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Will the Real Dictator Please Stand Up?—If He’s Able

There’s an old trial lawyers’ saying: “When the facts are on your side, pound the facts. When the law is on your side, pound the law. When neither is on your side, pound the table.” That may be the only thing President Biden learned in law school—from which he was almost expelled for plagiarizing. He said the plagiarizing was due to ignorance; he had simply misunderstood the need to cite sources carefully.

Now, fifty-nine years later, Biden routinely misrepresents Trump. While talking about the auto industry, Trump said, “We’re going to put a 100 percent tariff on every single car that comes across the [Mexico-US] line, and you’re not going to be able to sell those cars if I get elected. Now, if I don’t get elected, it’s going to be a bloodbath, for the whole—that’s going to be the least of it. It’s going to be a bloodbath for the country.”

Biden’s campaign quickly accused, and has continued to accuse, Trump of fomenting “political violence.” The Trump campaign said Trump was clearly using the term in the context of an economic bloodbath, and that is obvious to anyone who reads Trump’s remarks.

Even so, Biden campaign spokesperson Sarafina Chitika said: “The Trump campaign can try to spin all they want, but the context is clear: their candidate has spent every moment since his first campaign encouraging and excusing political violence. Repeatedly. It’s not a bug; it’s a feature of Donald Trump’s extremism. We take Trump at his word—and voters will too.” I.e., “Don’t bother us with the truth!”

And then at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner (which Trump refused to attend when he was president), President Biden made a remark he had made before: “[Donald Trump] has said he wants to be a dictator on day one.” Biden’s implication is, obviously, that Trump wants to be a dictator from day one. Trump even explained his remark, for those capable of understanding explanations: “We are closing the border and we are drilling, drilling, drilling. After that, I am not a dictator, OK?”

About Biden, we should ask, as attorney Joseph Welsh did of Senator McCarthy during the infamous army hearings in 1954, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” Biden’s answer, obviously, would be no.

Biden enthusiasts (those that are left) might argue that Biden is sufficiently over-the-hill that he doesn’t really appreciate the distinction between truth and not-really-the-truth. But his gag writers surely do.

Neither Biden nor his campaign cares about accuracy—or honesty. That should tell the American people something.

It’s a hoot to distort Biden’s remarks the same way. Here’s a heavily edited and, yes, distorted version of a comment from Biden’s State of the Union speech: “Tonight I want to talk about the future of possibilities that we can build together. A future where the biggest corporations get breaks, a future where the middle class finally have to pay their fair share in taxes.” He actually said that—actually said all those words—and, of course, a few more, which have been surgically removed.

Of course, what’s most interesting about Biden’s dictator remark is that it’s Biden who looks like the dictator. Let us count the ways.

Perhaps the illegal act that has received the most attention is Biden’s attempt to “forgive” student loans—half a trillion dollars in student loans. The Supreme Court came to the rescue of the country and said Biden didn’t have the constitutional authority to do that.

Did that stop him? Of course not. Now he’s instructed his people to try to do it again. Who’s the dictator now?

Biden tried to ban evictions of residential tenants by landlords. The Supreme Court said he didn’t have the authority to do that. “The [Centers for Disease Control] has imposed a nationwide moratorium on evictions in reliance on a decades-old statute that authorizes it to implement measures like fumigation and pest extermination,” the Court’s opinion said. “It strains credulity to believe that this statute grants the CDC the sweeping authority that it asserts.”

Biden tried to require COVID vaccines. The Supreme Court blocked that too.

Biden has refused to do anything to close the southern border—to enforce the immigration laws. Millions of illegal immigrants have flooded into the country—and the Biden people surely plan to help them vote in the coming presidential election.

After a draft of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs abortion case was leaked, Biden’s Justice Department failed to enforce a federal law that prohibits protests outside the homes of the justices.

Biden’s Security and Exchange Commission plans to track the identity, transactions, and investment portfolio of everyone who invests in the stock market. The government has no authority to do that. Does anyone think the SEC is acting on its own, without the Biden administration’s approval?

The Federal Communication Commission plans to reclassify broadband providers as common carriers, a major and hugely significant change. Does anyone think the FEC is acting on its own, without the Biden administration’s approval?

And, sadly and dangerously, the left-wing, woke media lap it all up, all the while piling on the claim that Trump is a dictator.

But the evidence shows convincingly that it’s Biden who acts in dictatorial fashion. And pounding on the table to deny it won’t change that fact.

Daniel Oliver is Chairman of the Board of the Education and Research Institute and a Director of Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Reagan, he was Executive Editor and subsequently Chairman of the Board of William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review.

Email Daniel Oliver at Daniel.Oliver@TheCandidAmerican.com.

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About Daniel Oliver

Daniel Oliver is chairman of the board of the Education and Research Institute and a director of the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco. In addition to serving as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Reagan, he was executive editor and subsequently chairman of the board of William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review. Email him at Daniel.Oliver@TheCandidAmerican.com.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address during a joint meeting of Congress in the House chamber at the U.S. Capitol on March 07, 2024 in Washington, DC. This is Biden’s last State of the Union address before the general election this coming November. Biden was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)