KEEP FIGHTING, JOE! Defiant Biden Handlers Just Threw Obama, Schumer, and Pelosi Under the Bus and Then Backed Over Them.

“Can we all just remember for a minute that these same people who are trying to push Joe Biden out are the same people who literally gave us all Donald Trump? In 2015, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer pushed Biden aside in favor of Hillary; they were wrong then and they are wrong now,” the source told NBC News.

The source pointed to polling in the 2016 election that showed Hillary Clinton leading by as much as nine points.

“How did all this work out for everyone in 2016? Perhaps we should learn a few lessons from 2016; one of them is polls are BS, just ask Sec. Clinton. And two, maybe, just maybe, Joe Biden is more in touch with actual Americans than Obama-Pelosi-Schumer?” the source added.

That doesn’t sound like Biden is about to drop out of the race, does it? As I’ve said before, there’s more going on behind the scenes than just what the president wants. Jill Biden is wildly ambitious and shows no sign of wanting to give up the life of luxury her husband’s position provides. There’s also a laundry list of hangers-on both with Bide’s campaign and within the administration who do not want to lose their gravy train. If the president leaves the race, they will be largely sidelined, and they know.

Then there’s Biden himself. He’s a deeply egotistical man who will not want to go down in history as someone who gave up against Trump. Never mind that he’ll almost assuredly be blamed if he does drop out and then Kamala Harris goes on to lose. There’s no easy path out of the race for Biden that allows him to save face.

Related: “Republicans hold convention, Democrats crack up,” Byron York writes:

[T]he Trump team is rhetorically pressing on another angle, a crucial angle, of the Biden matter. If Biden has to pull out of the race because he is too cognitively impaired to serve as president starting next year, how is he in good enough shape to serve as president right now? For the Trump team, the word of the day became “coup.”

“This is nothing more than an attempted coup by the Democrat Party,” senior Trump campaign strategist Chris LaCivita told Politico Thursday. “They are actively engaged in an attempt, in my view, and a lot of people share this view, in deposing the president of the United States. Because, look, you can’t step down as a candidate for president because you’re cognitively impaired while still being president. The two are linked.”

“This is a political coup — let’s not call it anything other than what it is,” said Jason Miller, another senior Trump adviser, on Newsmax. “Democrats are running a political coup on their own candidate. Joe Biden … is the president of the United States right now. Here’s the important point: You can’t, as a Democrat or a member of the media, say Joe Biden has to drop out of the race but then he stays in as president. If Joe Biden leaves the race for president, he has to step down as president because that is saying he is too mentally incompetent to run the country.”

They have a point. And they will make it over and over regardless of how Democrats resolve their Biden problem in the coming days.

Mary Katharine Ham goes 20 minutes into the future:

IF HE SURVIVES THE WEEKEND, HE PROBABLY SURVIVES: Source close to Biden pushes back on calls for him to step aside.

A source close to Biden is blaming senior Democratic leaders for “[giving] us Donald Trump,” as calls for Biden to step aside grow.

“Can we all just remember for a minute that these same people who are trying to push Joe Biden out are the same people who literally gave us all Donald Trump? In 2015, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer pushed Biden aside in favor of Hillary; they were wrong then, and they are wrong now,” the source told NBC News.

The source pointed to polling in the 2016 election that found Hillary Clinton leading by as much as 9 points.

“How did all this work out for everyone in 2016? Perhaps we should learn a few lessons from 2016; one of them is polls are BS, just ask Sec. Clinton. And two, maybe, just maybe, Joe Biden is more in touch with actual Americans than Obama-Pelosi-Schumer?” the source added.

That is unusually blunt language representing the views of the people closest to Biden, who are increasingly frustrated with the lack of loyalty from party leaders. It shows that the scars of 2015, when Biden felt pushed aside by Obama in favor of Clinton, are still showing.

The pushback against Obama is unexpected.

HOSTAGE PARENTS, HARVARD ALUM ACTIVIST ADDRESS REPUBLICAN CONVENTION:

Shabbos Kestenbaum introduced himself as a past Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supporter and lifelong Democrat, who has seen it as “my party” since registering at 18 . He still received some of the largest standing ovations Wednesday evening at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

The proud Orthodox Jew and first-generation American, who is “the proud plaintiff suing Harvard University for its failure to combat antisemitism,” recently graduated from Harvard Divinity School.

The Democratic Party “has become ideologically poisoned, and it is this poison, it is this corruption, that is infecting far too many young Americans,” he told the crowd. “Far left antisemitic extremism has no virtue, and the radicalism on our campuses and on our streets has no moral legitimacy.”

Kestenbaum, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Harvard since Hamas’s Oct. 7 terror attack in southern Israel, told JNS that the Trump campaign contacted him a few weeks ago. It asked if he would discuss his experiences and “how we’ve been really disappointed in the far left of the Democratic Party and the inability of the Democratic Party to stand strongly with the crucial ally in the Middle East, the State of Israel.”

Channeling a famous quote from Ronald Reagan, Kestenbaum told JNS, “I did not abandon the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party abandoned me, and I want to work from within.”

“I want to fix it, but I also recognize that in the short term, there are a lot of problems in my party,” he added.

‘Sick and tired’

At Harvard, Kestenbaum told the packed convention audience at the Fiserv Forum on Wednesday night, he came to study religion and found “not theology but a contempt for it.”

Within 24 hours of 1,200 Israeli and U.S. flags being installed on campus in Cambridge, Mass., the memorial for the victims on Oct. 7 was vandalized, he told the audience.

Related: From Kestenbaum at Tablet: Being a Jew at Harvard is way worse than you think: Harvard’s Golden Age Turns to Mud.

WALLS ARE CLOSING IN: Biden’s Favorite Cable Host Joe Scarborough Urges President to ‘Do the Right Thing’ as Pressure to Withdraw Mounts.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough went on a lengthy tirade on Thursday morning urging President Joe Biden’s closest allies to help him “do the right thing,” indicating he should drop out of the presidential race without explicitly calling for it.

“This is not going to end well if it continues to drag out,” Scarborough said Thursday on Morning Joe, referencing the president’s debate flop and the steady stream of Democrats who have since come out publicly to call on him to withdraw from the ticket.

How odd — back in March Joe and Mika assured me that Joe is ever so “fit and trim:”

MSNBC anchor Joe Scarborough defended President Joe Biden’s physical fitness on “Morning Joe” Monday, saying the president exercises regularly.

“You look at Joe Biden, he exercises every day,” Scarborough said. “You look how fit and trim he is.”

His conversation with co-anchor Mika Brzezinski then shifted to Biden’s walk, explaining some have become concerned over the president’s rigid stride.

“His doctor told us why that happens,” Brzezinski said. “That’s a condition he’s had for a while. Also, he has a stutter and he’s had it for decades.”

In February, Scarborough trashed special counsel Robert Hur’s report on Biden:

Scarborough attacked Special Counsel Robert Hur on “Morning Joe” Friday for saying in his report released Thursday that President Joe Biden has a “poor” memory.

Scarborough, a former Republican U.S. representative who is frequently outspoken against former President Donald Trump, said that Hur, “from Trump university,” was playing the role of a neurologist and a lawyer in the report. Hur concluded that Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified information but that criminal charges weren’t warranted.

“So bizarre. So many people immediately heard these random conclusions, irrelevant conclusions, politically charged, Trump-like ramblings,” Scarborough said on the program. “Why in the world would he put that in a report? His neurological assessment of Joe Biden and secondly why Merrick Garland would release garbage like that in the Justice Department.”

And at the start of June: ‘Morning Joe’ Skewers WSJ Over ‘Shocking’ Biden Mental Acuity Story.

UPDATE: Megyn Kelly: Morning Joe Hilariously Going Through Five Stages of Grief About Biden as Nominee, with Matt Taibbi (video).

UPDATE ON COMRADE XI’S “STOKE”: Months-old photos of China’s Xi Jinping shared in July 2024.

The images accompanying the posts are not from July 2024. They were both taken during the closing session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on March 11, 2024.

A Reuters photographer captured the first image, which is described as showing, opens new tab Xi drinking from a cup.

The picture of Xi with his eyes closed was published by The Associated Press with a caption, opens new tab saying it shows the leader reacting after drinking from a cup. Other photographs from the news agency taken between four and five minutes later, according to the timestamp listed, show Xi standing upright, opens new tab and clapping while smiling, opens new tab.

That should settle that.

DON’T GET COCKY: Emerson: Trump Runs the Table in Battleground States — Including VA.

Nice. But seriously, don’t get cocky: “However, Biden only trails within the margin of error in most states, even as Trump has widened the battleground map. . . . To be honest, a two-point shift in the national head-to-head after the assassination attempt on Saturday in the short run isn’t much movement at all. It suggests that the electorate may not be malleable any longer. That’s both good and bad for Biden, as it also suggests that he may not be able to catch up as the race hardens, but on the other hand, he’s remaining in striking distance, where GOTV could make the race a toss-up.”

If you’re not donating and volunteering to phone-bank and drive people to the polls, then you’re not in this race. No, commenting on blogs doesn’t count.

NEW FRONTIERS IN LEFTY VICTIM-BLAMING: Nashville lawmaker blames Trump for assassination attempt: ‘People heeded his call.’ “Metro Nashville Councilmember Ginny Welsch, District 16, told Fox 17 Nashville the former president encouraged the shooting. Welsch objected to suspending council rules to allow for a hearing of a resolution condemning the assassination attempt and political violence. The resolution would have also honored all victims. She told Fox 17 she ‘absolutely’ stood by her decision.”

She kinda looks like a Karen.

UNC ASHEVILLE CUTTING WHOLE PROGRAMS IN FACE OF 25% ENROLLMENT DROP. Asheville is in one of the prettiest parts of the country, and the town is considered liberal and cool. How are they still losing students? This is how: “UNCA added sciences to its mission in July 2022. It now offers majors in New Media, Atmospheric Studies, and Environmental Studies.” Sure, who would not want to pay tuition for that?

 

EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY:

Plus: “The Biden admin rushed approval for wind farms off the shores of Nantucket to meet their climate goals.”