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PHILADEPLHIA, PA – In case any of you are straddling the fence on whether or not the media is protecting Joe Biden, and the recent events with Twitter and Facebook shutting down the New York Post piece exposing the reality behind Joe and Hunter Biden and the Ukraine, Burisma and China corruption saga wasn’t enough (even Wikipedia blocked it and called it unreliable), then maybe this will push you over the edge.
At Thursday’s town hall meeting with Joe Biden, broadcast on ABC, audience members were allowed to ask the former vice president questions.
However, neither ABC, anchor George Stephanopoulos, nor Joe Biden acknowledged two particular audience members who, it turns out, were not your average citizens seeking knowledge about the candidate.
Neither did the audience members identify themselves, even though they had opportunity to do so when asking questions.
One was a speechwriter in the Obama/Biden administration.
The other is the wife of a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat, who ran against the state Senate Republican majority leader in 2018.
Hey @abc, how on earth could this happen?!
Biden's ABC town hall questioners include former Obama speechwriter, wife of former Pennsylvania Dem candidatehttps://t.co/2ou2A2IRtk
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 16, 2020
Ric Grenell, the nation’s first openly gay presidential Cabinet member, called out ABC via Twitter.
“Hey @abc, how on earth could this happen?! Biden’s ABC town hall questioners include former Obama speechwriter, wife of former Pennsylvania Dem candidate.”
Ironically, both people Grenell was referencing asked questions about Biden’s approach to matters surrounding the LGBTQ community.
Grenell went on record this week calling President Trump the “best President the gay and lesbian community has ever had.”
To be fair, Nathan Osburn, the speechwriter who asked Biden questions, was not a speechwriter for Barack Obama or Biden themselves. Rather, he worked for the Small Business Administration and the Commerce Department’s Office of Public Affairs.
“During the town hall, he asked Biden about court packing, citing ideas from former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and ‘others’ on putting in place ‘safeguards that will help ensure more long-term balance and stability.’
“‘And what do you say to LGBTQ Americans and others who are very worried right now about erosions of their rights and our democracy as a whole?’ he asked.”
Biden, of course, dodged answering the Supreme Court-packing question directly. When pressed by the moderator, he gave his typical answer, basing it on whether or not Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed.
“Don’t the voters have a right to know where you stand?”
“They do have a right to know where I stand, and they will have a right to know before they vote.”
“So, you’ll come out with a clear position before election day?”
“Yes, depending on how they handle this.”
Translation: In other words, if the nominee is not confirmed, then we have no need to pack the court. If she is, then we lose power and we must then pack the court.
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Biden also took a question from Mieke Haeck, the wife of a Democratic politician. She said that she is the proud mother of two girls, ages eight and 10.
The problem with this statement is that her eight-year-old is actually her son. But she and her husband are raising the child to believe he is a girl.
Asked by a mother of a transgender child about what he will do to protect LGBTQ rights, former VP Biden says: "I will flat out just change the law." https://t.co/JEyTOkB6qk #BidenTownHall pic.twitter.com/fxg7AhKwHG
— ABC News (@ABC) October 16, 2020
Haeck preceded her question with this statement:
“My youngest daughter is transgender. The Trump administration has attacked the rights of transgender people, banning them from military service, weakening nondiscrimination protections, and even removing the word ‘transgender’ from some government websites.”
Haeck then asked:
“How will you as president reverse this dangerous and discriminatory agenda and ensure that the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected under U.S. law?”
Biden responded simply:
“I will just flat out change the law. Eliminate those executive orders, number one.”
Biden then stumbled through the second half of his response to Haeck:
“The idea that an eight-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides you know, ‘I decided I want to be transgender. That’s what I think I’d like to be. It’d make my life a lot easier.'”
Did Joe Biden, Democratic candidate for president, just say that being transgendered is a decision that one makes? An eight-year old child in this case? Sure sounded like it.
Watch the video. The mother stands and nods as he says it. No one on the left has called out Joe Biden for saying it is a choice.
But earlier this week, Amy Coney Barrett was quickly called on the carpet by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats for using the phrase “sexual preference,” meaning choice, in describing the LGBTQ community.
Senator Mazie Hirono rebuked the legal scholar with:
“Let me make clear, ‘sexual preference’ is an offensive and outdated term. It is used by the anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not. Sexual orientation is a key part of a person’s identity . . .
“So if it is your view that sexual orientation is merely a ‘preference,’ as you noted, then the LGBTQ community should be rightly concerned whether you will uphold their constitutional right to marry.”
Yet, not a word from anyone on the left over Biden’s statement.
Maybe, it has something to do with everyone on the left doing whatever they can to protect him.
This most recent town hall is not the first time audience members have proven to be controversial.
A CNN town hall earlier this month in Miami pitted Biden against “undecided voters.”
As it turns out, there were several in the crowd who were more than decided, but chose to play the game anyway.
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
“Lawyer Peter Gonzalez and marketing executive Ismael Llano posed questions to Biden during a town hall on Monday, when he appeared before what the network described as an ‘audience of undecided Florida voters.’
“Both Gonzalez and Llano, however, were featured in an MSNBC segment in August to explain why they support Biden. ‘If we get four more years of Trump, good luck, and good luck with the future attracting younger voters,’ Gonzalez said as an MSNBC chyron noted he was ‘voting for Biden.’
“Llano was also identified as ‘voting for Biden’ and offered praise for the former vice president.”
It is hard to imagine a world where two random citizens just happened to be interviewed by one news outlet, then magically wind up at a town hall with limited admission due to social distancing and getting selected to ask softball questions.
It leads us back to the original question.
Are you still straddling the fence as to whether the media is protecting Biden?
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