Joe Biden called a woman a “lying dog-faced pony soldier” at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Sunday, raising questions as to what the former Vice President even meant with his use of the colorful phrase.
Biden was taking a question from the woman in regards to his poor performance in the Iowa caucus. Her apparently took offense to her questioning the viability of his campaign after a fourth place finish, making excuses related to the quaint structure of the Iowa tradition.
To make his point, he asked the woman if she’d ever been to a caucus, an unlikely event considering the town hall was held in New Hampshire where a caucus format isn’t used. The woman indicated that she had, to which Biden responded with the 19th-century style insult.
It’s likely the woman misunderstood that Biden was specifically referring to a caucus, conflating both caucus and primaries. Alternatively, she may have been a prior resident of a state such as Iowa or Kansas where a caucus format is used in primary elections.
It’s unclear how serious Biden was being with the colorful remark, and it’s possible he quickly pivoted away from his conversation with the woman when he realized his words could be construed in a personal manner.
This isn’t the first time that Biden has dismissed or outright insulted voters who interact with him at his campaign events. He’s told Democratic primary voters who question his record to “vote for someone else” in various forms numerous times.
Judging from his collapsing campaign and disastrous showing in the Iowa caucuses, it’s possible Democratic voters are taking his command that they vote for someone other than him more seriously than he had imagined they would.
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Mitt Romney Admits: Trump Likely to Be Re-Elected
Just weeks ago, Romney was voting to impeach Trump.
Mitt Romney admitted during a Munich Security Conference panel in Germany that President Donald Trump is “likely” to be re-elected on Friday.
Romney’s admission could be interpreted as a tacit admission that the Utah Republican was seeking to overturn the likely will of the American voter in the 2020 election. Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump on Democratic impeachment charges, claiming he warranted removal from office for temporarily suspending foreign aid to Ukraine.
“I can tell you I think it’s likely he will get reelected, not because he’s highly popular, but because I think the Democrats are not going to nominate someone who’ll be a very effective competitor.”
Romney’s answer when asked about Trump’s re-election chances seems to suggest he believes Democrats are going to nominate Bernie Sanders. Establishment conservatives such as Romney often tend to underestimate populist political figures such as Sanders in a similar manner that they did Trump in the 2016 election. (Romney did admit that he “did not predict that President Trump would become President Trump.”)
Romney was lauded for his impeachment vote by the crowd at the annual event, a mainstay institution for the western political elite. A moderator for the panel claimed he “probably the most courageous lawmaker we have in the United States.”
The failed 2012 presidential candidate may have alienated himself even further from the Republican party with remarks that seemed dismissive of his Senate colleagues, describing them as beholden to the President.
In what may have been his most self-reflective remarks of the night, Romney admitted there was little to no desire among the American public for the outdated liberal conservative principles he’s known for.
“Right now, the nature of American politics is highly populist… I’m perhaps a throwback. I jokingly say I have about 2% of the population that’s with me.”
I think that might be a bit on the high side, Mitt.
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