Say what? Philadelphia Inquirer says Biden had such a ‘horrible’ debate Trump should withdraw

Yet another major newspaper addressed President Joe Biden’s “horrible” debate with a call for a campaign suspension — only they weren’t talking about the incumbent.

Following the televised political adaptation of the Titanic crashing into the Hindenburg that was the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee’s performance Thursday, a schism cropped up on the left. As adherents to the mantra “vote blue no matter who” saw their liver-spotted golden boy melt like a false idol, calls for him to step aside rang out, but The Philadelphia Inquirer’s editorial board saw things differently.

Unlike their Gotham-based peers at The New York Times who’d admitted Biden was well past his prime and ought to suspend his candidacy, the board in the City of Brotherly Love had nothing but malice for former President Donald Trump as they steered the incumbent’s “horrible night” toward a case study in whataboutism to demand the GOP leader take a hike.

“President Joe Biden’s debate performance was a disaster. His disjointed responses and dazed look sparked calls for him to drop out of the presidential race,” the piece admitted before immediately pivoting. “But lost in the hand wringing was Donald Trump’s usual bombastic litany of lies, hyperbole, bigotry, ignorance, and fear mongering. His performance demonstrated once again that he is a danger to democracy and unfit for office.”

“In fact, the debate about the debate is misplaced. The only person who should withdraw from the race,” they asserted in what many considered to be a direct response to the Times, “is Trump.”

Throughout the screed that rivaled Keith Olbermann’s rant calling for CNN to “literally” be burned to the ground after not doing more to bolster Biden during the debate, the Inquirer downplayed Trump’s takes on how his successor had wrecked the economy, foreign policy and domestic safety and instead amplified narratives on insurrection and felony conviction among others.

“Trump attacks the military,” they claimed alluding to the debunked “suckers and losers” story that Biden himself had attempted during the debate. “He denigrates the Justice Department and judges. He belittles the FBI and the CIA. He picks fights with allies and cozies up to dictators.”

“Trump is an unserious carnival barker running for the most serious job in the world. During his last term, Trump served himself and not the American people,” the board contended despite the GOP leader donating his salary and sacrificing his business to the fickle winds of political allegiances.

Meanwhile, as the Inquirer adopted a “takes a village” mentality about the presidency and assured, “Biden has surrounded himself with experienced people who take public service seriously,” the president’s campaign fired back at Times for calling for him to withdraw from the race.

“The last time Joe Biden lost the New York Times editorial board’s endorsement it turned out pretty well for him,” said Biden campaign co-chair Cedric Richmond while the president himself had admitted at a post-debate rally, “I don’t debate as well as I used to, but I know what I do know: I know how to tell the truth. I know right from wrong. And I know how to do this job.”

The pander, much like a 2019 op-ed calling for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office, succeeding in prompting many social media sycophants to suggest they had suddenly subscribed to the newspaper while dropping their subscriptions to the Times.

Kevin Haggerty


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