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Biden’s breathtaking political cynicism laid bare in his ‘both sides’ response to Jew-hating protests

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Joe Biden has long attributed his decision to run for president to 2017’s tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., and President Donald Trump’s response to them.

“It was a wake-up call for us as a country — and for me, a call to action,” said Biden in 2020, referring to Trump’s infamously inadequate statement following the neo-Nazi rally and murder of a counterprotester.

Yet while the rest of the country stood aghast at the overt expressions of antisemitism on America’s elite campuses over the weekend, the president remained silent, delegating the task of reacting to a deputy press aide.

When he finally did address them Monday at a reporter’s behest, this is all he mustered: “I condemn the antisemitic protests. That’s why I’ve set up a program to deal with that. I also condemn those who don’t understand what’s going on with the Palestinians.”

In the same breath as his brief, apathetic condemnation of virulent hatred, he provided a justification for it.

As it turns out, while Trump’s reaction to the Charlottesville rally was a useful symbol for the Biden campaign, it must not have sincerely shocked the conscience of its principal.

Political cynicism of the kind and magnitude Biden has exhibited always takes onlookers aback.

But then again, perhaps no one should be surprised at his villainously listless commentary on these ignoble protests.

After all, he himself laid the groundwork for them.

For months now, Biden has prioritized his political interests in having the pro-Hamas wing of the Democratic Party turn out for him in November over the geopolitical interests of his country.

The appeasement campaign began in earnest in February, when he returned to the podium at a press conference to call the Israeli rejoinder to the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on its civilian population “over the top” and insist that “it’s got to stop.”

A month later, he praised Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for his unprecedented remarks on the Senate floor calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s democratically elected executive.

“He made a good speech, and I think he expressed a serious concern,” mused Biden.

And in an especially contemptible moment this month, Biden blamed the failure to achieve a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip on the Israeli government.

“I think what he’s doing is a mistake, I don’t agree with his approach,” said Biden during a Univision interview.

“So what I’m calling for is for the Israelis to just call for a cease-fire, allow for the next six, eight weeks total access to all food and medicine going into the country,” he continued, adding there’s “no excuse.”

Of course, if the president bothered to tune in to world events, he may not have embarrassed himself so grievously.

Hamas rejected an Israeli offer for a temporary cease-fire in December.

Then it did the same again in January, March and twice more this month.

If the president couldn’t recall these basic facts, it’s still more confirmation he’s mentally unsuited for his job.

If he did recall as much and nevertheless chose to blame the Israelis to vice-signal to the most vile voices in his political coalition, that’s an even more staggering indictment of his leadership.

Biden might have believed that he could satisfy the fringe with few consequences, but he was wrong.

It was inevitable his indulgence of their delusions would produce more unrest, more chaos and more antisemitism.

In a misguided pursuit of his perceived political interests — the president has indeed retaken the lead in Michigan but trails in every other battleground state, per a new survey — Biden has committed the same sin he once denounced Trump for.

You can’t cut corners while claiming to be a paragon of moral clarity, and Americans are paying the price for their president’s attempt.

Isaac Schorr is a staff writer at Mediaite.


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