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Biden is clearly unfit to be his party's nominee, much less president

By Cal Thomas, Tribune Content Agency on

After weeks of criticizing President Trump for not "doing enough" in the fight against the Covid-19 virus and suggesting the president take actions he had already taken, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden picked up the phone and called the White House. Given his confusion about so many things, perhaps he thought he was ordering a takeout meal and dialed the wrong number.

The president would not give details of their conversation, other than to say it was a "nice" call. Did Biden apologize for some of his criticisms of the president? Did he suggest the two take a unified approach to the virus and stop using it for political advantage? Did he say he would speak with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats, asking them to remember the virus does not discriminate between Democrats and Republicans?

I'm betting none of this happened, so to find out what was said we will have to wait for a "whistleblower" to release the transcript.

There is a larger concern about Joe Biden, and I am not the first to mention it. Too often he seems "out of it," to employ a nonmedical term. The long list of his gaffes has become legion. At one point, they were funny. But this is different from the gaffes of other politicians, such as House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who referred to the virus as a "pandademic, instead of a pandemic. Confusion and disorientation are not qualities one wishes in a president (and for you anti-Trumpers reading this, I understand you will claim the same confusion describes the current president).

The Republican Party and the Trump-Pence re-election campaign have been paying close attention to Biden's latest mistakes, untruths and gaffes. Here's a partial list, courtesy of, which the GOP sent me, and others on its email list, with links to make it easier for fact-checkers:

-- He lied in an op-ed he wrote, which maintained Trump couldn't deal properly with coronavirus or any pandemic.


-- He pushed the bogus claim President Trump called coronavirus a "hoax."

-- He falsely claimed that President Trump turned down an offer from the WHO to provide testing kits.

-- He claimed the Trump Admin cut funding for the CDC when, in reality, CDC funding has gone up under President Trump. (Reminder, Obama/Biden sought CDC cuts in five of eight of their budget proposals.) Trump did initially seek cuts, but quickly reversed course.

-- He falsely accused President Trump of disbanding the entire NSC team in charge of pandemic responses.


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