Joe Biden is a lie and a liar.
That opening sentence is meant to sting. More importantly, it is meant to shatter the happy caricature that the sitting US president is an antidote – in character, nature and temperament – to his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Biden tried to promote the big lie that he is the antithesis of Trump late last week in a speech that was billed as the opening salvo of his, until now, somnolent re-election campaign.
A cliché-ridden appraisal in The Guardian of Biden’s practised performance praised him for “taking the gloves off” in a “fired-up” evisceration of the likely Republican nominee for president come November.
“Biden tore into his predecessor Donald Trump as never before. He brimmed with anger, disdain and contempt,” a Guardian correspondent wrote approvingly. “If Biden was seeking to jolt his half-conscious 2024 re-election campaign into life, this may have done the trick.”
Rather than a “jolt” of urgency and authenticity, Biden’s halting, 33-minute soliloquy reflected his fraudulent core and mendacity and the blatant double standards that govern the establishment media’s coverage of two supposedly disparate candidates who, truth be told, are more alike than unlike.
When Trump “tears” into opponents with “anger, disdain, contempt” and signature vulgarity, he is routinely cast as the authoritarian villain, incoherent with animus and rage, who is motivated by one impulse above all: vengeance.
When Biden does the same – minus the profanity – he is applauded for dispensing with the obsolete straitjacket of decorum in a necessary burst of genuineness that “plenty” of fretting Democrats will welcome as an agreeable departure from the “grandfatherly figure predisposed to give people the benefit of the doubt”.
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