The war in Ukraine continues to go poorly for the NATO-backed Ukrainian military as Israel readies for a seemingly imminent invasion of the Gaza Strip. The economy looks increasingly precarious as interest rates rise with gas prices and federal spending looks less sustainable than ever. So, what was Joe Biden up to over the weekend? He was at the beach.
Biden’s trip to the beach followed a quick trip to Israel, a speech on Thursday night about the state of the world situation, and a fundraiser meeting on Friday night. After that, he headed to Rehoboth Beach. Though a picture of Joe sunbathing and napping on the beach, one purporting to be of his trip, went viral, it was actually of a trip he took to Rehoboth in August.
In any case, it was that picture that rapper 50 Cent used to put Biden on blast in a post on Instagram, writing, “👀hey Joe get the fvck up, we in trouble man!” Commenting, Donald Trump Jr. responded, “Most popular president ever🙄”
50 Cent first attacked Biden in a post around the November election, writing, “WHAT THE F—! (VOTE For TRUMP) IM OUT, ♂️ F— NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. ♂️ I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62 percent are you out of ya f—— mind.”
Chelsea Handler, an ex-girlfriend, then got him to reverse that and back Biden. Explaining the situation to Jimmy Fallon, Handler said, “He says he doesn’t want to pay 62 percent in taxes — which, by the way, isn’t a plan of Joe Biden’s, that’s a lie — so he doesn’t want to pay 62 percent in taxes because he doesn’t want to go from being 50 Cent to 20 Cent. I had to remind him that he was a Black person, so he can’t vote for Donald Trump, and that he shouldn’t be influencing an entire swath of people who may listen to him because he’s worried about his own personal pocketbook.”
During the Friday fundraiser that he attended before heading to the beach, Biden attacked Republicans, particularly former President Trump and former Speaker of the House contender Jim Jordan. He said, “Look what they’re trying to do. All the basics rights we’ve taken for granted for a long time, what do they want to deal with? They want to take it away. They want to take it away, whether it’s to change the court system, whether it’s to move in a way to deal with LGBTQ legislation, whether it’s about the right to vote, just — whether it’s about the right to choose. Think about all the individual things that are frontal attacks. But that other piece of good news: This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a different deal. These MAGA Republicans make about 30 percent of that party, and now you saw the — the significant gentleman from Ohio, he just got his rear end kicked by —”
Continuing, he added, “Third — well, beyond that’s the last time, because here’s the deal: We have to understand that violence in American politics is never, never, never, never acceptable. Never acceptable. But guess what? He lost the third time in the vote, then they had a secret ballot when they got back in the caucus. And I think it was something like 140 people voted against him. Because you know why they didn’t publicly? Intimidated. Intimidated.”
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