As we learned with Corn Pop, the gang leader, former Vice President Joe Biden loves to spin a good yarn, and an appearance Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” gave the candidate a great opportunity to talk about Russian bots.
To hear the fading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate tell the tale, Russia is so worried about him becoming president that they have let loose bots to attack him on Facebook — after three years, Democrats still have Russia on the brain.
“I’m the person most likely to beat Trump,” Biden told CBS anchor Margaret Brennan.” The Russians don’t want me to be the nominee. They spent a lot of money on bots on Facebook and they’ve been taken down, saying Biden is a bad guy. They don’t want Biden running. They’re not — no one’s helping me to try to get the nomination. They have good reason.”
Does he have any evidence to support the claim? Well, no. But it must be true because his staff told him it was.
“I have not spoken to the intelligence community,” he said. “But I think the intelligence community should inform the rest of us who are running what they told Senator Sanders. I was told that there are a lot of bots on Facebook, and they’ve been all taken down. … Fake accounts, yes, and they’re taken down, but I don’t know who — I didn’t get a call from Facebook, but I was told by my staff that’s what happened.”
.@JoeBiden says Facebook alerted his staff of fake accounts belonging to Russian bots targeting his campaign, says that intelligence agencies should brief other campaigns on Russian interference pic.twitter.com/ca8MLRQsLm
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 23, 2020
The reference to Sanders, the self-avowed socialist who is now the front-runner to be the party’s nominee, is in response to a Washington Post report that Russia is trying to help Sanders’ campaign, with Sanders confirming that he had been briefed by U.S. intelligence officials about the effort.
That Biden draws on this the same day it was being reported that the US intelligence community’s top election security official, Shelby Pierson, appears to have overstated the intelligence community’s formal assessment of Russian interference in the 2020 election is only fitting, given how his campaign has gone.
Of course, the conspirators on the left are claiming Russia is “helping” Biden in order to help President Donald Trump secure an opponent he will easily defeat. Democratic strategist James Carville has a different idea, relating to Sander’s socialist views.
Either way, Biden’s sticking with the Russia narrative, suggesting to Brennan that “the people that occupied my [campaign] office … maybe they were Russians. I don’t know, but they — they said they were Bernie supporters.”
This was an incident that occurred ahead of the Iowa caucus, when protesters with a group that endorsed Sanders stormed Biden’s Des Moines headquarters and refused to leave — they would be arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.
Asked if he can stop Sanders from running away with the nomination, Biden created a potential imaging nightmare when he expressed uncertainty.
Can Biden halt @BernieSanders' surge? "I don't know,” he tells @margbrennan. “It's not about who I stop. It's why I'm running, why I'm telling the people that I should be the next president and why I'm the best guy to beat Trump.” WATCH –> pic.twitter.com/TwsxfWyh0v
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 23, 2020
“I don’t know,” Biden said. “It’s not about who I stop. It’s why I’m running, why I’m telling the people that I should be the next president and why I’m the best guy to beat Trump.”
If Biden seems a little befuddled and not up to speed on issues, it could be a residual effect from hanging out with fellow septuagenarian Cher, best known these days for her unhinged Trump-hating rants on social media.
Do you believe in life after Trump? pic.twitter.com/azZ1qZCqFW
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 22, 2020
Speaking of befuddlement and spinning yarns, the New York Times reported Biden has been saying lately he was arrested in the 1970s trying to visit Nelson Mandela in a South African prison — only to then dismantle the claim.
More from the Times:
But if Mr. Biden, then a United States senator from Delaware, was in fact arrested while trying to visit Mr. Mandela, he did not mention it in his 2007 memoir when writing about a 1970s trip to South Africa, and he has not spoken of it prominently on the 2020 campaign trail. A check of available news accounts by The New York Times turned up no references to an arrest. South African arrest records are not readily available in the United States.
According to Biden, he was arrested with Andrew Young, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 1977 to 1979.
The newspaper contacted Young via telephone and he said, “No, I was never arrested and I don’t think he was, either.”
The reaction on social media goes to show how much of a laughing stock Biden has become… then again, it seems some tried to warn about this:
??? I got hairy legs said the Russians pic.twitter.com/sqs0wTOAIy
— Duh Wrench (@PaulGavigan4) February 23, 2020
So he gets a heads up but Trump doesn’t. He gets spied upon by his political opponents. Yep that’s fair… NOT. Sounds like sleepy creepy Joe is really a Russian agent and needs to be investigated. pic.twitter.com/pjfwSeaxnz
— William Deetz (@DeetzWilliam) February 23, 2020
not to worry @JoeBiden it is not the Russians.. it’s the Ukranian trying to get their money back from Hunter!!!
— HuskyCoconut text Trump to 88022 (@84WestCrame) February 23, 2020
I feel sorry for Joe as he must think people believe what he says. I can’t blame him for all the deny and accuse tactics though as if I had committed the acts he has I’d do the same thing.
— Scotty B (@MnScottyB) February 23, 2020
Trust me, no one needs to help Joe Biden lose….he can take care of this all by himself. Biden is dirty and America knows it.
— Robert Wagner (@BigWagWag) February 23, 2020
Sure Joe! We believe you ????!
— Katht Richeson (@katht_richeson) February 23, 2020
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