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Joe Biden: I was the ‘great candidate’ for 2016 — not Clinton

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A legend in his own mind…

Delusional.

From NY Post: Former Vice President Joe Biden said Hillary Clinton was “never a great candidate” — but that he was.

“I never thought she was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate,” Biden said at the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, CNN reported.

Despite his blunt assessment of the former Democratic candidate, Biden said Clinton “would have been a really good president.”

Asked if he will seek the presidency in 2020, when he would be almost 78 years old, Biden said: “Could I? Yes. Would I? Probably not.”

He emphasized that his focus now is on his family being “put back together” after the 2015 death of his son Beau from brain cancer and to fulfill financial promises to his wife, including paying off their mortgage. But the famously coy former veep added that once those responsibilities are taken care of, and he’s healthy and the best candidate, “I may very well do it.”

“At this point, no one in my family or I have made the judgment to run,” Biden said.

He also addressed the need to fix the problems facing the country. “Let’s wake up!” he said. “This is America. We all walk around like, ‘Oh my God. What are we going to do?’ C’mon, man!”

Biden didn’t target President Trump directly, but he did appear to allude to the recent turmoil in the White House.

{TRY NOT TO LAUGH}

President Obama went eight years “without a single scandal,” he said to applause. “Not one.”

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Joe Biden called out men who don’t stop sexual assaults

joe biden and bill clintonTHIS. IS. RICH.

From Yahoo (via Teen Vogue): There’s a whole lot of reasons we love Joe Biden. The former Vice President has stolen our hearts many times over with his compassionate politics. His beautiful friendship with Barack Obama and the memes it created got us through many days. On top of that, he’s been a champion for women for a long while. Lately, he’s been continuing this awesome work with his campaign “It’s On Us”. “It’s On Us” encourages men to step up in preventing sexual assault.

Biden recently sat down for an interview with Teen Vogue to talk more about It’s On Us, and it’s amazing!

There’s so much good in this interview, and it just backs up why Joe Biden is the greatest. First of all, he consulted young women on how to best move forward with the It’s On Us campaign!

It might sound like a no-brainer, but with current politics it’s all too familiar to see decisions that affect women decided by only men. This obviously makes no sense, because if you’re trying to help women, you should listen to women. Biden spoke with thousands of girls in high school and college to figure out how best to combat sexual assault on campuses. Here’s what they told him:

“The overwhelming, spontaneous response without any prompting was, get men involved. Get men involved…that’s when we started the “It’s on Us” campaign, going out to college campuses because bystanders who see something happen, in my view, if they don’t holler, scream, pick up the phone and call and intervene, they are complicitous in the commission of a crime. They are complicitous.”

Biden, as a politician, has given voice to something women have understood about the nature of preventing sexual assault for basically all of human history. You cannot put the pressure on victims to prevent their own assaults.

A lot of the advice people hear about preventing sexual assault is put towards the victims. By calling out male bystanders who see an assault about to take place and do nothing, Biden is putting the pressure to prevent assault in the right place.

Biden pulls no punches when calling out the men who see assaults about to happen and do nothing. He really calls out the men who hear other men perpetuating rape culture, by pointing out that silence will make them complicit. By not speaking up when they hear someone talking about assault, they become complicit. Biden puts it this way:

“Being a man means respecting a woman’s autonomy, not invading a woman’s autonomy. You want to be a strong man? Respect.

Biden also reminds college leadership that they need to step up to prevent campus sexual assault. He acknowledges that colleges might be scared to report the numbers, since it might downgrade their standing. However, he points out that their students’ safety is way more important.

Many colleges act this way, and that’s part of why campus sexual assault is such a widespread problem. Biden puts this into chilling perspective with this quote:

“No father or mother should drop their kid off this late August, early September at their first day at college and drive away worried [if she is] going to be safe.”

We cannot thank Joe Biden enough for being a spokesman for this important campaign. Calling out men who see their friends participate in assault, and college leadership who aren’t doing enough to prevent assault, are steps that need to be taken!

(H/T to Teen Vogue)

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Joe Biden Says If He’d Run for President He Could Have Won

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I bet the DNC doesn’t agree with this statement.

From Hollywood Reporter: Former Vice President Joe Biden says that if he had run for president in 2016 he could have won.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports that Biden told students at Colgate University in central New York on Friday that he could have won the election but the Democratic primary would have been “very difficult.”

“On a college campus I will never, never do anything other than answer the question completely unvarnished and straightforward,” said Biden. “The answer is that I had planned on running for president. And although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica also reports that Biden also said his son Beau’s battle with brain cancer kept him out of the race. He added that Beau wanted him to try and become the next commander-in-chief.

Biden said anyone who runs for president should be able to “look the public in the eye and promise you they can give you 100 percent.”

Biden says he doesn’t regret not running but added, “Do I regret not being president? Yes.” The former vice president of the United States said he had a lot of data collected and was confident he could have won the presidency as a Democratic Party nominee.

When it comes to President Donald Trump, Biden says he hopes he “grows into the job a little bit.”

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Trump Derangement Syndrome: Tech’s SXSW festival takes on Trump

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Hugh Forrest from SXSW: Wants to “ramp it up” against Trump

For those who are unfamiliar with the SXSW festival:

South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.”

In other words, a celebration for like-minded liberals. It’s bound to be a hoot this year with the massive discussions related to Trump Derangement Syndrome.

From USA Today: Russian hackers. Allegations of federal wiretapping. Online leaks of purported CIA documents. There will be no lack of controversial issues to dissect at this year’s SXSW Conference & Festivals, which begins Friday and runs through Mar. 19. And more so than in past years, this year’s massive gathering of tech, film and music enthusiasts – usually equated with tech innovation and startups – will have a stronger-than-ever focus on politics.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and CNN’s Van Jones are scheduled to speak. Panel discussions, reflecting the recent election of President Donald Trump, range from “Startup Investing during the Trump Years” to “The War at Home: Trump and the Mainstream Media” and “Head Fakes and Pivots: Trump Punks Silicon Valley.”

“SXSW is the place for great thinkers and innovators,” said Erin Schrode, 25, activist and social entrepreneur who will lead a discussion on millennials and activism. “At this moment in history, how can SXSW not dive into politics?”

This week, the gathering, now in its 31st year, got another controversial issue to debate: The WikiLeaks release of thousands of documents purportedly detailing how the Central Intelligence Agency hacks into smartphones and Internet-connected televisions.

There will still be healthy servings of startups strategy, robotics and self-driving cars. But, six weeks into the Trump administration – and all the controversies that have swirled around it – SXSW this year will delve deeper than ever into how Washington could impact the tech and media worlds – a departure seemingly embraced by speakers and attendees.

SXSW has long had a political element to it. In 1993, then-Texas Gov. Ann Richards was the sole keynote speaker, and Al Gore, Rand Paul and Chelsea Clinton have all given talks. Last year, then-President Obama spoke at the event, drawing thousands of attendees.

But when Trump won the November election, Hugh Forrest, SXSW’s chief programming officer, knew he needed to ramp up the political programming, he said. He called his staff into a meeting to brainstorm how best to reflect the divisions and debate consuming the country. They came up with a programming track titled “Tech Under Trump” and began filling it with sessions and guest speakers.

“There is definitely a degree of politics or political focus that may not have been there in previous years,” Forrest said. “We hope people walk away with a little better understanding of issues and the players driving the issues.”

Amanda Quraishi, an Austin-based digital consultant and interfaith activist, said she had an early idea for a SXSW panel discussion. But as the number of hate crimes across the country mounted following Trump’s election, she and her fellow panelists switched their focus. On Tuesday, they’ll give a panel discussion titled “From Trump to Trolls: How Muslim Media Fights Back.”

“Right now, politics is on everybody’s minds all the time,” Quraishi said. “America has had an awakening of what it means to live in a democracy and that it requires a lot of ongoing engagement with the process.”

She applauded SXSW organizers for reflecting the mood of the country in their programming. “They manage to be very nimble from year to year and come up with programming that’s very pertinent right now,” Quraishi said.

SXSW briefly became part of the political story earlier this month when a New York musician scheduled to perform at SXSW objected to language in his contract that warned that U.S. immigration agents may be contacted if an international artist violated the performance agreement.

The musician, Felix Walworth, tweeted his concern, which got nearly 4,000 retweets, and drew parallels to the increased immigration raids sweeping the country under Trump’s executive orders. SXSW officials called it a misunderstanding, stressing that no artist in its 30-year history had ever been reported to federal immigration agents. The contract provision was later rescinded.

Politics won’t just play out in panel discussions and speeches. Documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock said he considered other film festivals to premiere his film, Stranger Fruit, which explores the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. He chose SXSW because he hopes the multitude of tech influencers and music execs there will spread the film’s message wider and farther than Cannes or Sundance ever could, he said.

The film premieres at SXSW on Saturday, followed by a panel discussion on Monday with Pollock and Brown’s parents. “We’re going to be able to create a real movement around Michael Brown because of the people who attend that festival,” Pollock said. “At other film festivals, you get film critics, distributors and industry folks. At SXSW, it’s the world.”

Schrode, the millennial activist, said she was initially surprised when SXSW contacted her in December and invited her to give a talk on political activism. But then she realized what a natural pairing SXSW and politics make, she said.

“It’s undeniable that Trump and the Trump administration are having an existentially larger impact than anyone ever thought on all our industries,” said Schrode, who ran for Congress last year in California’s District 2. “Certainly, for SXSW to ignore that would be unnatural and irresponsible. After I wrapped my head around that, I thought, ‘Absolutely!’”

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Beau Biden’s Widow, Hallie, Is Dating His Married Brother Hunter: Read the Family Statements

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Hunter (left) and Beau and Hallie Biden

Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays at the Biden households should be interesting, to say the least.

From Yahoo: Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie Biden (who has two children with Beau), is dating his married brother, Hunter Biden — and the family is totally OK with it. According to Page Six, Hallie and Hunter, 47, started dating after the death of Beau, who died at the age of 46 after suffering from brain cancer in May 2015.

Hunter, who shares three daughters with estranged wife Kathleen, told Page Six in a statement published on Wednesday, March 1: “Hallie and I are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other in such a difficult time, and that’s been obvious to the people who love us most. We’ve been so lucky to have family and friends who have supported us every step of the way.

The lawyer (who is the eldest son of former Vice President Joe Biden) and Kathleen wed in 2002 and separated in October 2015, five months after former Delaware attorney general Beau’s death.

The relationship has also been blessed by patriarch Joe and his wife, Jill Biden.

“We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness,” the politician said in a statement to Page Six. “They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them.”

According to Page Six, Kathleen declined to comment. Us Weekly has reached out to the Biden family for comment.

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Joe Biden tells 13-year-old girl he’s ‘horny’?

A video has surfaced on YouTube — a snippet from C-SPAN footage of the ceremonial swearing-in of Senator Christopher Coons (D-Delaware) in January 2015, wherein Coons and his family had their picture taken with VP Joe Biden, who was 72 years old at the time.

Coons is the half-bald guy standing next to Biden and Mrs. Coons, the pretty blonde woman wearing a gold necklace.

UPDATE (Sept. 17, 2016): As you can see, incredibly, the video above is already removed by YouTube although I had viewed and uploaded it to this post yesterday evening, mere hours ago. Fortunately, what was in the removed video — of Biden’s interactions with Senator Coons’ 13-year-old daughter — is included in the longer video below, beginning at the 3:33 mark.

Senator Coon’s 13-year-old daughter, Maggie, initially stood third from the left, but her mother beckons her to move to the center.

As the girl walks to the center, Biden reaches out with his left hand, grabs the girl’s arm, pulls her to him, and quickly “cops a feel” by putting his hand on her torso.

Here’s a screenshot I took at the 0:10 mark of the (now deleted) video. I painted a yellow circle around Biden’s hand.
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Biden then moves his hand away from the girl, but right before he drops his hand to his side, he quickly touches either the girl or himself (0:12 mark).

Here’s the screenshot I took at the 0:12 mark:
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After posing for the photographers, at the 0:33 mark, Biden again grabs hold of the girl’s upper left arm, bends down and whispers in her ear. I can’t make out what he said, but according to the (now removed) video and commentators on its YouTube site who magnified the sound on their computers, Biden said:

“By the way, do you wanna know how horny I am to have a 13-year-old girl standing right next to me?”

At that point, the mother quickly turns her face to the side, away from the camera, while the girl has a shocked look on her face. In an article for the Daily Mail on Jan. 12, 2015, reporters Simon Tomlinson and Ashley Collman observed that the girl “did not seem enthused by what he [Biden] had to say.”

Still whispering to the girl, Biden says:

“Talk to my daughter, Ashley, about the film.”

Biden then forces a kiss on the girl, but she recoils from him. He laughs, “He, he, he,” straightens himself up while still holding the girl’s arm, and says:

“You’re a good looking girl!”

Asked about Biden trying to kiss his daughter, Sen. Coons defended Biden. He told Fox News Sunday that his daughter “doesn’t think the vice president is creepy,” and that Biden was simply leaning forward to offer her support. Coons said: “I could hear him. He was whispering some encouragement to her about how when he was sworn in and his own daughter Ashley was 13 and she felt awkward and uncomfortable and he was encouraging her about how to get through a day with lots of cameras and lots of folks watching. He was being Joe. He’s known my kids their whole lives. He was being thoughtful and he was being sweet.”

According to a timeline by the Associated Press, Biden was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 and sworn in on Jan. 5, 1973, 8 years before Ashley was born.

Ashley is Biden’s daughter by his second wife Jill. She was born on June 8, 1981, which means Ashley was 13 years old in 1994. Biden won successive reelection to the U.S. Senate in November of 1990, 1996, and 2002, which means he was sworn-in in January of 1991, 1997, and 2003, when Ashley was 9, 15, and 20 years old, respectively. There was no swearing-in in 1994 when Ashley was 13 years old.

All of which means either Biden or Sen. Coons lied about Biden whispering encouragement to Maggie Coons because Ashley Biden was also 13 and felt awkward and uncomfortable when Biden was sworn in.

A longer video (below) shows Biden’s interactions with Maggie Coons which were in the video that I posted above and which YouTube deleted. That segment begins at around the 3:33 mark. The longer video below also shows Biden touching, hugging, and groping other girls at the swearing-in ceremonies of senators, including:

  • Running his hands down a young girl’s long brown hair at the 0:42 mark, putting his hands on her shoulders, then kissing her.
  • Putting his hand on the waist of a girl in red (6:59 mark). He kept his hand on her waist even after the photos had been taken.
  • Putting his hand around an 18-year-old blonde girl’s waist (9:52 mark).
  • Putting his hand on the side of a teenage girl’s breast, not her waist (15:05 mark). Biden kept his hand there while he swears in the girl’s mother, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).

There is also photographic evidence of Biden engaged in inappropriate touchy-feely behaviors, including having a biker chick sit on his lap, and placing his hand on the thigh of a trooper:

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In today’s age of pedophiles on the prowl and sexual harassment lawsuits, it is astonishing to say the least that Joe Biden, an adult male in his 70s, feels free to behave the way he does — touching, groping and kissing young girls who are strangers. And he does it brazenly, in front of cameras and the girls’ parents.

But not a thing is done about it because he is “Uncle Joe,” the Vice President of the dysfunctional U.S.A.

If it were anyone else, Joe Biden would be designated a dirty old man, and arrested.

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H/t FOTM‘s bongiornoc

~Eowyn