Joe Biden invokes ‘very fine people’ hoax from Charlottesville riots in debate with President Trump

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You knew he was going there — and sure enough, he did.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — with most of mainstream media squarely behind him — during Tuesday’s debate with President Donald Trump invoked the tired, long-ago debunked hoax that Trump referred to neo-Nazis and white nationalists at the 2017 riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, as “very fine people.”

What was said?

“Close your eyes, remember what those people looked like coming out of the fields, carrying torches, their veins bulging … just spewing anti-Semitic bile and accompanied by the Ku Klux Klan — a young woman got killed — and they asked the president what he thought, he said there were very fine people on both sides,” Biden remarked. “No president has said anything like that.”

Trump appeared to urge Biden to “finish the statement, finish the statement” — presumably in reference to his complete remarks to the media when he specifically condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists — but moderator Chris Wallace, who was demonstrably contentious with Trump all night, moved things along and didn’t correct Biden.

But we will. Again.

Here’s the in-context exchange between Trump and the media after Charlottesville as reported by
Politifact (emphasis added):

Trump: “Excuse me, excuse me. They didn’t put themselves — and you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group. Excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

Reporter: “George Washington and Robert E. Lee are not the same.”

Trump: “George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down — excuse me, are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him?”

Reporter: “I do love Thomas Jefferson.”

Trump: “Okay, good. Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Now, are we going to take down his statue? So you know what, it’s fine. You’re changing history. You’re changing culture. And you had people —
and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists because they should be condemned totally — but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. Okay? And the press has treated them absolutely unfairly. Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people. But you also had troublemakers, and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets, and with the baseball bats. You had a lot of bad people in the other group.”

Here’s the clip from the debate and some reactions to it:

Commentary: 5 reasons impeachment 2.0 may be more likely than you think

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Even before President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, numerous Democrats and liberal activist groups had floated the idea of another impeachment as a possible means to stall the Senate’s confirmation of a new justice for the high court.

As I note in my book, “Abuse of Power: Inside the Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump,” the previous impeachment push also seemed improbable and something House Democratic leadership wasn’t on board with — until they were.

Impeachment 2.0 would mean either re-impeaching Trump or bringing impeachment charges against Attorney General William Barr, according to reports. The endgame of course would not be removal of either — but rather stalling a confirmation.

To be sure, another impeachment is still unlikely. But it’s not as improbable as you might think. Here are five reasons you might see Democrats pull the trigger again.

No. 1: The Senate is obliged to start a trial, which could delay the SCOTUS confirmation

The point of an impeachment now would be to force a Senate trial in order to gum up the works and at least delay the Barrett confirmation process. If the confirmation process extends past Election Day and Joe Biden wins the election (and Democrats even perhaps win a majority in the Senate), a vote for Barrett becomes politically more difficult to hold, even for a lame-duck Republican majority.

If the House passed an impeachment — no matter how meritless — under the “Rules of Procedure and Practice in the Senate When Sitting on Impeachment Trials,” the Senate would be required to begin the trial by 1 p.m. on the day following the day that the House sends its impeachment “managers” to the Senate to present the articles of impeachment.

The rules also state the Senate shall “continue in session from day to day (Sundays excepted) after the trial shall commence (unless otherwise ordered by the Senate) until final judgment shall be rendered.” Moreover, all other “legislative and executive business” before the Senate is suspended during the conduct of the trial. Other business would include confirmations — even for a Supreme Court justice.

Of course, Senate Republicans could choose to make it a one- or two-day trial. But that would still delay things for the high court confirmation.

No. 2: Numbers would be there

Democratic leaders worked hard to whip their troops into line for the impeachment vote against Trump held in December. Sources interviewed in “Abuse of Power” said that as many as 10 to 15 moderate Democrats might have defected if the majority followed the original plan of an impeachment vote in October or November. That would have been an embarrassment for Democrats — but the bottom line is that the House majority would still have had the numbers.

If Democrats tried again to impeach — this time for the sole purpose of obstructing a Supreme Court confirmation — they would inevitably have a divided caucus. But there is almost nothing Democratic politicians and progressive activists take more seriously than stopping a Trump Supreme Court pick. Even if there are significantly more Democrats defecting than before, the majority party likely has the votes.

No. 3: Pelosi already caved once on impeachment

After suggesting she was open to re-impeaching President Donald Trump as an “arrow in our quiver” during an interview on ABC News, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi backtracked with familiar words.

“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point,” she told reporters.

Some of us are old enough to remember that in March 2019, Pelosi asserted: “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country, and he’s just not worth it.”

That, incidentally, was before special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that cleared Trump of conspiracy with Russians. But Pelosi didn’t know at the time what the Mueller report would say. So it was rather astonishing that by September of the same year, she was gung-ho for impeachment over an improper phone call. The difference came when the far-left base — led by “The Squad” — as well as activist groups finally got to her. She lost control of her caucus and knew she had to move forward on impeachment for something — anything — to maintain her leadership.

Already, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who played an outsized role in pressuring Pelosi to move left, declared “all of the tools available to our disposal … all of these options should be entertained and on the table.”

No. 4: House impeachment manager on board

Moreover, one of the House impeachment managers is even on board with impeachment — and court-packing, for that matter. This could give the issue a little more gravity among Democrats.

During an interview on PBS, Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) one of the impeachment managers who also previously served as the Orlando police chief, seemed ready to go all in.

“The ability to move forward with whatever strategy, whether that’s impeachment, whether it’s after Vice President [Joe] Biden and Senator [Kamala] Harris win, they look at expanding the number of justices on the court, those are decisions that will be made by leadership,” Demings said.

No. 5: Who needs a crime?

The Constitution is indeed broad about the House’s power to impeach. Treason and bribery are clear enough, but the phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors” leaves plenty to the imagination. Still, by tradition, both Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were impeached for alleged violations of the law. Richard Nixon would have been impeached for alleged violations of the law. Further, all eight federal judges removed by the Senate were impeached by the House for alleged violations of the law.

Using the tool of impeachment to stall a judicial confirmation in the Senate would be unprecedented. However, the 2019 Trump impeachment already burst through the long-established tradition of impeachment only for a defined statutory violation of the law.

Recall, Democrats pushing Trump’s impeachment over the Ukraine phone call first tried to sell it as a “quid pro quo” until focus groups were unimpressed. So Democrats tried for a time to push bribery or extortion — both were tough sells. Finally, House Democrats settled on “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” neither of which are crimes but sound really bad. The charges were broad enough not to have to define but easy enough to understand.

If Democrats impeached Trump — or someone else — the charge wouldn’t be for nominating a Supreme Court justice. They would find another reason, legal or not. The precedent was already set in the House that a violation of the law isn’t required to impeach someone.

Chinese kindergarten teacher gets death sentence after poisoning ‘dozens’ of children, killing 1

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A Chinese kindergarten teacher was sentenced to death on Monday after she poisoned “dozens of children,” killing one, CNN reported.

The outlet reported that the teacher, Wang Yun, carried out the heinous act in retaliation against a colleague.

What are the details?

The attack took place in March 2019 when Wang put sodium nitrite in porridge being prepared for the unnamed colleague’s students.

Sodium nitrite, necessary for curing meats, can sicken and even kill depending on the amount ingested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has determined that sodium nitrite — a toxic substance — is used in munitions and fertilizer. At high levels, sodium nitrite can prevent the body from efficient — and necessary — oxygen absorption.

The poison sickened at least 25 children and took the life of one young boy, who was severely ill for most of 2019. He died in January.

CNN reported that Wang previously argued with a fellow teacher at Jiaozuo kindergarten over “how best to handle the students.”

On Monday, the Jiaozuo City Intermediate People’s Court said that the teacher was fully aware that the sodium nitrite would sicken — and could even kill — the children, but she carried out her plan “with no regard for the consequences.”

A statement from the court said that Wang’s “criminal methods and circumstances were exceedingly bad, with especially severe circumstances, and she should be severely punished in accordance with the law.”

What else do we know about the incident?

CBS News reported that following the poisoning, the children “began vomiting and fainting after eating their breakfast.”

Following the incident, one parent told state-run outlet the Global Times that his child was terribly ill when he arrived at the school to pick up the child.

“The vomit was all over [their] pants,” the parent recalled. “There were other children who were also throwing up, and they looked pale.”

The outlet reported that Wang also poisoned her husband in 2017 by adding sodium nitrite to his mug. He suffered only “minor” injuries in connection with the attack.

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

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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 .

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

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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.”

‘Dumpster fire’: See Jake Tapper and Dana Bash’s blunt reaction to debate

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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.

Nicolle Wallace: Trump’s Debate Performance Felt Like ‘An Assault’ On American Politics | MSNBC

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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 .

Nearly 100,000 Residents Receive Wrong Ballots

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Democrats may very soon regret pushing mail-in voting. From the stories we’ve seen, it’s a mess. There are accusations of ballot harvesting, questions of fraud with absentee ballots, and even ballots ending up in a ditch or being discarded.

The New York City Board of Elections recently mailed out nearly half a million absentee ballots ahead of Election Day, yet some voters are already reporting problems with their ballots that could invalidate someone’s vote.

Voters in Brooklyn said they have received mislabeled “official absentee ballot envelopes.” Their ballot envelopes bear the wrong name and address on them. If a person signs their name to a faulty ballot envelope, the ballot would be voided. Even a CNN reporter had issues with his own ballot and spoke out about it.

“I just got my New York mail-in ballot today and the security envelope I’m supposed to put it in and sign has some other guy’s name and address on it. Gothamist is already reporting other cases, so this is looking to be a widespread problem,” CNN Reporter Nathan McDermott tweeted.

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So far, voters in Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Carroll Gardens, Crown Heights, Clinton Hill, Bushwick, Flatbush, Brooklyn Heights, and Sunset Park have reported the issue. With problems like these, more doubt is warranted in how voters may be affected. The BOE has come out to say that they don’t know how to remedy the problem but are determining the best way to make sure people who receive erroneous envelopes receive new ones before the election.

That isn’t even the worst of the mail-in ballot errors. Some NYC voters received mail-in ballots marked for military use, despite never having served in the military. In a NY Post, many received official military absentee ballots instead of a military/absentee ballot, leaving many worried that their votes might not be properly tallied.

CNN is saying voters will receive new ballots, but how many will try to double vote with the old ballot? That’s 100,000 extra ballots. The media and radical left are trying to get away with small amounts of vote inaccuracies in close races.

Talk about a rigged election. But hey, that’s exactly what the Democrats want.

Here’s what President Trump was referring to when he said fraud has been ‘established’ with mail-in voting

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President Donald Trump said during Tuesday night’s first presidential debate that fraud has already been “established” as a risk with mail-in voting, citing a recent race between two Democrats.

What are the details?

As the debate began to wrap up, Trump pushed back on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s claim that “no one has established at all that there is fraud related to mail-in ballots. That somehow it’s a fraudulent process.”

“It’s already been established,” the president replied. “Take a look at Carolyn Maloney’s race,” Trump suggested to moderator Chris Wallace. “Look at Carolyn Maloney. They have no idea what happened.”

President Trump was not able to elaborate as Wallace returned the floor to Biden, who said that the president “has no idea what he’s talking about.”

What President Trump was referring to was a June primary race between incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and her challenger, fellow Democrat Suraj Patel.

Patel did not concede for more than two months, because, according to India West, the “results were delayed and contested due to problems counting absentee ballots.” Neither of the candidates alleged fraudulent or duplicate voting, but they did allege that some ballots were improperly not counted.

Fox News reported last month that the Maloney-Patel race and another New York race “mired by thousands of missing and uncounted mail-in ballots” have “become Exhibit A in President Trump’s campaign against universal mail-in balloting, which he and several experts say poses a major fraud risk.”

The outlet explained:

Maloney held onto a mere 658-vote lead over Patel after in-person voting concluded, with 65,000 mail-in votes uncounted. The final, certified margin of victory was 3,700 votes. A total of 13,000 mail-in votes were tossed out for various reasons, including missing signatures or incorrect postmarks.

President Trump called for a do-over in the Maloney race, referring to it as a “total disaster.”

Fox News also reported that “fraud has not been alleged in the race,” but acknowledged that “a Fox News analysis found a slew of issues in other states in recent days, including intentional ballot fraud.”

In reaction to Trump bringing up the Maloney race as an example, Patel tweeted Tuesday night, “Let’s be clear, the issue in my race was disenfranchisement, not voter fraud. More than 1 in 5 ballots were discarded, many multiples of the final margin. We called our election a canary in the coal mine for November, we were right. Trump lied about what happened here.”

Maloney herself did not address the fraud allegations when she tweeted, “Donald: I won my election. You’re going to lose yours.”

Here’s what President Trump was referring to when he said fraud has been ‘established’ with mail-in voting

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President Donald Trump said during Tuesday night’s first presidential debate that fraud has already been “established” as a risk with mail-in voting, citing a recent race between two Democrats.

What are the details?

As the debate began to wrap up, Trump pushed back on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s claim that “no one has established at all that there is fraud related to mail-in ballots. That somehow it’s a fraudulent process.”

“It’s already been established,” the president replied. “Take a look at Carolyn Maloney’s race,” Trump suggested to moderator Chris Wallace. “Look at Carolyn Maloney. They have no idea what happened.”

President Trump was not able to elaborate as Wallace returned the floor to Biden, who said that the president “has no idea what he’s talking about.”

What President Trump was referring to was a June primary race between incumbent Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and her challenger, fellow Democrat Suraj Patel.

Patel did not concede for more than two months, because, according to India West, the “results were delayed and contested due to problems counting absentee ballots.” Neither of the candidates alleged fraudulent or duplicate voting, but they did allege that some ballots were improperly not counted.

Fox News reported last month that the Maloney-Patel race and another New York race “mired by thousands of missing and uncounted mail-in ballots” have “become Exhibit A in President Trump’s campaign against universal mail-in balloting, which he and several experts say poses a major fraud risk.”

The outlet explained:

Maloney held onto a mere 658-vote lead over Patel after in-person voting concluded, with 65,000 mail-in votes uncounted. The final, certified margin of victory was 3,700 votes. A total of 13,000 mail-in votes were tossed out for various reasons, including missing signatures or incorrect postmarks.

President Trump called for a do-over in the Maloney race, referring to it as a “total disaster.”

Fox News also reported that “fraud has not been alleged in the race,” but acknowledged that “a Fox News analysis found a slew of issues in other states in recent days, including intentional ballot fraud.”

In reaction to Trump bringing up the Maloney race as an example, Patel tweeted Tuesday night, “Let’s be clear, the issue in my race was disenfranchisement, not voter fraud. More than 1 in 5 ballots were discarded, many multiples of the final margin. We called our election a canary in the coal mine for November, we were right. Trump lied about what happened here.”

Maloney herself did not address the fraud allegations when she tweeted, “Donald: I won my election. You’re going to lose yours.”

Trump backs Biden into a corner on Green New Deal and the far left is gnashing its teeth over what he said

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President Donald Trump backed Democratic competitor Joe Biden into a corner about the Green New Deal, and the far left were angered over what he said Tuesday night during the first presidential debate.

The president hammered Biden over climate change by repeating estimates about the Green New Deal costing upward of $100 trillion dollars. Biden claimed that the controversial Green New Deal would pay for itself, then said that he didn’t support it, and then said that he had his own version of it during the debate.

“The Green New Deal will pay for itself as we move forward,” Biden said. “We’re not gonna build plants that are, in fact, great polluting…”

“Do you support the Green New Deal?” interrupted moderator Chris Wallace.

“No, I don’t support the Green New Deal,” Biden said.

“Oh you don’t? Well, that’s a big statement!” Trump said. “That means you just lost the radical left! Gone!”

“I support the Biden plan that I put forward. The Biden plan, which is different than what he calls the radical Green New Deal,” Biden said.

Some on the far left were aggravated by Biden’s comments on the Green New Deal and they took to social media to express their frustration.

“Oh good I was worried that the left wouldn’t get trashed any more in the debate but just in time, let’s all shred the green new deal! Giving young voters and progressives lots of reasons to vote,” liberal host Krystal Ball tweeted.

Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins used the opportunity to strike at Biden from the left.

“Biden makes clear that he does not support the Green New Deal,” said Hawkins. “The fossil fuel companies will continue to have a friend in the White House.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was also angered that the president was using a cost figure for the Green New Deal she disagreed with.

“When Republicans talk about the Green New Deal being $100 trillion dollars, please know they’re doing that Dr. Evil thing where they shout random, escalating numbers to sound ominous,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who offered a link to an alternative view.

Others on social media pointed out that Biden’s vice presidential running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), was a co-sponsor on the Green New Deal.

Here’s the video of the exchange about the Green New Deal:

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Fiery first debate featured virtually endless insults and bickering between testy Trump, Biden

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The first presidential debate of 2020 is in the books, and suffice it to say, it was every bit as entertaining — and feisty — as advertised.

For more than 90 minutes on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden fielded questions, but mostly bickered incessantly, in front of a socially distanced crowd in Cleveland, while presumably millions watched on TV and online.

Key takeaways

More than any single exchange or issue discussed, the candidates’ general ire toward each other and consistent insult-slinging will likely be regarded as the biggest takeaway from the debate.

The candidates rarely made it two minutes without sidetracking the discussion by interrupting each other with derogatory remarks and personal affronts.

At one point early on, Biden actually jabbed at Trump, saying, “Will you shut up, man?” and at another point referred to Trump as a “clown.”

Trump mocked Biden for wrongly claiming he started his academic career at Delaware State University — the school has since said he never attended — and accused Biden of forgetting.

“Don’t ever use the word smart with me … because you know what, there’s nothing smart about you, Joe,” Trump said.

Biden Tells Trump to “Shut Up” But Isn’t Ready for Trump to BRING THE FIRE!

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Key exchanges

When it came to discussing actual issues, the candidates worked hard to differentiate themselves from each other. Here were some of the key exchanges from the night.

On recent controversies: Moderator Chris Wallace made sure to bring up several hot-button issues that arose in recent days and weeks, including the New York Times’ publication of Trump’s alleged tax records and Biden’s refusal to indicate whether he would pack the Supreme Court or not if he were elected president.

Trump denied the NYT report, asserting that he has paid millions in income taxes. Biden continued to deflect answering whether he would pack the court.

On the Supreme Court: Trump was unapologetic about his move to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the nation’s high court, saying that “we won the election, and elections have consequences.” Biden agreed with Trump that elections have consequences, but submitted that the 2020 election, and not 2016, should be the one that matters in this case.

On the coronavirus: Biden perceived this area as a weak spot for the president and sought to drive home the notion that Trump was solely responsible for the more than 200,000 Americans who have reportedly died as a result of the virus.

“You should get out of the bunker and out of the sand trap … and fund what needs to be done to save lives,” Biden told Trump.

Trump defended his actions and hit back at his challenger by suggesting Biden would have kept the country open and vulnerable to the virus for months longer than he did. He also warned that under Biden’s leadership, the country would undergo a protracted nationwide shutdown.

Trump Embarrasses Biden During Debate for Using the Word “Smart” and EXPOSES His Past

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On law and order: Trump repeatedly taunted Biden by saying he wouldn’t declare support for law and order and accusing him of being beholden to the radical left: “They’ve got you wrapped around their finger, Joe.”

“We believe in law and order; you don’t,” Trump said.

On race: Biden labeled Trump as “a racist,” while Trump lambasted the senator for the 1994 crime bill he helped pass. Trump said Biden has treated black people “about as bad as anybody in this country.”

“You called them super-predators, and you’ve called them worse than that,” he added.

Anything else?

Unsurprisingly, the topic of Russian collusion and global conflicts of interest played center stage at the debate.

Trump repeatedly instigated Biden with the allegation that his son, Hunter Biden, received a $3.5 million wire transfer from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.

Biden hit back several times by alleging that Trump is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “puppy.”

In the end, there appeared to be no immediately clear winner, though polling may eventually show differently.

However, those who simply wanted an entertaining bare-knuckled brawl certainly got their wish.