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FLASHBACK: On This Day in 1987, Plagiarism Scandal Forced Joe Biden Out of Democratic Presidential Race

Biden’s presidential buffoonery goes back many decades!

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Career politician Joe Biden, who was a long-time U.S. Senator before becoming Barack Obama’s Vice President, bowed out of the Democratic Presidential race on this day in 1987.

A reporter noted that Biden was forced out of the race due to “questions of character and integrity” after being dogged by an embarrassing plagiarism scandal and dishonesty about his record as a Washington D.C. lawmaker:

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Biden gained infamy after he was caught stealing substantial portions of a speech from Neil Kinnock, a United Kingdom Labour MP who challenged Tory icon Margaret Thatcher for Prime Minister of Britain. He had also plagiarized a law review journal while writing a paper as a student at Syracuse law school.

At first, Biden denied any wrongdoing for his actions, hoping that he could shrug off the developing scandal.

“Look, I’m a big boy,” Biden said. ”I’ve been in politics for 15 years. This is not my style. If they want to do it this way, so be it.”

But eventually, he was forced to admit that he did in fact commit plagiarism. It would eventually lead to Biden bowing out of the race.

“I was wrong, but I was not malevolent in any way,” he said. ”I did not intentionally move to mislead anybody. And I didn’t. To this day I didn’t.”

”When I was at Syracuse,” Biden added, ”I was married, I was in law school, I wore sports coats. You’re looking at a middle-class guy. I am who I am. I’m not big on flak jackets and tie-dyed shirts. You know, that’s not me.”

Luckily for Biden, plagiarism is no longer something that can disqualify a candidate from presidential contention in a Democratic Party that has abandoned accountability and virtue. Biden has already been caught plagiarizing part of his climate change proposal earlier in this campaign cycle.

“I think you’re going to see from the campaign an acknowledgment of exactly what happened and what it did. You know, it’s uh, I think it’s uh … Look, they made a mistake, they corrected it, they acknowledged it, and they let me know about it. And the outfits that some of the language came from are people who support the plan,” Biden said earlier this year.

Biden remains the frontrunner in the polls for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, despite his decades of baggage as well as a series of embarrassing flubs that have even many of his fellow Democrats questioning his mental acuity for the position.

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DECISIVE VICTORY: Arizona Judge Rules State Senate Can Review 2.1 Million Ballots & Voting Software in Maricopa County

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Friday morning, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge gave the Trump Campaign and overall MAGA movement another small yet decisive victory in their ongoing legal battle in the 2020 Presidential Election. According to an article by the Associated Press, Judge Timothy Thomason ruled that the Arizona Senate can get access to 2.1 million voter ballots and voting machines from Maricopa County, Arizona’s most popular county which flipped Arizona from Trump to Biden. Big League Politics has previously reported on Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors and their state of perpetual non-compliance with legally issued subpoenas by the Arizona Senate. It appears that today, Judge Thomason has officially ordered that non-compliance to end, and Maricopa County must allow the Senate to proceed with their investigation.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has previously argued that ballots should remain secret and not open to investigation. They see the subpoenas issued by the Senate as illegitimate and that they have no right to access the county’s voting hardware. In turn, the Senate and their legal team have argued that the constitution clearly gives the Legislature the responsibility to enforce the law and to maintain election integrity. It is the Senate’s role to ensure that Arizona elections are free, fair, and pure.

Judge Thomason seemingly agrees with the Senate on all fronts and has called the subpoenas “legal and enforceable”. In his ruling, the Judge also stated:

“There is no question that the Senators have the power to issue legislative subpoenas. The Subpoenas comply with the statutory requirements for legislative subpoenas. The Senate also has broad constitutional power to oversee elections. The Arizona legislature clearly has the power to investigate and examine election reform matters. Accordingly, the Senators have the power to subpoena material as part of an inquiry into election reform measures. As such, the Subpoenas have a proper legislative purpose. The Subpoenas also do not violate separation of powers principles. Production of the subpoenaed materials would not violate confidentiality laws.”

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The rest of Judge’s Thomason’s ruling can be found here.

“We are thrilled and grateful that the judge was able to see the big picture in this whole issue,” said Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann. “That this has never been about overturning an election. This has always been 100% about voter integrity and finding the answers to all of our voters’ questions about the safety and security and validity of the Arizona electoral system.”

Maricopa County has been accused of committing mass voter fraud, discriminating against Trump voters and using hardware to manipulate votes for Joe Biden. Big League Politics has previously reported that former Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora had resigned from his office in disgust with the complacency Maricopa County played in the election fraud. Flora said that he plans to continue to push recall efforts against the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for what he sees as crimes against the people of Maricopa County.


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