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“Will the Real Kamala Harris Please Stand Up?” is the title of this RedState article. The article then opens by saying “This evening, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will meet Vice President Mike Pence on the debate stage for the one and only vice presidential debate of the 2020 campaign. So, which Kamala Harris should we expect to show up tonight, the far-Left liberal or the so-called moderate?”

The simple answer is that we should expect to see both versions tonight. Like Joe Biden, Sen. Harris is whoever she needs to be in front of whichever audience she’s talking to. The reason why she hasn’t taken many questions is because taking a position on issues means that she’d piss off either AOC or Establishment Democrats. It’s like playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun. There’s no winning in situations like that.

I suspect that she’ll be on the defensive most of tonight. Here’s why I expect that:

To date, Harris has been on the leading edge of the socialist makeover of the Democratic Party. She has co-sponsored several socialistic proposals, including the Green New Deal and Sanders’ Medicare for All bill.

According to Harris, “Climate change is an existential threat—it’s critical we act now to achieve a cleaner, safer, and healthier future. But it is not enough to simply cut emissions and end our reliance on fossil fuels. … We need a Green New Deal based in climate and environmental justice, which means building a clean economy that protects communities that have been neglected by policymakers for far too long. I’m proud to work with Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez on this comprehensive proposal, and I’m hopeful that it brings a Green New Deal closer to reality.”

On Medicare for All, Harris is all-in, too. “In America, health care should be a right, not a privilege only for those who can afford it. It’s why we need Medicare for All …We need comprehensive health insurance that covers every American,” said Harris.

Watching this video is fun — if you’re a Republican:

With any luck, we’ll see all the different Harris faces tonight.

This morning, President Trump took to Twitter to taunt Nancy Pelosi into doing the right thing for the American people. President Trump tweeted “The House and Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support and 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!”

Pelosi is now in a can’t win situation. That’s why President Trump is considered a master negotiator. When he cut off negotiations on a COVID relief package, analysts of all political stripes said that he’d handed Democrats a political victory. Obviously, President Trump had this quartet of aces up his sleeve when he ordered Secretary Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Meadows to suspend negotiations.

That announcement yesterday sent stocks tumbling, with the DJIA finishing off 375.88. With this new plan, the DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) is currently up 424.79, gaining back everything from yesterday, then jumping above the 28,000 mark.

Less than 30 minutes later, President Trump tweeted this:

Meanwhile, Democrats continue insulting President Trump:

This is behavior unbecoming of the Speaker’s office:

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in a call with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday, floated the question of whether the steroids President Trump is taking to treat his case of the coronavirus led to his decision to endorse parts of a coronavirus stimulus deal just hours after telling his negotiators to walk away from talks.

“Believe me, there are people … who think that steroids have an impact on your thinking. So, I don’t know,” Pelosi said on a call with Democrats after Trump’s Tuesday night tweets, according to two sources.

What’s happening is that Pelosi has found herself boxed in again. Because she’s boxed in, she’s upset. If she doesn’t pass these standalone relief bills, she’s the villain to the airline industry, to people everywhere waiting for stimulus checks and to small businesses. That’s a disaster for Democrats up for re-election. It would likely hurt Joe Biden, too. If Biden doesn’t support President Trump’s plan and doesn’t offer a plan of his own, then he’s on the hot seat, too. More immediately, this becomes the hot topic for tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate.

Now that we’ve distanced ourselves a little from Tuesday night’s food fight, it’s easy to detect Joe Biden’s radical agenda. To do this, think of what Biden didn’t talk about. Atop Joe Biden’s radical agenda is his priority to pack the Supreme Court. This isn’t speculation anymore. Both Biden and running mate Kamala Harris refuse to talk about whether they’d abolish the legislative filibuster or whether they’d sign legislation expanding the court.

Tuesday night, Biden unintentionally admitted that he’s planning on expanding the US Supreme Court, saying “Whatever position I take, that’ll become the issue. The issue is the American people should speak. You should go out and vote.”

Biden knows that debates were designed to help inform voters about the candidates’ policy positions. By intentionally not telling people what his position is on this super-important issue, Joe Biden told the American people to drop dead, that they don’t have a right to know what he’d do if elected. What’s disturbing is that Kamala Harris stuck to essentially the same script:

Biden-Harris want our votes for the highest office in the nation but they don’t want to tell us whether they’d fundamentally and permanently transform the US into a European oligarchy. If you think that’s hyperbole, it isn’t. With unified Democrat government, the Biden-Harris administration would sign into law the dismantling of the legislative filibuster. After passing that, they’d quickly grant statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. That would give Democrats 4 additional senators and 6 additional electoral votes.

America-loving voters of all political parties must vote Republican if they want to stop this tyrannical agenda. Bill Clinton’s Democrat Party is gone. The leaders of this Democrat Party hate America. That’s why President Trump got rid of the critical race theory training.

Nick Arama’s article highlighted just how fast President Trump was last night. While it’s easy to see last night’s debate as a food-fight, the truth is that President Trump was the substantive winner. Another thing that’s obvious is that Joe Biden will pack the court in a New York minute, along with granting statehood to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

One of the funniest lines of the night came when moderator Chris Wallace said “President Trump, you’re holding large rallies… Vice President Biden, you are holding much smaller events.” Even Wallace laughed when President Trump said “Because nobody will show up. It’s true. Nobody shows up to his rallies.”

Joe knew the attacks on Hunter were coming. Everyone expected that. Still, Joe didn’t have an effective reply:

This won’t help Biden, either:

Joe’s own words: “That’s why I’m going to eliminate the Trump tax cuts.” The “Trump tax cuts” include middle class tax cuts. They didn’t just cut taxes for corporations and capital gains. I’m not certain that Biden understands what he said. Still, this was the most devastating moment of the night for Biden:

Law enforcement unions have totally deserted the Biden-Harris ticket. Totally. This refutes something that Biden said:

Biden attempted to say that he didn’t support AOC’s Green New Deal. That tweet says otherwise.

This morning on America’s Newsroom, Ari Fleischer was asked what advice he’d give to both candidates. Fleischer said he was surprised to find out that the Biden campaign had requested 2 breaks during the debate, adding that he found that disturbing. (If a candidate can’t handle standing on his feet for 90 minutes, why should people think he’s physically fit enough for the job?)

As for Ari’s advice for President Trump, it was 3 words and 6 specifics. The 3 words were “Smoke Biden out.” I won’t remember the six suggestions but I remember a few of them, starting with President Trump saying “I will veto any bill that packs the Court. Would you do the same, Joe?” Next, Fleischer suggested “I oppose defunding the cops. Will you commit to the same?” Third, Trump should say “I oppose giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens. Do you?” Fourth, Trump should say “I oppose sanctuary cities. Do you?” Fifth, Trump should say “Hillary proposed $2,000,000,000,000 in tax hikes. I was opposed to that. You want to raise taxes by twice that amount. Why?” Finally, Trump should say that he’s for energy independence and fracking, then ask Biden “Are you?”

Thus far, Biden hasn’t answered sensitive questions. He’s put together a coalition of polar opposites. The AOC wing opposes fracking but supports sanctuary cities and open borders. Open borders don’t play well in the battleground states. Neither does the green agenda, especially in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Monday night on Sean Hannity’s program, former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer gave President Trump the best advice I’ve heard yet for tonight’s debate. Fleischer said “most important thing to me, Sean, is ‘smoke him out. That’s Donald Trump’s job. Force Joe Biden to state his positions on these great controversies where Joe Biden doesn’t want to take a stand — packing the Supreme Court, abolishing the Electoral College, how far left is he?”

My advice to President Trump is to simply tell people how he’s improved their lives. The fastest path to that is by asking whether minorities are better off now that President Trump signed the First Step Act. Ask people if the Trump/GOP tax cuts left them with more money for vacations, saving for retirement or their kids’ educations, or whether it helped them expand their small businesses. Then remind them that House and Senate Democrats voted unanimously against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Then remind people that Joe Biden said he wants to totally repeal the Trump tax cuts:

That’s Biden’s own words. Force him to own those words. Next, force Biden to own this statement:

At that point, President Trump should ask Biden if he’ll ‘stand with AOC or if he’ll stand with blue collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. If Biden says that this is a distraction from Trump’s handling of COVID, President Trump should say that it isn’t a distraction to hundreds of thousands of blue collar workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania. To them, it’s a matter of life-and-death.

Biden’s Democrat Party is actually 2 parties. One part of the party identifies with blue collar workers. The other part of the party is socialists. They fit together like oil and water.

Frank Miele’s article should be today’s must-reading. It details how the Biden family, not just Joe and Hunter, enriched themselves while Joe was VP. These paragraphs are especially damning:

Perhaps even more insidious was the decision by the editors to push the most significant news in the report to the bottom of the Post’s story. That is the lucrative relationship that Hunter Biden established in 2017 with a Chinese oil tycoon named Ye Jianming. Biden was apparently paid $1 million to represent Ye’s assistant while he was facing bribery charges in the United States.

Even more disturbing, “In August 2017, a subsidiary of Ye’s company wired $5 million into the bank account of a U.S. company called Hudson West III, which over the next 13 months sent $4.79 million marked as consulting fees to Hunter Biden’s firm, the report said. Over the same period, Hunter Biden’s firm wired some $1.4 million to a firm associated with his uncle and aunt, James and Sara Biden, according to the report.”

Then, in late 2017, “Hunter Biden and a financier associated with Ye also opened a line of credit for Hudson West III that authorized credit cards for Hunter Biden, James Biden and Sara Biden, according to the report, which says the Bidens used the credit cards to purchase more than $100,000 worth of items, including airline tickets and purchases at hotels and restaurants.”

If that isn’t illegal, then it’s, at minimum, extremely swampy. These aren’t allegations, either. The committees have documentation from the State Department and the Treasury Department. These documents were classified but now they’ve been declassified after they’ve been reviewed.

The money trail is getting easier to follow, thanks to the hard work of Sen. Ron Johnson and the persistent reporting of Maria Bartiromo:

Unlike the MSM, Ms. Bartiromo isn’t willing to look the other way. She’s a real reporter. With her understanding of international finance and her understanding of financial corruption, she’s Joe Biden’s worst nightmare. The MSM will attempt to sweep this scandal under the rug but it isn’t going away. Ms. Bartiromo has a large platform and President Trump’s undivided attention.

Liz Peek’s article highlights Joe Biden’s substantive difficulties, especially with his proposed tax increases. In the article, Peek writes “The left-leaning Tax Policy Center estimates that Biden’s proposed tax hikes will mean a loss of income for all Americans, including those in the lowest-earning groups, since higher corporate taxes lead to lower wages. The TPC estimates that ‘For low- and middle-income households, the reduction in wages and investment income would, on average, more than offset the effects of Biden’s new tax credits’. Is that a desirable outcome?”

Economics has never been Biden’s strong suit. Forcing him to answer multiple questions about his tax plan might expose Biden’s weakness to suburban voters. Suburban voters have experienced wage increases during the pre-pandemic Trump economy. Will they vote for a candidate who’s promising tax hikes?

Another topic that’s scheduled to be talked about is “race and violence in our cities.” Here’s another paragraph from Peek’s article:

For instance, a recent poll showed that 68% of Black families are in favor of school choice. Campaigning in February, Biden claimed not to be a “fan” of charter schools. His unity task force platform reiterates Democrats’ opposition to “private school vouchers and other?policies that divert taxpayer-funded resources away from the public school system.”

President Trump is pushing hard for expanding school choice. How much of an effect will that topic have on minority voters? This is what he said Friday in Virginia:

There’s little doubt that Biden will criticize him for being a liar. If/when that happens, President Trump’s sharpest reply would be to highlight his signing the First Step Act into law, then asking Biden why he and Barack didn’t get that done. That would highlight Biden’s do-nothing DC career, which made him the perfect VP.

Last night on FNC, Juan Williams and Dana Perino were guests on the Democracy 2020 special hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. One of the topics that the hosts brought up was the expectations game. Frankly, the segment was a waste of time for information-oriented people looking for pertinent information. That segment was more of a ‘shiny object’ segment than informational segment.

Let’s ignore the made-for-TV subjects and think about what’s important. Instead of watching for who met or exceeded expectations Tuesday night, I’ll pay attention for whether Joe Biden’s answers get less coherent during the final half of the debate. Also, I’ll pay attention to whether Biden loses his temper when President Trump brings up the Hunter Biden scandal. Will Biden actually defend Hunter or will he insinuate that this is just another Trump attempt to distract attention away from COVID?

What’s most important to me is whether President Trump compares his lengthy list of economic and foreign policy successes to Joe Biden’s list of hurting African-American families through the 1994 Crime Bill or by not getting the First Step Act passed to help African-Americans. I’ll watch to see if President Trump is able to highlight the Platinum Plan.

If President Trump gets to highlight the Platinum Plan, that will be a major breakthrough for his campaign because a) Biden doesn’t have a plan to lift black families out of poverty or b) start minority-owned businesses. The Platinum Plan also offers school choice to black families.

Since President Trump just introduced the Platinum Plan this past Friday, the debate would be the perfect time to let the entire nation know about it. Biden is certain to criticize President Trump as a racist. If/when that happens, President Trump’s best rejoinder would be to rattle off the main selling points of the plan:

  1. increase access to capital
  2. fuel Black owned businesses
  3. cut taxes
  4. increase education opportunities (aka school choice)
  5. lower the cost of healthcare
  6. further criminal justice reform
  7. make Juneteenth a National Holiday
  8. prosecute the KKK and ANTIFA as terrorist organizations
  9. make lynching a national hate crime.

I’m betting Biden isn’t prepared to reply to those specifics. If Biden accuses President Trump of being a racist, President Trump should then ask Biden what his plan for improving African-Americans’ lives is, then ask him why he didn’t enact it during his first 40 years in politics. That would likely stop Biden dead in his tracks.

Yesterday, Joe Biden had difficulty reading a prepared speech off a teleprompter:

What was Biden trying to say? I literally can’t decipher him. When he squints, it’s when he couldn’t read off the teleprompter. That was bad. This is frightening:

“Covid has taken this year, just since the outbreak, has taken more than 100 years, look, here’s, the lives, it’s just, it’s ju-, I mean, you think about it.”

If Biden went to Kenosha, he’d have to answer unscripted questions. That’s the Democrats’ worst nightmare:

His staffers got him out of that Pittsburgh setting fast so he didn’t have to answer questions. How could he handle the responsibilities of being president? I don’t think he could.