As you know, former Vice President Joe Biden is legendary for his gaffes. The situation has become so bad that his former brain surgeon was trotted out recently to vouch for his condition.
The damage control isn't working. There is increasing concern on the left that Biden just isn't up to the task. And then yesterday the Washington Post dropped this bombshell:
"Joe Biden painted a vivid scene for the 400 people packed into a college meeting hall. A four-star general had asked the then-vice president to travel to Konar province in Afghanistan . . . to recognize the remarkable heroism of a Navy captain. . .
"Except almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect. . . it appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened. . .
"In the space of three minutes, Biden got the time period, the location, the heroic act, the type of medal, the military branch and the rank of the recipient wrong, as well as his own role in the ceremony."
Biden defended himself by saying, "I was making the point [of] how courageous these people are . . . this generation of warriors. . . I don't know what the problem is."
I wish there were more liberals praising our troops. But it doesn't change the fact that Biden concocted a story that was false. That's the problem, Mr. Biden.
And I would just remind you that Donald Trump has been crucified for lesser incidents than what Biden has done in a seeming attempt to glorify himself.
Can Biden survive this? Sure. He's ahead in the polls by a comfortable margin and there's an obvious path for him to win with more than half a dozen candidates splitting the progressive vote. But I still believe Joe Biden could be 2020's Jeb Bush.
Many progressives rightly felt cheated in 2016 when the Clinton campaign and the Democrat establishment rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders (here and here). All the energy and momentum in the Democrat Party today is with the progressive/AOC wing. Just look at the crowds that Elizabeth Warren is attracting.
It's not over yet, but it's starting to look bad for Biden. Next month's debate, when Biden appears on stage for the first time with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, will be very telling.
Comey's Corruption II
I share the frustration many people feel about the lack of punishment, as of now, for those in our intelligence and criminal justice agencies who conspired to destroy a duly elected president. But James Comey hasn't been entirely cleared.
He's been called a "leaker" and a "liar," so I expect he'll be hired by CNN or MSNBC in the next 48 hours. Nevertheless, other investigations could still impact Comey, Brennan, Clapper and others.
For example, Jay Sekulow, one of President Trump's attorneys, said yesterday, "We're in the pregame show. This is just the beginning."
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) agreed, saying, "There's another report [on FISA abuse] that's going to come out from the inspector general in a few weeks. And I wouldn't say James Comey is out of the woods." And federal prosecutor John Durham is also conducting a separate investigation of the Russia collusion hoax.
You can read more here from FBI veteran Kevin Brock.
Last month, progressives celebrated when Montgomery County, Maryland, enacted what the Washington Post called "the strongest ban" on cooperation with ICE in the D.C. region.
But in the weeks since that report, Montgomery County leaders have been scrambling to explain why their sanctuary city policies are a good thing. At least six illegal immigrants have been arrested for rape and sexual abuse in recent days.
Sadly, this is nothing new. A report earlier this year noted that such crimes have been "steadily increasing over the last four years." In addition, identity theft "almost doubled" from 2017 to 2018.
It seems that one of the most upscale Washington, D.C., suburbs is rapidly becoming a sanctuary for criminals. How is all that left-wing ideology working out for the residents of Montgomery County?
The Crack Down Begins
Several key leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement were arrested overnight. This development comes as fresh Chinese army troops were rotated into Hong Kong and the police have denied permits for weekend protests.
It also happens to be the fifth anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party severely limiting free elections in Hong Kong. That action triggered the massive protests led by the Umbrella movement in 2014.
One aspect of the Hong Kong protests that is not widely known is that it is led by young Christians like Joshua Wong. Like fellow believers in mainland China, Joshua has been sent to prison in Hong Kong for speaking up for human rights, and he was among the leaders arrested last night.
Please keep Joshua, the people of Hong Kong and all persecuted believers in China in your prayers.
Praying For Florida
Please join us this Labor Day weekend in praying not only for our president and our country, but for all the good folks of Florida in the path of Hurricane Dorian. The hurricane is currently expected to hit the Florida coast in coming days, perhaps as a severe Category 4 storm.
NOTE: Our office will be closed Monday, September 2nd.
The End of Day report will resume Tuesday, September 3rd.