As President Donald Trump continues to wreak havoc in the White House, he and a whole swath of Democrats including former Vice President Joe Biden are preparing for the 2020 presidential election. Trump reacted belligerently this Friday when confronted with Biden having asserted that he’s a “bully,” somehow finding it within himself to declare himself not a bully at all, but instead, just a really nice guy looking out for the interests of the United States — or something? What exactly would he call repeatedly threatening other countries via Twitter with annihilation because they — in his words — insulted him?
Trump told reporters, in what can be added to his ever-growing list of lies told while in office even if mainstream media fact-checkers won’t do it:
‘I don’t think I’m a bully at all. I just don’t like being taken advantage of by other countries, by pharmaceutical companies, by all of the people that have taken advantage of this country. You look at what Joe Biden has done with China — we’ve lost our shirts with China, and now China’s dying to make a deal. And by the way, billions and billions of dollars in tariffs are coming in, and China is paying for it, not our people.’
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 5, 2019
That’s a lie. A simple perusal of the facts will reveal how the responsibility for paying the import taxes that Trump has imposed on massive amounts of Chinese goods rests with the American businesses doing the importing.
Trump didn’t at all stop there, though — his repeated refusal to recognize the reality of his trade war with China is far from the only issue. He also claimed, for instance, again without any seeming cold, hard evidence at all that “you were going to end up in a war with North Korea as sure as you’re standing there,” but now, the relationship between the United States and North Korea is “a good relationship” and “we’ll see what happens.” To be clear, the main development has been that Trump has posed for photos with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — that’s all. The North Koreans still have their nuclear weapons, and there have been plenty of lulls in between them firing their missiles in the past when Trump was nowhere near the White House.
Trump’s incessant bullying of his opponents — what else would you call refusing to call Hillary Clinton anything other than “Crooked Hillary” years after facing her in an election? — masks a deeper issue, although only thinly. Trump has no idea what he’s doing in office, and is essentially winging it, even while the lives of people in the United States and people around the world hang in the balance.
As Democrats prepare to take this on in the 2020 election, they will be holding the second round of public debates in their presidential primary race at the end of this month. The first one produced some significant shuffling in the race, with polls after the fact revealing Biden’s lead had faltered and California Senator Kamala Harris was amassing significant support.
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