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Last week, Democrats repeatedly told us that Americans were racists and that there was no escaping their racism. Then they told us that Joe Biden, who spent a half-century in the DC Swamp and contributed to this systemic racism, is the only cure for this racism. They said that the man who co-authored the 1994 Crime Bill that started mass incarcerations of black people was a fine man, a virtuous man, a man of unending decency.

My question for these Democrats is simple. How can a man who is virtuous and decent write legislation that put thousands of African-Americans in prison? This week, the Democrats’ dilemma will get exposed when Alice Marie Johnson speaks at the Republican National Convention. Ms. Johnson spent 21 years in a federal prison before her sentence was commuted by President Trump.

A campaign in support of her release was launched by the American Civil Liberties Union and the website Mic; activists who supported her release argued that the punishment was excessive and an example of disproportionate impacts on African-Americans. A number of individuals and organizations supported Johnson’s bid for clemency, including U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen, Bennie Thompson, and Marc Veasey, law professors Marc Morjé Howard and Shon Hopwood, and Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman. According to her lawyer Shawn Holley, the warden supported her release.

Johnson’s was one of the 16,776 petitions filed in the Obama administration’s 2014 clemency project. In 2016, she wrote an op-ed for CNN asking for forgiveness and a second chance. Her application was denied just before Obama left office. In 2018, Kim Kardashian and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner sought to persuade Trump to grant clemency to Johnson. In late May 2018, Kardashian met with the President in the Oval Office to urge him to pardon Johnson.[19] On June 6, 2018, following Kardashian’s appeal, Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence, and Johnson was released. The commutation was one of a series of acts of clemency made by Trump in a “few high-profile cases brought to him by associates and allies.”

The Democrats’ dilemma is explaining how their standard-bearer and his running mate showed enthusiasm for putting drug dealers in prison without being part of the problem. I’d love hearing VP Biden explain why he didn’t lift a finger to get Ms. Johnson released from prison. Further, I’d love hearing him explain his justification for accusing President Trump for being a racist. He’s used Charlottesville as ‘proof’ that President Trump is a racist. I triple-dog dare VP Biden to find the racism in this full video:

Good luck with that. There isn’t any proof of racism. There’s just a baseless accusation of racism and Biden’s twisting of words. As people find out more about the Biden-Harris ticket, the Democrats will find themselves incapable of competing effectively with the Trump team.

The Democrats’ convention is over. The laser-focused attacks against him aren’t front-and-center anymore. Finally, the Democrats’ ticket is seriously undertalented compared with Trump’s accomplishments. In terms of popular vote, I don’t know what the margin will be. In terms of the electoral votes, I’m thinking that President Trump will get more for reelection than he got in 2016.

Joe Biden made it official just moments ago. Biden picked Kamala Harris as his running mate. According to Axios, “Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, the first Black woman to be named to a major-party U.S. presidential ticket, and potentially the first woman vice president if Biden defeats President Trump.”

The question now turns to whether the Harris pick will help the Biden-Harris ticket with African-American voters or if it’ll hurt the ticket. This Vox article, first published on Jan. 23, 2019, was updated today to reflect Biden’s picking of Sen. Harris as his running mate. The original article, though, was about Harris’s record as California’s Attorney General. According to the article, “A close examination of Harris’s record shows it’s filled with contradictions. She pushed for programs that helped people find jobs instead of putting them in prison, but also fought to keep people in prison even after they were proved innocent. She refused to pursue the death penalty against a man who killed a police officer, but also defended California’s death penalty system in court. She implemented training programs to address police officers’ racial biases, but also resisted calls to get her office to investigate certain police shootings.”

This is a major issue within the Democratic Party. It’s a major problem with this ticket. Biden was the chief author of the 1994 Crime Bill. Then-State Attorney Gen. Harris was ordered by a judge to release prisoners who were determined by the courts to have been not guilty of the crime they were convicted of.

Opposite the Biden-Harris ticket is the Trump-Pence ticket. Trump-Pence passed the First Step Act, the first bill to correct the mistakes made in the Biden 1994 Crime Bill. Check out Alice Marie Johnson’s reaction to the signing of that bill:

The biggest speculation before today’s announcement was that Biden’s running mate would shoulder the load of doing the majority of interviews. That sounds nice but it isn’t related to the truth. People want to size up the presidential candidates. Further, whatever Sen. Harris says during confrontational interviews will reflect back on the entire ticket.

If she goes as radical as the activists want, she’ll hurt the ticket with moderates. If she isn’t willing to go hardline for the activists, the activists won’t turn out to vote. Honestly, the race just got more entertaining for me. I’m popping the popcorn and opening a beer. All Y’all are invited to my home to watch this unfold.