Former Vice President and likely 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden held a bizarre event Friday during which he joked about his recent scandal of inappropriately touching women.
“He gave me permission to touch him, all right?” Biden said as he hugged one of the many children he invited on stage. “Everyone knows I like kids better than people.”
Biden was speaking to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union.
“I just wanted to let you know I had permission to hug Lonnie,” he said after he took the stage and hugged Lonnie Stephenson, the president of the union.
The audience reportedly laughed at the jokes, despite Biden’s ongoing battle with several women who claim that he made them uncomfortable by touching them inappropriately. So far, five women have come out publicly to complain about Biden’s groping.
During his speech to the union, Biden complained about what he sees as a lack of appreciation for the American worker, taking a page out of President Donald J. Trump’s playbook and complaining about the “elite.”
“We’ve gotten so damn sophisticated, we’ve gotten damn elitist,” he reportedly said. ““I hate the way things have changed the last 15-20 years.”
For eight of those years, Biden was the second-highest elected official in the world – perhaps not the strongest pitch for a 2020 candidacy.
“I see people that have busted their necks their whole lives to earn your pensions, and when you retire you deserve every damn penny you work for, not a penny less,” he said. “I mean it! I mean it! I’m tired of it!”
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DESPERATION: Never Trumpers Float Romney/Bloomberg as ‘the Unity Ticket America Deserves’
How pathetic are these guys?
The “Never Trump” brain trust over at The Bulwark has unveiled their antidote to stop the President they hate so much in this year’s election: a “unity ticket” consisting of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) as a presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his running mate.
Author Neal Simon made the argument that this potential third-party ticket would appeal to independents in an op/ed published on Monday.
“Senator Romney’s entrance into the presidential race wouldn’t just give the vital center of the electorate a home—it would stand a chance to break a system that is stacked against independents and third party candidates,” Simon argued.
He compared Romney’s potential to that of French President Emmanuel Macron, the reviled ruler who has populist Yellow Vest protesters rioting against his unpopular style of governance every weekend.
“And as Emmanuel Macron showed in France, standing up a new party and winning a presidential election in one motion is not impossible,” Simon wrote.
Simon posited that by putting Bloomberg on his ticket as Vice President, Romney could essentially buy the election, which is what Bloomberg is basically trying to do right now with his run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“A Romney-Bloomberg ticket would be a first in modern American politics: A bipartisan unity ticket running under the banner of an independent third party,” he wrote.
Simon’s premise is predicated off of an assumption that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will win the Democrat presidential nomination. He believes that populism taking over the Republican and Democrat parties would open the door for a centrist revolution that could be led by Romney and Bloomberg.
“It would give both disgruntled Republicans who feel their party has become lost in Trump’s personality cult and Democrats who feel their party is lurching too far left towards a socialist revolution a voice on the ballot that reflects a popular idea of how the country should be run,” he concluded.
Simon, who was a failed independent candidate in the state of Maryland for the U.S. Senate in 2018, recently published a book titled, “Contract to Unite America: Ten Reforms to Reclaim Our Republic.” He is using the words of George Washington in his manifesto to defeat the new age of populist politics and return to the days of old.
“Capitalizing on personal insight derived from Simon’s political campaign along with extensive research, Contract to Unite America provides specific, practical solutions for an improved government and a better tomorrow,” Simon’s book description reads.
Unfortunately for Simon and the “Bulwark” neocons, the public has had enough of status quo politicians and does not want to return to the George W. Bush era. The dream ticket of Romney/Bloomberg is not likely to come to fruition.
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