‘Are You a Junkie’? Joe Biden’s Confusing Day

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By Al Perrotta Published on August 6, 2020

UPDATE: Another stunning, racially-shocking clip from Joe Biden. Biden in an on-line chat with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists, asserts that the black community is not as diverse as the Latino community. “What you all know, but most people don’t know, unlike the African-American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”

How is this allowed to continue?


Woody Allen once said “80 percent of success is just showing up.” Joe Biden won’t be showing up for the Democratic National Convention. And in interview clips published today, we got more evidence why. 

The DNC announced today that rather than accept the nomination in Milwaukee, Biden will deliver his nomination acceptance speech from his home state of Delaware. The reason given? COVID-19. 

A senior Democratic official told CNN, “The fear of community spread in Milwaukee, with media, production teams and party folks was just getting to be too much. We don’t want to risk anybody’s health for this.”

(Unless he does it from his basement, wouldn’t there be the same fear of community spread in Delaware? But I digress.) 

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The Biden campaign and the DNC is desperate to limit Joe’s public exposure (and not to the virus). But Biden’s getting some cover from President Trump when it comes to the nomination speeches. Trump this morning floated the idea of delivering his own acceptance speech from the White House, rather than at a GOP convention site. He told Fox & Friends it’d be the “easiest from the standpoint of security.” Trump explained. No final decision has been made.

“Are You a Junkie?”

The question now for Biden is whether he’ll deliver his speech live or offer a pre-recorded acceptance speech, like an award show winner “who couldn’t be here with us tonight.” There’s good reason to question. On Wednesday, Biden made yet another potentially politically catastrophic blunder during an interview set to air Thursday.

As he has done at several points in the campaign, Biden face a question he didn’t like and came unglued.

Errol Barnett of CBS News asked Biden if he’d taken a cognitive test. A logical question, given his age and obvious mental lapses. And, not a gotcha one, since he’d heard it just a few days ago at a brief press conference. But Biden got ticked. 

“No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the h*** would I take a test? C’mon man!” he said. You know he’s ticked when he breaks out the “C’mon, man.” But then Biden carried on, right over the cliff. “That’s like saying you, before you got in this program, if you take a test where you’re taking cocaine or not, what do you think, huh? Are you a junkie?”

Barnett is black. Imagine for a second President Trump asking a black reporter “Are you a junkie?” 

Yes, Biden was not straight out calling the reporter a junkie. And maybe he’d have said the same thing had Barrett been white. (Except Biden’s response contradicts what he told Fox News’ white Doug McKelway when he asked the same question. Biden said he was “constantly tested.” His campaign explained he meant tested on the campaign trail. The same campaign trail he now shuns.) 

Biden has a history of insensitive racial remarks. So the fact that he’d immediately think of a “junkie” when responding to a black reporter must … raise questions.

As racial stereotyping goes, this ranks up there with Biden’s “Poor kids are just as smart as white kids.” Or you’re not really black if you don’t vote for him. Or desegregation policies could cause his children to grow up “in a racial jungle.” 

A Nonsensical Answer on China, And Weak Defense

Biden went on to give further evidence why the question about cognitive tests are so urgent. He gets asked about China. He answers in foggy fragments. Take a listen:

Here is a transcript:

The way Trump, the way China will respond is when we gather the rest of the world that in fact [unintelligible] in in fr- in in in in open trade and making sure that we’re in a position that the world uh that that we deal with WHO the right way, that in fact that’s when things begin to change.

Defenders have taken to saying his verbal stumbles are because “he’s still fighting a stutter.” A stutter he bravely beat decades ago. But even if his stutter is returning, that doesn’t explain the confused thinking. And with examples piling up every passing day, it’s no surprise a string of Democratic insiders and media elites are pushing Joe Biden not to debate President Trump.

However, Joe’s wife Jill insisted Tuesday that the former vice president will get in the ring with Trump. Okay. Maybe. But as formidable as Trump would be, it is clear Biden’s main foe is Father Time. And he’s already on the ropes.  


Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream and co-author, with @JZmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl. And if you aren’t already, please follow The Stream at @Streamdotorg

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