Joe Biden thinks that wearing a mask “projects leadership.” That’s what he told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview right after Memorial Day. Later, Biden said “The truth of the matter is that I think you’re supposed to lead by example, and one of the things our governor has said he wants to keep social distancing, stay at home has been the order, until June 1 of this year. And so I think it’s important that – look, 100,000 deaths and at least 35,000 to 50,000 were avoidable, but for lack of attention and ego, I think. And just – so – and you know me, I’m usually the last one to leave an event, I like interacting with people. But, I hope to be able to do more, but we’re going to do it by the numbers, because I think it’s important because this is not over.”

Wearing a mask in the situations President Trump found himself in — outside, in bright sunlight and with family — are situations that don’t require a mask, especially outside in bright sunlight. COVID doesn’t last long in that situation. A potent argument can be made that using the right precautions in the right situations is leadership.

Be that as it may, President Trump showed leadership on January 31 when he stopped flights with China. What did Joe do? Check it out:

Later, Biden admitted that stopping those flights were the right thing to do. Leadership comes from getting the big decisions right the first time. Had Biden been president, he would’ve let untold numbers of COVID-infected people into the United States, spreading the contagion across the nation. That would’ve created a crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen since 1918.

President Trump brought together captains of industry in the Rose Garden to put together a response to testing. CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and other companies brainstormed ideas to make testing super-accessible and free. Joe Biden wouldn’t have had a clue who to bring together. President Trump told Peter Navarro to get ventilators built ASAP. Here’s what happened:

“In under 11 days, General Motors sourced materials, converted a manufacturing facility and trained a workforce to build lifesaving ventilators in Kokomo, IN.” Saving lives by manufacturing ventilators in record time is bigtime leadership that Joe Biden couldn’t make happen if Americans’ lives depended on it. Wearing a goofy-looking mask when he’s already social distanced is preening for the cameras. It isn’t leadership.

President Trump has his faults but they’re nothing like Biden’s. Biden provided ‘leadership’ on the 1994 crime bill that started mass incarcerations. President Trump provided leadership by fixing Biden’s mess:

Tearing families apart isn’t leadership. Reuniting families requires leadership.

Judge Michael McHaney criticized Illinois Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker in his ruling. In fact, Judge McHaney’s ruling was more of a blistering than a ruling. In his blistering/ruling, Judge McHaney opened by saying “Since the inception of this insanity, the following regulations, rules or consequences have occurred: I won’t get COVID if I get an abortion but I will get COVID if I get a colonoscopy.”

Judge McHaney’s ruling stings Gov. Pritzker after that by saying “Selling pot is essential but selling goods and services at a family- owned business is not. Pot wasn’t even legal and pot dispensaries didn’t even exist in this state until five months ago and, in that five months, they have become essential but a family-owned business in existence for five generations is not. A family of six can pile in their car and drive to Carlyle Lake without contracting COVID but, if they all get in the same boat, they will.”

Later in the ruling, Judge McHaney unleashes his harshest criticism:

The defendant in this case orders you to stay home and pronounces that, if you leave the state, you are putting people in danger, but his family members traveled to Florida and Wisconsin because he deems such travel essential. One initial rationale why the rules don’t apply to him is that his family farm had animals that needed fed. Try selling that argument to farmers who have had to slaughter their herds because of disruption in the supply chain.

Then there’s this:

Make no mistake, these executive orders are not laws. They are royal decrees. Illinois citizens are not being governed, they are being ruled. The last time I checked Illinois citizens are also Americans and Americans don’t get ruled.

Pritzker employed the Democrats’ time-tested tactic of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do. His family lived in Florida virtually all winter while Ron DeSantis managed things properly. Pritzker got them out of Illinois while he mismanaged the COVID crisis.

Read Judge McHaney’s short ruling. It’s well worth the time spent.

Midwest Joe Biden and Blue Collar Joe Biden are quickly disappearing. In his latest idiot move, Joe Biden announced that he’ll “overturn President Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.” While that doesn’t end Biden’s shot at winning Pennsylvania, it’s like to drive down enthusiasm for him in Rust Belt states.

Energy issues are major issues in the Rust Belt. Energy drives manufacturing and manufacturing drives Pennsylvania and Ohio. Salena Zito explains in this article the importance of the phrase Made In America:

On Tuesday, Trump held a Cabinet meeting to discuss measures to cut red tape so that companies could begin either expanding or starting businesses that will begin making more products here a reality and not just a campaign slogan. “The pandemic has shown, once again, the vital importance of economic independence and bringing supply chains back from China and other countries. I probably got elected, one of the primary reasons was that. ‘Make America Great Again,’ ‘America First’, call it whatever you want,” he said.

Nothing says ‘let’s rely on foreign oil’ like shutting down a major pipeline. That’s the equivalent of telling China, Iran and Russia that the Biden administration wants to be held hostage by those tyrant nations. Nothing says negotiating from a position of weakness like cutting manufacturing jobs in your nation.

AOC environmentalism is the pathway to capitulation to the Chinese, Russians and Iran. President Obama once said that “you can’t drill your way to cheaper gas prices.” The past 3 years, President Trump proved him wrong. During this 2012 speech in New Hampshire, President Obama said that “your bull detector is pretty sharp. You know that we can’t just drill our way to cheaper gas prices.”

Actually, my BS detector is pretty sharp and I know that what President Obama said is pure BS. Biden comes from the same socialist school that couldn’t explain the concept of supply vs. demand if his life depended on it. That’s why it isn’t surprising that VP Biden appointed 2 socialists to his climate change advisory board.

Democrats insist that Biden is a moderate. That depends on how you define moderation. If moderation is defined by comparing him to loons like Stacey Abrams, Bernie Sanders or AOC, then Biden is a moderate. If moderation is defined by whether he accepts time-tested capitalist principles that’ve created wealth, then VP Biden isn’t a moderate.

I’d argue that Biden hid his immoderation by trafficking in gaffes and plagiarism. Finally, I’d argue that President Trump has done more to improve the lives of the African-American community than Biden. Biden created the mass incarceration mess with the 1994 crime bill. President Trump fixed that mess when he signed the First Step Act into law. Biden criticizes capitalism for income inequality. The Trump economy had closed the gap on income inequality, often through cheaper energy prices.

Frankly, if President Trump opens both barrels on accomplishments against Biden, the American people will have an easy decision. That doesn’t mean it won’t be a tight race. It just means the decision will be easy for independents.

If anyone wondered whether Democrats would sink into the mud this presidential election, that question has been answered. Consider this article to be the first proof that Democrats plan on running a scorched earth campaign.

It starts by saying “Tim O’Brien, a former campaign aide for Mike Bloomberg and a Bloomberg opinion writer, is coming under fire for posting side-by-side photos of Joe Biden at a war memorial on Memorial Day and a photo of President Trump golfing on a different day with the caption, ‘Different approaches to Memorial Day.'” What a total cheapshot by Mr. O’Brien. That’s how you start a scorched earth campaign.

Democrats are starting things off with a flourish of diatribes. If Democrats, starting with O’Brien, think that this will fire up Biden’s base, they’d better consider the likelihood that O’Brien’s lie will fire up President Trump’s supporters more. President Trump’s supporters have shown that they’re fired up.

The special elections 2 weeks ago in Wisconsin and California were the first signal that Trump’s Troops were fired up. The city council meetings in Virginia were the next signal that Trump’s Troops are fired up. The Democrats’ scorched earth campaign won’t help with independent voters. Then again, keeping states locked down won’t help Democrats either.

President Trump didn’t disrespect our fallen heroes. Democrats did that by suggesting that President Trump didn’t attend the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies. In fact, President Trump’s time in office is littered with how he’s honored the military. He’s helped get vets the medical care they’ve earned. He’s rebuilt the military, too. He’s negotiated with our enemies to prevent wars.

Democrats seem intent on throwing mud at President Trump because they can’t compete with President Trump’s accomplishments. Now they’re afraid that President Trump’s policies will restart the great Trump economy of the first 3 years. This isn’t surprising. That’s what desperate people do.

The Biden campaign hasn’t gotten tested much thus far. It’s beginning to show. Between the podcasts from hell to the interview from hell, it’s clear that Sleepy Joe will need tons of help between now and Election Day. Forget about the national polls showing Biden leading Trump. Forget about the battleground polls that show Biden ahead. They aren’t junk polls but they aren’t predictive, either.

This article frightens the Biden campaign. That’s because of this information:

A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 81 percent of African-Americans support Biden. If that seems high, remember that Clinton won 88 percent of the black vote in 2016 and lost the election. African-American turnout was also down in 2016. In other words, Biden must turn out more black voters than did Hillary and win a larger percentage of their votes. Biden can’t win with 81 percent of a tepid African-American turnout, and his campaign knows it.

This is why the enthusiasm gap matters. In this instance, if President Trump gets 1 in 5 African-American voters and turnout is mediocre, that’ll turn into a Trump trounce of Biden. Whether Trump can pull that off remains to be seen. If Trump increases his percentage of the African-American vote from 8% in 2016 to 12% in 2020, then Trump gets re-elected easily.

Sunday morning, Charlamagne was asked on MSNBC if he believed that this was the Democratic attitude:

I know that’s the attitude. That’s why I don’t even care about the words and the lip service.… It has to come to the point where we stop putting the burden on black voters to show up for Democrats and start putting the burden on Democrats to show up for black voters.… They have to worry about voter depression, people staying home on Election Day because they just aren’t enthused by the candidate.… You can’t act like this is the most important election ever but run a campaign from your basement, not make some real policy commitments to the black community, and not listen to some of the demands that the black community is making.

Charlamagne doesn’t speak for the entire African-American community but he’s listened to by a big portion of the African-American community. At this point, Biden is light years away from locking down their enthusiastic support.

The Biden campaign isn’t ready for the African-American community making demands in exchange for their votes. Biden didn’t hide the fact that he thought his past record was sufficient. Charlamagne’s attitude was kinda a version of ‘what have you done for me lately?’ That isn’t what the Biden campaign is prepared for.

Despite DFL Gov. Tim Walz’s total failure during the COVID-19 crisis, his approval has increased. While that’s disappointing, it’s understandable. Because the Twin Cities media hasn’t asked Gov. Walz a single hard-hitting question, much less a difficult follow-up question, all Gov. Walz has to do is not totally disintegrate to have his approval improve.

To the Twin Cities media, it isn’t relevant that hundreds of lives have needlessly been lost in long-term care facilities. The Minnesota Department of Health, aka MDH, can be utterly incompetent but that apparently doesn’t impact Gov. Walz’s approval rating, either. Who cares that 500,000 Minnesotans have lost their jobs as a direct result of Gov. Walz’s tight-fisted lockdown order? After all, they’re just jobs. It isn’t like they’re important to people.

Gov. Walz is still letting COVID patients into nursing homes. That’s led to a high percentage of COVID-related deaths coming from long-term care (LTC) facilities. Unfortunately, that’s the only category Minnesota leads in.

Minnesota’s economy is tattered. The percentage of COVID-related deaths in LTC facilities is the highest in the nation. Gov. Walz’s orders have been supported by the DFL. Most importantly, those policies haven’t worked. Some policies have been reversed just days after implementation. Bankruptcies are increasing rapidly. Life savings have gotten lost. Family businesses have gotten shut down.

What part of that sounds like something worthy of a 65% approval rating? It sounds more worthy of a 35% approval rating. Gov. Walz is a failure from a medical and financial standpoint. He’s especially failed from a constitutional standpoint. Initially, Gov. Walz “had said churches would have to wait before reopening for large, in-person services until subsequent phases in his reopening process, but gave no date for when that would happen.” This past Saturday, he changed his mind. Perhaps this is why:

A U.S. District Court judge in Minnesota will conduct a hearing Tuesday about a temporary restraining order on behalf of Minnesota churches to suspend enforcement of Minnesota’s Stay Safe MN order as it relates to religious services. The telephone hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday. It will address the Governor’s current phase of the Stay Safe MN order, which restricts church services to 10 people or fewer.

Check out this headline:

Gov. Tim Walz to let Minnesota churches open at 25% occupancy

This is why the Twin Cities media constantly doesn’t understand the Constitution. Gov. Walz isn’t letting anything. He’s being forced into changing because that’s what the Constitution requires. When you have constitutionally illiterate idiots writing things like that, it isn’t surprising that Gov. Walz isn’t getting asked difficult questions.

Equal application of the law is essential. Gov. Walz failed that test. I’m not surprised.

Perhaps, Joe Biden shouldn’t think that he’s got the Democrats’ base solidified. After reading this article, it’s clear that his base is split and likely unenthusiastic. By comparison, President Trump’s base is fired up and waiting instructions. Check this out:

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout “more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls,” according to Graham. More than 17,000 votes were cast in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats.

That’s in Virginia. If Biden loses Virginia but flips Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Trump still wins. That’s a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose situation.

Mrs. Whitsett praised the president at the White House after she recovered from COVID-19 after taking hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old treatment for malaria and lupus that Mr. Trump has touted as a prophylactic or treatment for coronavirus.

Last week, Michigan Democrats censured her:

As a result of her White House appearance, a Michigan Democratic organization censured her. Last week, Mrs. Whitsett filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and several other Democrats, claiming violations of free speech and defamation.

Mrs. Whitsett’s praise for President Trump represents the Democrats’ worst nightmare. She’s African-American, urban and willing to challenge her party elders in a swing state. If that doesn’t represent the Democrats’ nightmare trifecta, what does? If the Democrats want a future, they need someone this articulate, this sensible:

Unfortunately, Rep. Whitsett isn’t considered leftist enough. She’d likely be called Republican lite or something similar to that.

In Pennsylvania, county Democratic leaders rose up to castigate the party’s highest-ranking politician, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. They also slammed Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment effort against Mr. Trump. It is part of a “Democrats for Trump movement,” according to a Washington Post report, that is causing headaches for the party’s county and state leaders in the Keystone State.

I’ve been operating from the position that this election won’t be about right vs. left as much as it’ll be adults vs. children. Joe Biden has changed his positions more times than a chameleon changes colors. Why would blue collar Pennsylvania Democrats stick with Biden are he names AOC and Bernie Sanders to co-chair his climate change advisory panel? That’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

Justin Haskins’ article highlights Biden’s difficulties:

It’s a strategy that has been adopted by virtually every U.S. presidential candidate in modern history: During the primaries, candidates appeal to their base, but after capturing a party’s nomination, campaigns move to the political center to win over undecided voters.

But in this unconventional cycle, Joe Biden is being forced to throw conventional campaigning to the wind. Instead of positioning himself as a centrist, Biden is choosing to move further to the left than ever before to satisfy the demands of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his radical base of dissatisfied progressives and “Bernie bro” socialists who hate the Democratic Party establishment almost as much as they do free-market capitalism.

Biden is frightened by the prospect of a Bernie Bro rebellion. This means that the Obama coalition is dead. I can’t imagine socialism appealing to affluent suburban voters.

Further, it’s impossible for me to think that the Green New Deal will appeal to Blue Collar America. That’s like a pale of cold water on a hot fire. While it might not put the fire out, it’ll stop it from burning hot. This isn’t the way to unite Democrats. It’s a way to split it in two for a generation.

That’s a Democrat dilemma.

This article highlights the pickle that Joe Biden is in. If he picks Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar as his running mate, there’s a strong probability he’d lose the election. If you think that sounds a little hyperbolic, consider the pickle that Biden currently finds himself in.

Late this week, Biden went on the Breakfast Club, then dissed the African-American community by saying that “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, you ain’t black.” If you want to drive down minority turnout, that’s an effective way of doing it. Though Sheila Jackson-Lee defended him, Ms. Jackson-Lee didn’t have much company.

Apparently, people from the community have a problem with Sen. Klobuchar:

The Minnesota Democrat would “risk losing the very base the Democrats need to win,” said Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, according to Politico.

“It comes from her performance in the primary — her weakness in being able to motivate them,” BlackPAC executive director Adrianne Shropshire said. “The engagement and the enthusiasm of black voters is going to be a difference-maker in this election, and the concerns about her in this role stem from the degree to which she resonated or not with those core constituencies.”

Compare that message to what’s transpiring in this video:

It’s obvious that President Trump won’t win a majority of the African-American vote. He doesn’t have to. In Michigan, Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Democrat, sat down with President Trump, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and John James, a Republican African-American candidate for the US Senate, during a meeting in Detroit. During the meeting, Rep. Whitsett proposed an idea that caught President Trump’s attention when she said it’d be great to open an HBCU in Detroit.

President Trump just signed legislation providing additional funding for HBCUs so he thought that would be possible. He then suggested that Rep. Whitsett work with John James on that issue. Rep. Whitsett agreed to do that, adding that “John will get it done.”

BONUS QUESTION: Does that make Republican John James black enough in Biden’s opinion? Perhaps, only Biden’s leg hair stylist knows for sure.

The serious question facing Mr. Biden is whether he can sufficiently energize the African-American base to win this election. At this point, that’s a major question for his campaign. I’m not sure if they even know.

John James’ op-ed highlights how upset James is with Joe Biden’s disrespectful statement that “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, you ain’t black.” Biden’s statement was thoroughly disrespectful but that didn’t prevent Democrats from spinning the incident.

Sheila Jackson-Lee told Bret Baier that Joe Biden had said this offensive line in jest but that it didn’t turn out as funny as they’d hoped. There’s just one problem with that statement. Biden issued a statement an hour earlier that essentially apologized to black voters. As for Biden’s record vs. President Trump’s record towards African-Americans, Biden should tread lightly. Biden authored the 1994 crime bill, which led to the mass incarceration of African-Americans. Another part of that bill was the 3 strikes law, which also disproportionately hurt African-Americans. Finally, income inequality between communities of color and whites increased. That isn’t a record to be proud of.

By comparison, President Trump’s economic policies reduced the gap in incomes between African-Americans and whites. Trump’s policies also led to the lowest minority unemployment rates in our nation’s history. While those are significant accomplishments that’ve improved the lives of African-Americans, they aren’t the pinnacle of Trump accomplishments towards the African-American community.

This ad, featuring Alice Johnson, blows away all of Biden’s accomplishments:

To Vice President Biden, if you think that your record of mass incarcerations of African-Americans is a positive, especially compared with President Trump’s reversal of those evils, then your moral compass is worthless. Here’s something worth considering from John James’ op-ed:

Do leaders of the Democratic Party really think they “own” the black vote? Will anyone from the Democratic Party call out Joe Biden? Will my opponent in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, Sen. Gary Peters? After 30 years of rank-and-file partisanship as a career politician, I suspect he won’t.

This isn’t just a Joe Biden problem. It’s a white Democrat problem. This is important, too:

Biden’s views have been exposed and stand in stark contrast to President Trump, who visited Michigan Thursday and actually listened to the needs of black people from black people.

On his visit the president asked black community leaders what we need to deal with COVID-19, a disease that has unmasked long-standing inequities in black communities. I was there, joining in advocating for jobs and training to build up our black communities and the entire state of Michigan.

The biggest difference between President Trump and Joe Biden is that President Trump listens to people. Joe Biden doesn’t. Biden is an arrogant bastard. Shame on him.

In this post, I wrote about how Republicans won 2 special elections to fill empty congressional seats. Mike Garcia flipped the empty seat in California while Tom Tiffany held Sean Duffy’s seat in Wisconsin. This morning, I’m writing about something should scare the daylights out of Democrats. I’m writing about the city council races in Staunton, Virginia.

It isn’t just that Republicans swept the races. It’s the fashion in which they won that should frighten Democrats. According to the article, “The last Staunton election for all four members was in 2016 in which fewer than 7,000 votes were cast.” That was then. This is now:

More than 17,000 votes were cast in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats.

That’s just the start of it. This isn’t what people were expecting:

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout “more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls,” according to Graham.

DC Republicans are worried about a blue sweep this November. It’s undisputed that there will be some tough fights to maintain control of the Senate and take away Pelosi’s Speaker Gavel, though I’m not quite as worried about Joe Biden’s vice president running the nation. While the polls show one thing, the vote totals say another thing. The question I’d ask the DC GOP geniuses is this: does anyone think that Gov. Whitmer’s executive actions and Gov. Wolf’s corruption in Pennsylvania will cause GOP turnout to increase or increase by orders of magnitude?

Waves happen when people are upset, not when they’re happy. While it still remains to be seen how deep the frustration goes, it’s clear that the frustration is with the Democrat governors, not with President Trump. Truckers are rallying in front of the White House:

These protesters aren’t rallying in Gov. Whitmer’s favor:

This video is brief but powerful:

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these events aren’t working in the Democrats’ favor. These people aren’t mad as hell. They’re downright pissed and they aren’t taking it anymore. Whenever Democrats retake control, they overstep their mandate by orders of magnitude. It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east. This video is inspiring and infuriating:

Watch the entire thing. It’s worth it. PS- There weren’t any undecideds at that protest/rally. I don’t have as much data as I’d like but the trend is clearly in one direction. HINT: it isn’t pointing in the direction of a blue wave.