants breaks every 30 minutes during debate. Trump wants Biden’s ears checked for radio transmitters.

The Trump and Biden campaigns both reportedly made additional requests ahead of the first official presidential debate of the 2020 campaign season.

President Donald Trump’s campaign has requested that the campaign for former Vice President Joe Biden allow a third party to inspect the ears of each candidate for electronic devices or radio transmitters. The Biden campaign has not, so far, agreed to this request, Fox News, whose own Chris Wallace is moderating the debate, reported.

Ebony Bowden, a reporter for the New York Post, says that several days ago, the Biden campaign agreed to an ear inspection for each candidate but is now denying the request.

According to Fox News, the Biden campaign over the last few weeks has requested that two breaks be included in the debate schedule, one every 30 minutes, to break up the 90-minute commercial-free program. The Trump campaign reportedly denied this request from the Biden team.

“Our guy doesn’t need breaks. He gives 90-minute speeches all the time,” a source from the Trump campaign reportedly told Fox News.

The Biden campaign responded to the report, denying that Biden asked for breaks.

In days leading up to tonight’s debate, Trump has also called for each candidate to undergo a drug test, suggesting that his opponent Biden took performance-enhancing drugs prior to debates during the Democratic primary.

“Nobody thought [Biden] was going to win,” Trump said in an interview, referring to Biden’s debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). “Because his debate performances were so bad. Frankly, his best performance was against Bernie. We’re going to call for a drug test, by the way, because his best performance was against Bernie. It wasn’t that he was Winston Churchill, because he wasn’t, but it was a normal, boring debate. You know, nothing amazing happened. And we are going to call for a drug test because there’s no way — you can’t do that.”

The Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit and nonpartisan group that sponsors presidential debates, did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News on the reported requests from the Trump and Biden campaigns.

The first 2020 presidential debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET and will be held at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. The debate topics, which were published last week, will cover the following issues:

  • The Trump and Biden Records
  • The Supreme Court
  • COVID-19
  • The Economy
  • Race and Violence in our Cities
  • The Integrity of the Election
These topics will be discussed in six 15-minute segments for 90 total minutes.
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Will President Trump wipe the floor with Joe Biden?: Conservative hosts cast predictions for upcoming debate

“Stu Does America” host Stu Burguiere, and Sara Gonzales of “Sara Gonzales Unfiltered” sat down and predicted how the first presidential debate would go down between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

“What do you expect out of the debate?” Stu asked. “Some are sitting here looking at this election and saying Trump might be a little behind in the polls, but ‘this is the moment.’ Trump is going to wipe the floor with Joe Biden.”

He went on to ask Sara if Trump will destroy Biden or if conservatives are a “little bit too excited about it?”

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Bette Midler instructs Joe Biden to kick President Trump ‘in the nuts’ during first debate for ‘200,000 people he murdered’

Left-wing entertainer Bette Midler was best known for her singing and acting career for decades. However, since Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States, Midler’s tweets have seemed to overshadow her previous musical achievements and cinematic performances. With only days before the first presidential debate and following the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, Midler attempted to stay in the spotlight by unleashing several more outlandish and violent political comments. Midler told Joe Biden to physically attack Trump during the first presidential debate.

Midler, who has over 2 million followers on Twitter, urged the former vice president to assault Trump during Tuesday’s 2020 presidential election debate.

“I have to say this to #VicePresidentBiden, who is much more conservative than I ‘Sir, on Tuesday night you will be going toe to toe with a stupid, but wily street fighter,” Midler tweeted on Saturday. “My advice is ‘KICK HIM IN THE NUTS!’ And then do it again for the 200,000 people he murdered!”

The false claim that Trump “murdered” 200,000 people is a reference to the total COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Currently, there are over 209,00 coronavirus deaths in the U.S., according to Worldometers.

This isn’t the first time that the actress has asserted that Trump “murdered” people. In July, Midler called the president a “murderer” and admitted that she “can’t stop crying” after reading a New York Times article.

In another tweet, Midler gave this pre-debate analysis, “Looking forward to #Tuesdaydebate, when #BonecrusherBiden will lead with a couple of jabs to that big fat head, a fusillade of punches to that flabby belly, a right to the kisser, a punch to the solar plexus, and then, The KO Finisher. Take that, you #Loser.”

During a hateful tweetstorm this weekend, Midler also compared Trump to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Midler also said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is a “clueless pipsqueak,” and told him: “Go f*** yourself.”

This is just the latest example of Midler advocating violence and spewing vitriol towards conservatives.

In December 2018, Midler tweeted that the Trump family will “hang good and high” because of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

In June 2019, Midler “joked” that someone should stab Trump.

Following a September 2019 shooting in Texas, Midler called Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “spineless.” Cruz politely responded by saying, “Bette, you’re an amazing singer, but spewing hate & insults only contributes to the tragic division in our Nation. I’ve led the fight in the Senate to stop felons & those w/ serious mental illness from getting guns.”

In October 2019, Midler tweeted and then deleted a post that thanked the neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) for assaulting him.

“I DO NOT promote violence but… Rand Paul says the Kurds are being ‘ingrates’ for taking their frustrations out on U.S. troops,” Midler wrote on Twitter. “Which is a good reminder for us all to be more grateful for the neighbor who beat the [expletive] out of Rand Paul.”

Paul was the target of another hateful tweet in August, when Midler wrote, “Where’s #RandPaul’s neighbor when we need him?”

In August, the Democrat-supporting Midler called Melania Trump an “illegal alien” who “still can’t speak English.”

According to Twitter’s terms of service, “You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence.”

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CRYING WOLF: POWELL WON’T HELP TRUMP!

This article was contributed by Tom Beck of Portfolio Wealth Global. 

Are you waiting for Jerome Powell to pull a RABBIT out of his HAT? There’s a presidential debate tentatively scheduled for the 29th, so don’t expect the central bank to MEDDLE in the MARKETS between now and then, since there’s absolutely no chance they want to be appearing to be TAKING SIDES.

For the next few weeks, we have freer markets, so PRICE DISCOVERY will be real. The Federal Reserve won’t do much to offer artificial support.

We saw a run to cash, but institutional money looks to be COMFORTABLE with buying the DIP at this point, with the S&P 500 in correction mode (-10%), on top of the NASDAQ 100.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

The global markets have GOTTEN USED TO government debt rising perpetually, so no one is TOO ALARMED by this, but when global GDP is at 252%, the REAL MEANING of it is that there are GUARANTEED VICTIMS in the sovereign restructuring in the years to come.

Portfolio Wealth Global believes that both gold’s and silver’s PUKE yesterday shows that there’s BIG SUPPORT at the $1,900/ounce area, so we are eager to see if a NEW UPTREND is starting, after this BLOODBATH WEEK.

The majority of people are vaccine-biased, which means that they won’t return to FULL CONFIDENCE until we “beat the corona.”

Many industries are GOING BACK 5-10 years and even worse than that, in terms of demand for their products and services, facing massive default waves and I’m telling you that this is where BIG MONEY will be made.

Hoteling, real estate, aviation, office space, healthcare – you name it and it’s in REBUILDING MODE.

What are you doing to capitalize on this? Consumers, corporations, and governments need you to innovate and you can make a fortune on the way.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

EVERYONE is betting on technology, but the value is in the BEATEN-DOWN sectors.

The markets have SHAKEN OUT the people who aren’t ready for volatility, but September isn’t over, nor is this SECOND WAVE scare.

Personally, I follow our WATCHLISTS, which have come out in the past few months.

The first is from late March and delivered HUGE RETURNS – click HERE!

The second came out right before the June 8th peak – click HERE!

The third came out JUST RECENTLY to address the September massacre – click HERE!

Just a few days ago, when NASDAQ peaked, we published this (so timely) – click HERE!

FEAR LEVELS are up; this is when contrarians act. We’re like nocturnal animals – we wait for everyone to sleep and then WE HUNT.

I feel the same way about gold; this week’s dump to just over $1,900 took care of the LEVERAGED TRADERS.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

It’s LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE to be looking at these charts and not allocate funds into precious metals.

I ask people from the U.S., from Europe, from Central America, from Asia, and from Australia; the answer is the same: NO TRUST in government.

Gold is essential and the fact remains that the uptrend is IN PLACE.

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