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Biden Got a Makeover—at the Jerk Store

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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by Aaron Flanigan
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With his poll numbers sinking ever-lower, Joe Biden seems to have adopted a puzzling new public persona that he seems confident will propel him to a second term in the Oval Office: being a jerk.

Four years ago, Biden’s campaign for the White House was defined in large part by appeals to his ostensibly upstanding character and ill-earned reputation for “decency.”

As a Washington Post headline put it, the theme of the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) could be boiled down to the assertion that Biden is “a decent guy.” A 2020 Vox op-ed, meanwhile, insisted the DNC’s “best argument” was that “Joe Biden, unlike Donald Trump, is a decent man.” During the convention, Michelle Obama praised Biden as “a profoundly decent man guided by faith.” And months before the 2020 presidential election, a Biden biography titled A Good & Decent Man hit the market.

But less than six months out from Election Day, Biden’s team and their media allies are no longer attempting to frame Biden as the decent, upstanding, and unifying figure they so vehemently insisted he was in 2020. Instead, Biden has turned to a bizarre insult comedy routine in which he regularly mocks, slanders, and hurls personal jabs at Donald Trump.

The effort seems to be an attempt to take a page out of Trump’s playbook in a desperate effort to beat him at his own game on the national stage. But in doing so, Biden fails to hit the mark and instead comes across as a mean-spirited, bitter partisan.

In the most recent example of Biden’s new mean streak, the president’s campaign released a video of him agreeing to two debates with Trump. In the clip, Biden, addressing Trump directly, says “I hear you’re free on Wednesdays” – an apparent dig at the former president’s ongoing trial in New York, which is not in session on Wednesdays. In a post on X, Biden taunted Trump again, saying he would “bring my plane” to the debate and that “I plan on keeping it another four years.”

In recent weeks, Biden has also mocked Trump based on misleading media reports that he allegedly briefly fell asleep during his New York criminal trial, calling him “Sleepy Don” (a clear reference to Trump’s principal nickname for Biden during the 2020 cycle, “Sleepy Joe”) at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in April. (Trump says he merely briefly closed his eyes.) Biden also described himself as “a grown man running against a six-year-old” and took a peculiar out-of-character shot at Trump’s hair color.

Biden’s abrupt and unexpected pivot toward insult comedy has been further enabled and encouraged by his campaign’s extraordinarily rude social media team, which regularly jeers at Trump for being stuck on trial and being forced to spend money on legal fees—a pattern that has further called into question the Biden administration’s involvement with the series of politically-motivated indictments against Trump.

The Biden campaign has also increasingly leaned into the so-called “Dark Brandon” meme, which features an image of Biden with red lasers shooting out of his eyes. The image was originally a right-wing effort to highlight Biden’s authoritarianism but has since been adopted by the left in an attempt to create a more energetic online alter ego for the president – apparently by embracing that meme’s basic premise.

The great irony in Biden’s recent public persona shift, of course, is that in reality, he has never been a figure who could be dependably characterized as “decent” or otherwise morally upstanding and was always something of a jerk. In fact, Biden’s political career has largely been defined by lies, corruption, and character flaws.

Throughout his time in politics, Biden has maliciously embellished details surrounding his wife’s death—which was tragically caused by a car accident—and slandered the driver of the other vehicle as a drunk driver (even though he was not drunk and likely not even at fault for the accident). Moreover, Biden has routinely plagiarized speeches, outlandishly lied about aspects of his personal life, and flagrantly fibbed about his policy positions.

To top it all off, Biden has a history of using his name and political power to enrich himself and his family. Investigations have revealed, among other corrupt maneuvers, that Biden received a $40,000 personal check from his family laundered through many other families that initially came from China, as well as a $200,000 check from his brother originating from a distressed company in which, according to the House Oversight Committee, “Joe Biden benefited from his family cashing in on the Biden name.”

Even the left-wing media has begun to take note of Biden’s personality makeover. “In 2020, Biden relied on that reputation for decency as he challenged Trump, who in contrast seemed to relish conflict and personal insult,” The Washington Post reported earlier this month. “Biden’s current strategy of taunting his rival, in a sense embracing Trump’s own tactics, risks undermining a carefully wrought image.”

For once, the Post’s political analysis gets it exactly right.

From the moment Donald Trump entered the political arena in 2015, his rivals—both Republican and Democrat—have desperately attempted to outflank him by imitating his distinctive brand of humor. During the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, for instance, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) infamously made the mistake of making fun of Trump’s hand size (and subtly attacking the size of other parts of Trump’s body).

“I guarantee you there’s no problem,” Trump memorably quipped back during a primary debate, in what some pundits considered to be the final nail in the coffin of Rubio’s 2016 campaign.

As Joe Biden continues to lag behind Trump in virtually every national and swing state poll, it should be no surprise that he is doing everything in his power to outmaneuver the 45th president on the campaign trail—including desperately trying to adopt Trump’s own iconic comedic persona. But recent political history suggests that any attempt to deviously mimic Trump’s trademark style of humor will fall flat—and more often than not, will yield nothing more than humiliation.

Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.

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Ray Doyle LFP, WA
Ray Doyle LFP, WA
21 days ago

Biden was always a jerk now he is a jerk owned by Soros, China, and the FBI

Jim
Jim
21 days ago

Best place for biden is either in jail or, in front of a firing squad for gross and very high treason. biden has damaged every one of we American, taxpaying citizens and he and the rest of his government criminal companions need to pay a very severe price for trying to destroy our Constitutional Republic. Don’t forget, we are a Republic, NOT a democracy.

Max
Max
21 days ago

What has changed? Absolutely nothing! He continues to act the same way since he entered politics. He has accomplished nothing other than being bought and paid for by foreign entities.

Moonpup
Moonpup
21 days ago

Biden also claims to be of whatever ethnicity the group he’s pandering to is.

Joe
Joe
21 days ago

Nothing new here, it’s the Biden crime family and its incompetent, corrupt administration. I saw a report on Real America’s Voice that the FBI was authorized to use deadly force during its Gestapo raid on Mara Lago. Imagine butthead Biden’s disappointment to learn DJT wasn’t home. The upcoming debates are rigged in bozo Joe’s favor, but I hope DJT can expose bozo’s failures and corruption.

Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page
21 days ago

How many times does anyone need to see his gaffe’s, lies, and plagiarisms, before they wake up and see him for what he really is… A willing puppet who only has the power that they allow him to have.

USMC7
USMC7
21 days ago

Joe Biden is the biggest POS in the history of the USA

John Bass
John Bass
21 days ago

How could we expect anything less from diaper Joe? The man is a sleaze bag that’s never done anything good for the country unless it personally benefited himself or his family.
My opinion is he’s no better than a Mafia boss. The only difference is Joey doesn’t have a problem selling out his country, where as I believe the Mafia has SOME principles and would probably not even think about sell out their country.

Avoter
Avoter
21 days ago

Biden didn’t get a makeover from the Jerk Store, he founded it.

GMA
GMA
21 days ago

Biden is useless to all of us.

Jackie
Jackie
21 days ago

Joe has always been a jerk!! He just gets to be more of a jerk every year!!! He has a politician for 50 years and has done nothing, nothing for his constituents, his country nor its citizens; he has been a waste – a waste of time and money!!

Melinda
Melinda
21 days ago

So what’s new? But it’s all laid out rather nicely here. Too bad democrats won’t read it (or believe it).

Rik
Rik
21 days ago

Lying Jackass Dementia Joe Biden is the “Best” WORST PRESIDENTIAL IMPOSTER to EVER INHABIT THE WHITE HOUSE! If Democrats think this jerk deserves a 2nd term it should be ONLY IN A PRISON!!!!

Shelley
Shelley
21 days ago

I bet that since his speech at the college graduation, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate, he will come out saying he is a doctor or some craziness like that.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
21 days ago

Joe Biden… a decent guy? Talk about gas lighting! Go on You Tube and watch a little Biden history: does everyone forget he was against school segregation? “Racial jungles” ring a bell? Even Kamala said so!

Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
21 days ago

wasn’t much of a makeover.

TOBS
TOBS
21 days ago

ILLEGITIMATE INCOMPETANT INCOHERANT BOOB! HELP MAKE AMERICA A S…T HOLE VOTE DEMORAT

Bob Chase
Bob Chase
20 days ago

Biden team merely continues the LEFT practice of assigning their failings to the other side. Historically there are no good stories about Biden and he was never a decent guy. To believe otherwise is to be uninformed and to practice wishful thinking.

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
17 days ago

Biden is one guy that should have never been president if you can call him that because he is not even close to being a president and that goes for that no nothing vice president he has with him. He has never done nothing his whole life in Washington and he was so called elected to this office. Biden will never be as good as President Trump. Biden cares nothing for this country look what he has done to this country.

Mike
Mike
20 days ago

I’m optimistic that Americans are starting to wake up and realize that JB is 1/2 the man he claims to be. All his (or whoever is running the White House) policies have hurt Americans financially and globally. Open boarders, men in woman’s sports, and in their locker rooms, crime, energy, CRT, turning your back on Israel for votes, bailing out student debt ……. The list is longer. Let’s not forget the Afghanistan withdrawal. Do you like these policies? Who in there right mind would want 4 more years of this clown show? November can’t come fast enough.

Harry Boccelli
Harry Boccelli
20 days ago

Biden is the worst president this country has ever had.

Rich
Rich
20 days ago

‘Michelle Obama praised Biden as “a profoundly decent man guided by faith.”’ Unfortunately, that “faith” is the destruction of this country.

John Shipway
John Shipway
21 days ago

It sure would be nice if Genocide Joe would join many of the folks his age with dark souls and as soon as possible make that transition to living in Hades.
Then the world could laugh at or ignore Kameltoes Harris.

Oldclimber
Oldclimber
21 days ago

If he sprouted horns, a tail, turned red and started carrying ta trident the lefties would be more enthusiastic about him than they ae now. The crazed self-destructiveness with which they are infected, spiritually, has come almost full cycle and I’m afraid will involve some form of a physical fight.

Granny26
Granny26
20 days ago

Biden is an A**hole with a capital A. Besides being a jerk and a moron. He can’t walk up steps without falling, can’t ride a bike without falling, can’t stop sniffing little girls, etc. Why anyone in their right mind would vote for him is beyond me.

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