Adolf Hitler’s Spot-On 1936 Speech on the Evil of Soviet Bolshevism (Transcript)


Delivered at the September 1936 Nuremburg Nazi party rally. Source: The Ethnic European.

“We do not deny the grave concern which we feel at the thought of other nations becoming a victim of Bolshevism towards which we are deadly antagonistic. This deadly enmity of ours is not based on an obstinate refusal to recognise any ideas that may be contrary to ours. But this hostility is based on a natural feeling of revulsion towards a diabolical doctrine that threatens the world at large and Germany.

The first phase in the fight of National Socialism against Communism did not take place in Russia. Soviet Communism tried to poison Germany between the years 1918 and 1920, and its methods of penetration into this country was much the same as its present-day military efforts in moving the Bolshevik military machine closer and closer to German frontiers.

We have stamped out Bolshevism, which Moscow’s blood-fiends such as Lewin, Axelroth, Neumann, Bela-Kuhn, etc. tried to introduce into Germany. And it is because we see day by day these efforts of Soviet rulers to meddle in our domestic affairs have not yet ceased, that we are forced to regard Bolshevism beyond our frontiers as our deadly enemy.

We have fought Bolshevism in Germany as a philosophy that endeavoured to poison and destroy our people. And Bolshevism will continue to be fought if it attempts to introduce its sordid Spanish methods into Germany (Spanish Civil War).

It is not the aim of Bolshevism to free nations from their ailments. Its object is to exterminate all that is healthy and replace the same by depravity and degenerate elements. We do not want a situation here in Germany, as in Russia, in which 98% of official key positions are held by alien Jews. Under no circumstances do we want our national intelligence debased.

Communism, however, cannot deny that in Russia today 98% of all official positions are held by Jews who not only can never be classed as members of the proletariat, but who have never earned an honest penny in their lives.

We have fought Bolshevism because its leaders had planned for us a slaughter house on Russian and Spanish lines. Such is the difference between the Bolshevik and the National Socialist revolutions. The one transforms prosperous and peaceful countries into a waste of ruin and devastation, whilst the other, re-builds a broken-down and poverty-stricken Reich into an economically sound and prosperous state.

The German people were familiar with the true nature of Bolshevism whilst the peoples of Britain and the United States were kept in ignorance. Censorship protected Jewish-owned finance houses and corporate interests that were investing in Bolshevik USSR.

We believe that it is a bigger task to put five million people back to work than to burn down houses and churches and allow hundreds of thousands of workers and peasants and others to kill each other. We have also fought Bolshevism on general economic grounds.

From time to time, the world hears of hunger famines in Russia. Since 1917, that is, since the victory of Bolshevism, there is no end to this form of distress. Russia, starving for close on 20 years, was one of the richest grain countries in the world.

When compared with Germany, Russia possesses eighteen times more land per head of population, and yet what a sorry form of economic policy this country must have to deny its people a decent form of livelihood. If Bolshevism in Russia, however, does not succeed in getting nine farmers to produce sufficient to at least support one non-farmer what then would have happened in Germany, where two and a half farmers produce enough to support seven and a half non-farmers?

What would have happened to Germany and the whole of its economic structure if Jewish-Bolshevik economic malpractice had ever been allowed to take root here?

We have fought Bolshevism because a victory for it in Germany would have spelled starvation for perhaps 50% of our population. If Russia were incapable of supporting not even eight people per square kilometre, then in Germany under Bolshevik rule, not even ten million would have had the necessary minimum standard of living. For here in Germany, our 68 million people occupy the same area, which in Russia would not support more than 5 million.

Bolshevism preaches world revolution, and it would use the German workers as cannon fodder for the attainment of its goal. We National Socialists, however, do not want our military forces to be used for forcing upon other nations something that they do not want. Our Army does not swear an oath that it will carry our National Socialist ideology to other nations.

British politicians in England have so far not had the opportunity of learning what Communism in one’s own country stands for. But we have.

As I am the one who has fought against this Judeo-Soviet teaching in Germany and stamped it out. I flatter myself that I possess more understanding of the true character of Bolshevism than those armchair critics who at most have read up on the subject a little.

Today, I follow the spread of Bolshevik poison throughout the world just as assiduously as I followed its poisonous trail years ago in Germany, and never lost an opportunity of warning the country. The abhorrent mass-murders of nationalists, the burning alive of wives of nationalist officers after soaking them in petrol, the revolting murder of children of nationalist parents as for example in Spain, should serve as a warning to help to break down resistance in other countries.”


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Read the full transcript of Joe Biden’s ABC News town hall


Please note: This is a rush transcript that may not be in its final form, and may be updated.

ABC NEWS CHIEF ANCHOR GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Good evening. From the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, our town hall with Joe Biden starts right now.

And welcome to our town hall with Joe Biden.

Mr. Vice President, welcome to you.

JOE BIDEN: Good to be with you.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, we’re here with a group of Pennsylvania voters. You can see, they are all appropriately socially distanced tonight.

(LAUGHTER)

BIDEN: Yeah.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And they’re a group of — some are voting for you, some have said they’re voting for President Trump, some are still undecided, and we’re going to try to take questions from as many as we can tonight.

BIDEN: OK.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And we’re going to start with Nicholas Feden. He’s from Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. It’s close to you here in Philadelphia.

And —

BIDEN: Hello.

STEPHANOPOULOS: — you’re a Democrat?

NICK FEDEN: I am a Democrat. Thank you, George.

Mr. Vice President, every day, my wife and I are in disbelief at the lack of coordinated federal action on COVID-19. We know that your administration would follow the science.

My question for you is two parts. First, looking backwards to when this country first became aware of COVID-19, what would following the science have meant in terms of actual policy?

And then, looking forward, what would your administration do in terms of following the science with real concrete policies that haven’t been done by the current administration?

BIDEN: Well, first of all, going back, the fact is that we — the president was informed how dangerous this virus was. And all the way back in the beginning of February, I argued that we should be keeping people in China.

And we had set up in our administration a pandemic office within the White House, there were 44 people on the ground. I suggested we should be seeking, and I didn’t hold public office, I was a former vice president, I suggested we, in fact, ask — to have access to the source of the problem.

And to the best of our knowledge, Trump never pushed that. All those 44 people came home, never got replaced.

In addition to that, I pointed out that I thought in February, I did a piece for “USA Today” saying this is a serious problem. Trump denied it. He said it wasn’t.

We later learned that he knew full well how serious it was when he did an interview with George Woodward — I mean, excuse me, Bob Woodward. And at the time, he said he didn’t tell anybody because he was afraid Americans would panic.

Americans don’t panic. He panicked. He didn’t say a word to anybody.

Then I wrote a piece in March about what I thought we should be doing to take hold of this, using the — there’s an act that was passed a long time ago that allows the president to go into a business and say, stop making this and start making that, and took a long time for him to even institute that to get ventilators and so on.

And so, the point was, he missed enormous opportunities and kept saying things that weren’t true. It’s going to go away by Easter, don’t worry about it. It’s all going to — when the heat — when summer comes, it’s all going to go away like a miracle. He’s still saying those things.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. Vice President, before you go to the future, can I follow back on looking back for just a little bit? You did have an op-ed in January where you warned of the seriousness of the pandemic. But there’s no record of you calling for social distancing, limited social gatherings, mandatory mask —

(CROSSTALK)

BIDEN: Not back then.

STEPHANOPOULOS: In January or February? Right.

BIDEN: No, in January and February, no, that’s correct. There wasn’t.

That came at the end of March, and then I laid out a detailed plan relative to school openings in June and July and talked about — but you got — by that time, the science was becoming clearer and clearer of how this was spreading so rapidly.

But the president kept denying that. If you notice, from March on, I stopped doing big meetings, I started wearing masks, you know? So, it was at a time when the science was saying and his key people, Dr. Fauci, were saying, you should be taking these precautions.

So, what we should be doing now, there should be a national standard. Instead of leaving this up to — remember, the president said to the governors, well, they’re on their own. It’s not my responsibility. The governors can do what they need to do. Not my responsibility.

It is the presidential responsibility to lead. And he didn’t do that. He didn’t talk about what needed to be done because he kept worrying, in my view, about the stock market. He worried if he talked about how bad this could be unless we took these precautionary actions then in fact the market would be done.

And his barometer of success of the economy is the market. Thirdly, what we didn’t do is the president had an opportunity to open and allow schools and businesses to stay open if he — they got the kind of help they needed.

So the Congress passed a couple trillion dollars worth of help and what happened was most of that money — significant portion of that money went to the very wealthiest corporations in the country, didn’t get to the mom and pop stores.

So you had one in five, one in six minority businesses closing, many of them permanently, people being laid off. And then what happened was when the first tranche of — the first round of money for unemployment — enhanced unemployment passed — went — went by, he didn’t do anything. He didn’t do anything.

And to the best of my knowledge, and I mean this sincerely, I can’t think of — I’ve been around for a lot of presidents and you know a lot of presidents in a crisis — I don’t ever remember one never calling the House and Senate Republicans and Democrats together.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s look forward a little bit. You said that you would lock down the economy only if the scientist said it was necessary.

BIDEN: But that wasn’t the context. They said would I lock down the — the economy is science said so. I said I’d follow science. What I — but I don’t think there’s a need to lock down.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But — yes, but I want to press you on that point there.

BIDEN: Sure.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You — you’ve been in the Oval Office for eight years with President Obama. He would always say that only the — only the hard to solve problems …

(CROSSTALK)

… said what is most likely to happen is the scientist will disagree. The scientist will disagree with the economist. So the question is how are you going to decide this? Who are you going to listen to and how can you contain the pandemic without crushing the economy?

BIDEN: Well, you can contain the pandemic by being rational and not trust the economy. For example, I laid out a plan how you can open businesses. You can open businesses and schools if in fact you provide them the guidance that they need as well as the money to be able to do it.

What’s happening now is we know, for example, if you can open a business and you could have a sign on the door saying safe to come in, that’s why people aren’t going anyway when they’re open.

And say because you have social distancing and you have plastic barriers when you go to the cashier you have separators between the booths, you don’t have large crowds, you reduce the size of the number of people you can have in the restaurant.

You make sure there’s testing. That’s a really critical piece that he didn’t do, testing and tracing. And you make sure that people are equipped going to schools. You know we initially said — the government initially said they’re going to provide masks for every student and every teacher.

And then they said no, no, no, no; FEMA said that — the president or whomever said no, no that’s not a national emergency. Not a national emergency. We need fewer — we need more teachers in our schools to be able to open, smaller pods.

We need ventilation systems change. There’s a lot of things we know now and I’ve let — I laid them out in some detail. Now again, when I say I laid them out, I’m not an office holder. I’m running for office, it’s not like I’m still vice president or I was a United States senator pushing this.

So I don’t want to say I, I, I. But we did lay out exactly what needed to be done. And take a look, we make up 4 percent of the world’s population, we have 20 percent of the world’s deaths.

We’re in a situation where we have 210 plus thousand people dead. And what’s he doing? Nothing. He’s still not wearing a mask and so on.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We’re getting some other questions on COVID.

BIDEN: Sure.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The next one comes from Kelly Leigh.

BIDEN: Thank you.

STEPHANOPOULOS: She’s from Philadelphia, Republican. Voted for Donald Trump in 2016. Undecided now.

KELLY LEIGH: I did.

BIDEN: Hey, Kelly, how are you?

LEIGH: Hi, Mr. Biden. My question is about the coronavirus vaccine or potential. Senator Harris stated that she absolutely would not take a vaccine from President Trump. And of course we all know it’s not President Trump that would create this vaccine, it would be doctors and scientist that presumably we all trust.

So my question for you is if a vaccine were approved by — between now and the end of the year, would you take it and if you were to become president, would you mandate that everyone has to take it.

BIDEN: Two things. Number one, President Trump talks about things that just aren’t accurate about everything from vaccines; we’re going to have one right away, it’s going to happen and so on. The point is that if the scientist — if the body of science is saying that this is what is ready to be done and they’re — it’s been tested and they’ve gone through the three phases; yes, I would take it and I’d encourage people to take it.

But President Trump says things like, you know, everything from this crazy stuff he’s walking away from now, inject bleach in your arm and that’s going to work. No, I’m not being a bit — I’m not being facetious though. I mean he actually said these things. And now Regeneron is the answer. That’s going to cure everything.

There’s 500,000 doses. We got a couple — you know, we have a — more than a few million people.

You know, and so — and most of the — if you notice, most of the companies who are developing these vaccines are working. They’re making real progress.

I meet with four leading scientists at least twice a week, in the beginning, four times a week, giving us the detail on what kind of progress is being made. And, right now, they do the right thing. When they run into a serious problem, they halt the test. They don’t continue until they figure out what the problem was.

They’re not there yet. And most scientists say that it’s not likely to have a vaccine that would be available until the beginning of next year, into the spring of next year.

And, in the meantime, what I worry about is the same thing with Regeneron, which is — which is a useful antidote — not antidote — a useful tool.

But what’s happening is, there is no plan to figure out how to distribute it, how many — we have 500,000 vials of it. Well, we don’t have all the testing equipment. We don’t have all the ability to get it to the people who need it.

And what we should be doing now — and, allegedly, it’s happening, but I have not seen it yet, nor the docs that I talk to have seen it — there should be a plan, when we have the vaccine, how do we distribute it?

STEPHANOPOULOS: And once we get it, if it is safe, if it is effective, will you mandate its use?

BIDEN: The answer is, depending on how clear there’s — vaccines, they say, have a very positive impact, and they are going to affect positively 85 percent of the American public.

There’s others that say, this vaccine is really the key. This is — this is the golden key.

It depends on the state of the nature of the vaccine when it comes out and how it’s being distributed. That would depend on.

But I would think that we should be talking about — depending on the continuation of the spread of the virus, we should be thinking about making it mandatory.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How could you enforce that?

BIDEN: Well, you couldn’t. That’s the problem, just like can’t enforce — you can’t enforce measles. You can’t come to school until you have a measles shot. You can’t.

But you can’t say, everyone has to do this. But you would — just like you can’t mandate a mask. But you can say — you can go to every governor and get them all in a room, all 50 of them, as president, and say, ask people to wear the mask. Everybody knows.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And if they don’t, fine?

BIDEN: If they don’t, no, not fine.

Then I go to every governor — I go to every mayor, I go to every councilman, I go to every local official, say, mandate the mask, man — say, this is what you have to do when you’re out. Make sure you encourage it being done.

Look, George, you and I know — and I think you do, too, as well — the words of a president matter.

LEIGH: Absolutely.

BIDEN: No matter whether they’re good, bad or indifferent, they matter.

And when a president doesn’t wear a mask, or makes fun of folks, like me, when I was wearing a mask for a long time, then people say, well, it mustn’t be that important.

But when a president says, I think this is very important — for example, I walked in here with this mask, but I have one of the N95 masks underneath it. And I left it in the — in my dressing room — the dressing room — the room I was in before I got here.

And so I think it matters what we say.

And we’re now learning that children are getting the virus, not with as serious consequences, but we haven’t — there’s been no studies done yet on vaccines for children.

So, there’s a long way to go, but we can make progress in the meantime and save lives.

And the last point I’ll make, if you listen to the head of the CDC, he stood up, and he said, you know, while we’re waiting for a vaccine — and he held up a mask — you wear this mask, you will save more lives between now and the end of the year than if we had a vaccine, than if we had a vaccine.

It is estimated, by every major study done from the University of Washington to Columbia that if, in fact, we wore masks, we could save between now and the end of the year 100,000 lives.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And avoid lockdowns?

BIDEN: And avoid lockdown, yes.

You don’t have to lock down if you are wearing the mask.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s get a question on the economy.

Anthony Argirakis…

BIDEN: Thank you.

I hope I answered your question.

STEPHANOPOULOS: … from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania — it’s a suburb of Pittsburgh — Republican.

BIDEN: I know it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Voted for President Trump.

ANTHONY J. ARGIRAKIS: Thank you, George.

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

You stated that anyone making less than $400,000 will not see one single penny of their taxes raised…

BIDEN: That’s right.

ARGIRAKIS: … but also state that you are going to eliminate the Trump tax cuts.

The Trump tax cuts reduces taxes for the majority of workers, I would argue not enough.

What is your plan for either extending the tax cuts for the middle class or creating a new plan that further reduces those taxes?

BIDEN: I carry this card with me.

When I said the tax — the Trump tax cuts, about $1.3 trillion of the $2 trillion in his tax cuts went to the top one-tenth of 1 percent. That’s what I’m talking about eliminating, not all the tax cuts that are out there.

And, by the way, if you just take a look, we reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent and Democrats and Republicans who were in office thought it should come down to 28 percent. He reduced it to 21 percent.

You have 91 out of every — of the Fortune 500 companies not paying a single solitary penny. If you raise the corporate taxes back to 28 percent, which is a fair tax, you’d raise $1 trillion 300 billion by that one act.

If you made sure that people making over $400 grand pay what they did in the Bush Administration, 39.6 percent, you would raise another — this goes up to, let me get to the exact number here. About another $200– excuse me. $92 billion.

So you could raise a lot of money to be able to invest in things that can make your life easier, make you change your standard of living by making sure you have affordable healthcare, by making sure you’re in a situation where you’re able to send your kind to school, and if you have a student debt, you can deal with it. Making sure that your home, that you can pay your mortgage.

We have 29 million people right now . . .

STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. Vice President, let me press you on that.

BIDEN: Sure.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re going to raise the corporate tax. You’re going to raise taxes on the wealthy.

Is it wise to do even that when the economy is as weak as it is right now? Another . . .

BIDEN: Absolutely.

STEPHANOPOULOS: . . . 900,000 people . . .

BIDEN: That’s a great question.

Moody’s did an analysis of my — detailed analysis of my tax plan and my economic plan. They said I will, in four years — Moody’s. Wall Street. Said I will create 18.6 million new jobs, good paying jobs, number one. Number two, and I’ll — the GDP will grow by a trillion dollars more than it would under Trump, and seven million more jobs than under Trump’

And the reason is, when you allow people to get back in the game and have a job, everything moves. Everything moves. Right now, you’ve got the opposite.

You had, last year, during this pandemic, you had the wealthiest billionaires in the world, and the nation, they made another $700 billion. Seven hundred billion dollars.

He talks about a V-shaped recovery. It’s a K-shaped recovery. If you’re on the top, you’re going to do very well. And the other things I’m — and if you’re on the bottom or if you’re in the middle or the bottom, your income is coming down. You’re not getting a raise. I should — I don’t know what you’re doing. You may get a raise.

Hope you’re a billionaire, I — but, but all kidding aside, it’s about growing the economy. And, George, the way out, the reason why I’m so optimistic about economic recovery, more than I’ve ever been, is we have these four crises happening all at once and one helps the other.

For example, we’re going to invest a great deal of that money into infrastructure. And into green infrastructure. We’re going to put 500,000 charging stations on new highways we’re building, and old highways we’re building. We’re going to own the electric market.

You know as well as I do, from your days — you know, in the old days, where the president has — spends about $600 billion a year on government contracts, everything from making sure they have aircraft carriers to automobile fleets for the — in the United States.

If you make — make — and we can — and it’s not in violation of any international trade agreement, made in America. If you actually insist that, whatever that product is, made in America, including the material that goes into the product, we — it’s estimated we’re going to create somewhere between another 4 million and 6 million jobs just by doing that.

But what’s happening now under his trade policy, a lot of this is going overseas. You get a benefit from going overseas, if you have much of it being made overseas. So, if you send it overseas, you get a 10 percent tax increase on your– on the product.

If you make it in America and you bring it back, you get a 10 percent growth. If you bring back a company and you’re going to open up an old facility, you get a 10 percent tax credit for all you invested. That actually works, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, there’s not going to be any delay on the tax increases.

BIDEN: No, well, I’ve got to get the votes. I got to get the votes. That’s why — you know, the one thing that I — I have this strange notion. We are a democracy. Some of my Republican friends and some of my Democratic friends even occasionally say, “Well, if you can’t get the votes by executive order, you’re going to do something.” Things you can’t do by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We’ve got to take a quick break. We’ll be right back.

BIDEN: I hope I answered your question.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

ANNOUNCER: From the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, here again, George Stephanopoulos.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And welcome back to our Town Hall with Joe Biden. We’re going to get a question now from Cedric Humphrey, he’s a student from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, progressive Democrat.

BIDEN: Don’t jump, Cedric. You look like you’re way up there.

CEDRIC HUMPHREY: I’ll be OK. Thank you, George. And good evening, Former Vice President Biden.

BIDEN: Good evening.

HUMPHREY: Many people believe that the true swing demographic in this election will be Black voters under the age of 30. Not because they’ll be voting for Trump, but because they won’t vote at all. I myself have had this exact same conflict.

So, my question for you then is, besides you ain’t Black, what do you have to say to young Black voters who see voting for you as further participation in a system that continually fails to not protect them?

BIDEN: Well, I’d said, first of all, as my buddy John Lewis said, it’s a sacred opportunity, the right to vote. You can make a difference.

If young Black women and men vote, you can determine the outcome of this election. Not a joke. You can do that.

And the next question is, am I worthy of your vote, can I earn your vote? And the answer is, there’s two things I think that I care, that I’ve demonstrated I care about my whole career. One is in addition to dealing with a criminal justice system to make it fair and make it more decent, we have to be able to put Black Americans in a position to be able to gain wealth, generate wealth and so you look at what that entails and it entails everything from early education; that’s why I’m supporting making sure that when you have Title One Schools as you know schools with the least tax base to be able to support their schools, I increased the funding for them from 15 to $45 billion. That allows every teacher in that school to make up to 60,000 bucks and the problem now is they’re leaving the schools, they’re not there, we’re short about a million-and-a-half teachers, a million-and-a-quarter teachers.

Number two, every three and four and five-year-old will go to school; school not daycare, school. And all the great universities including the one you’ve gone to, go to or went to, in fact talks about in the last eight years what’s happened, what happens when you let them go to school they make up rapidly whatever shortcoming they had in terms of their education prior to that. They’ve not heard as many words spoken, etc., etc.

What happens is that the studies show that 58 percent will increase by 58 percent their chance of going all through 12 years of school and going through successfully. We’ll also provide for the ability to bring in social workers and school psychologists. We have one school psychologist in America now for every 1507 kids; it should be one to 500, not just in schools that are poor but in all schools because we learn that for example drug abuse doesn’t cause mental illness; mental illness cause drug abuse. But failure to get hold of people and deal with their anxieties.

In addition to that I’d provide for $70 billion for HBCUs for them to be able to have the wherewithal to do what other universities can do because they don’t have the kind of foundational support they need and so that would allow them for example like we did in our administration, the president allowed me to go down and we awarded a cybersecurity laboratory, ability to compete for a cybersecurity laboratory. The federal government spends billions of dollars a year on universities because they are the best kept secret or where most of the major inventions come out of and so that school now will be able to produce young Black women and men who are going to go into a field of the future that’s burgeoning; cybersecurity. And that’s what’s going to help a great deal.

In addition to that if you’re a young man about to graduate and you’ve graduated from school and you want to own your first home and you’re, well it’s awful hard to get the money and depending on the background, excuse me, your economic background is to get a downpayment so we’re going to guarantee first-time home buyers a $15,000 downpayment for first-time home buyers.

In addition to that, what all the studies now show and I’ve been arguing this for a long time is young Black entrepreneurs are just as successful as white entrepreneurs or anyone else, given a shot. But you can’t get the money. Where do you go to get the startup money? So what President Obama and I did, we had a program, we took $1,500,000,000 and we invested it in all the SBAs around the country, in the state SBAs, Small Business Associations and that generated, $30 billion came off the sideline because if you have a guarantee of $200,000 for your new startup enterprise, you’re an entrepreneur, you’re going to be able to attract if it’s government money, there’s a guarantee you’ll be to attract another $100,000. It generated $30 billion.

Now I’m changing that program and I’ll get this done without much trouble I believe in the Congress from $1.5 billion to 30 billion. That’ll take $300 billion off the sideline and grow because you know and for example if you in fact and I were the same age and we split our differences and we were the same age and we went to the same builder to buy us each the same home but my home was in a white neighborhood on one side of a highway and yours is in a Black neighborhood; same exact home. Your home will start off being valued 29 percent less than my home, yet your insurance for that home will be higher. You’ll be taxed more for it.

We’ve got to end this. That’s what got me involved in politics in the first place; a thing called “redlining.” We can change so much and we can do so much to change the circumstances to give people a real opportunity —

(CROSSTALK)

STEPHANOPOULOS: Cedric?

(CROSSTALK)

I said did you hear what you needed to hear?

HUMPHREY: I think so.

BIDEN: Well there’s a lot more if you want to, if you’re going to hang out afterwards I’ll tell you more.

HUMPHREY: Okay.

(CROSSTALK)

BIDEN: But I really mean it. It is the key. Look, this is the way every other, how do most, like my dad, he lost his job up in Scranton and it took him three years to be able — he moved down to Delaware to Claymont (inaudible), a little steel town. And sent us home to our grandpop to live with him.

We finally got back, we lived in apartments. Became Section 8 housing much later, it wasn’t — it was just normal apartments. But it took him five years to be able to buy a home.

Well, we bought a three-bedroom home with four kids and a grandpop living with us but it accumulated wealth. You built up wealth.

That’s how middle-class folks make it. They build up wealth.

Then he was able to borrow a little against that to be able to help get us to get to school, those kinds of things.

It’s about accumulating wealth. And it’s very — you’re behind an eight ball. The vast majority of people of color are behind an eight ball.

And it’s the same way what’s going on now with all this money that’s been voted.

What’s happened? You got the bank, if you’re a Black business man, and I — and the president fired the only inspector general to oversee all this help coming from the congress. And what happens?

You go in and they say oh, do you have an account here? No. Do you have a credit card? No. Have you borrowed from us before? No.

We bailed these suckers out. They’re not liable for any of the money but they still won’t lend it to you. We’ve got to change that.

It’s about accumulating wealth.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Want to get another question in here from Angelica Politarhos.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I’m sorry.

STEPHANOPOULOS: No, not at all. Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania.

ANGELICA POLITARHOS: Hi.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Republican who voted for President Trump last time.

POLITARHOS: Thank you. Thank you, George. Thank you, Vice President Biden. Nice to meet you.

What’s your view on the crime bill that you wrote in 1994 which showed prejudice against minorities? Where do you stand today on that?

BIDEN: Well, first of all, things have changed drastically. That crime bill, when it voted, the Black Caucus voted for it, every Black mayor supported it across the board.

And it didn’t — the crime bill itself did not have mandatory sentences except for two things. It had three strikes and you’re out which I voted against in the crime bill. But it had a lot of other things in it that turned out to be both bad and good.

I wrote the Violence Against Women Act, that was part of it. The Assault Weapons Ban and other things that were good.

What I was against was giving states more money for prison systems that they could build, state prison systems.

And you have 93 out of every 100 people is in a state prison not in a federal prison because they built more prisons.

I also wrote into that bill a thing called drug courts.

I don’t believe anybody should be going to jail for drug use, they should be going into mandatory rehabilitation. We should be building rehab centers to have these people housed.

We should wipe out — we should decriminalize marijuana, wipe out the record so you can actually say in honesty have you ever arrested for anything, you can say no.

Because we’re going to pass a law saying there is no background that you have to reveal relative to the use of marijuana.

And so there’s a lot of things. But in addition to that, we’ve got to change the system.

I joined with a group of people in the house to provide for changing the system from punishment to rehabilitation Along with a guy named Arlen Specter, who you may remember —

POLITARHOS: OK.

BIDEN: — I wrote the Second Chance Act.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But in the meantime, an awful lot of people were jailed for minor drug crimes after the (inaudible).

BIDEN: Exactly right.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Was it a mistake to support it?

BIDEN: Yes, it was. But here’s where the mistake came. The mistake came in terms of what the states did locally.

What we did federally, we said — you remember, George, it was all about the same time for the same crime.

What I had done as chairman of the judiciary committee, I took the ten circuit courts of appeals, took some really brilliant lawyers working for me in judiciary, we did a study.

And we determined what happens if for the first, second, third offense for any crime in the criminal justice system at the federal level. If you’re a Black man, it’s the first time you commit a robbery, how long would you go to jail on average, if you’re a white man, how long?

Black man would go to jail on average 13 years, white man, two years. I go down the list of every single crime.

So we set up a sentencing commission, we didn’t set the time. Every single solitary maximum was reduced in there.

But what happened was it became the same time for the same crime. So it said you had to serve between one and three years. It ended up becoming much lower. Black folks went to jail a lot less than they would have before. But it was a mistake.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me ask another follow up on the crime bill. It also funded 100,000 police —

BIDEN: Yes.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Back in 1994. You’ve often said that more cops clearly mean less crime. Do you still believe that?

BIDEN: Yes. If, in fact, they’re involved in community policing not jump squads. For example, when we had community policing from the mid-90s on till Bush got elected, what happened? Violent crime actually went down precipitous.

Remember the significant rise in violent crime that was occurring the late 80s into the 90s. It went down and fewer African Americans were arrested because you had the requirement – the cops didn’t like it, they didn’t like the community policing, because you had to have two people in a vehicle, they had to get out of their cars, they had to introduce themselves to — who owned the local liquor store, who owned the local grocery store, who was the woman on the corner.

And what they would do, George, that they’d actually go and give people their phone numbers. The cop would give the phone number.

So, if Nelly Smith was on the second floor where drug deals took place and things happened below her, she — I mean, her apartment, she could call and say, it’s Nelly and there’s something going on here and they’d never reveal it was her, because they know if she knew that, in fact, they reported, they would never report. She — they never report.

So, it actually started to come down. What happened? They eliminated the funding for community policing.

Community policing doesn’t mean more people coming in in up-armored Humvees and swarming like that.

When they did, it turned out by the time we got to the late ’90s, the crime had come down so much, and the mayors and everybody asked the question, where do you want me to spend the money? They say, well, only 1 percent thought violent crime was a problem. It was as high as 22 percent.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Right now, we have a systemic problem. How do you get the kind of policing, prevent the kind of policing —

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BIDEN: You have to change the way in which they put — one of the things I’m going to do, George, is what — is set up a national study group made up of cops, social workers, as well as made up of the Black community and the brown community to sit down in the White House and over the next year, come up with significant reforms that need to take place within communities. You have to bring them together.

One of the things I’ve observed is, you know, the neighborhood I grew up — I grew up in Claymont, you either became a cop, a firefighter or a priest. I wasn’t qualified much to do any one of them. But here’s the deal, all kidding aside, most cops don’t like bad cops.

POLITARHOS: Correct.

BIDEN: They don’t like it.

POLITARHOS: That’s correct.

BIDEN: And so, what happens is, they get intimidated into not reporting.

So, one of the things we do is there has to be transparency available. We have to be able to do — go in at the federal level, be able to go in and check out whether or not there’s systematic problems within police departments. If, in fact, a cop is — needs to be tried, it’s not the prosecutor in the community, in the district or there, you’ve got to go outside the community to get another prosecutor to come in and handle the crime.

There’s a lot of things we’ve learned and it takes time, but we can do this. You can ban chokeholds, you can — but — but beyond that, you have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances, de-escalate.

So, instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg. There’s ways — you have to do more background checks in terms of whether or not the person coming in passes certain psychological tests.

And the last thing I’ll say, and I’m sorry, but it’s really, I think, really, really important, is you have to be in a position where you are able to identify — identify the things that have to change and one of the things that has to change is, so many cops get called into circumstances where somebody is mentally off. Like what happened not long ago, that guy with the knife.

That’s why we have to provide — within police departments, psychologists and social workers, to go out with the cops on those calls, those — some of those 911 calls, to de-escalate the circumstance, to deal with talking them down.

But we can’t — cops are kind of like schoolteachers now. You know, schoolteacher has to know everything from what — how — how to handle hunger in a household, as well as how to teach you how to read. Well, cops don’t have that breadth, and there’s a lot of things we can do.

We shouldn’t be defunding cops, we should be mandating the things that we should be doing within police departments and make sure there’s total transparency.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We got to take another quick break. We’ll be right back.

BIDEN: I don’t know if I answered your question but —

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STEPHANOPOULOS: And the Supreme Court is our next topic. The questioner, Nathan Osburn, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Democrat.

NATHAN OSBURN: Hi, George and Mr. Vice President.

BIDEN: Hi, Nathan.

OSBURN: Our country’s first Supreme Court gave its first ruling just two blocks from here from 1791 to 1800 and it’s become more polarized since then. Merrick Garland didn’t get a hearing for all of 2016 and Amy Coney Barrett’s being pushed through at the last minute even though millions have already voted.

So what do you think about ideas from people like Pete Buttigieg and others to put in place safeguards that will help insure more long term balance and stability? And what do you say to LBGTQ Americans and others who are very worried right now about erosions of their rights and our democracy as a whole?

BIDEN: Well, let me start on the last point and work my way back. I think there’s great reason to be concerned. I was on the road most of the time during these hearings so I didn’t hear many of them. I just got the recaps when I — I — you know be in — I get in late at night from — I’ve been going around the country, Florida and anyway.

And — but my reading online what the — what the judge said was she didn’t answer very many questions at all. And I don’t even think she’s laid out much of a judicial philosophy, in terms of the basis upon which she thinks, are their unenumerated rights in the Constitution and — so, number one.

So, I think there’s great reason to be concerned for the LGBT community, something I fought very hard for, for a long time, to make sure there’s equality across the board.

Number two, I think that, also, health care overall is very much in jeopardy as a consequence of the president’s going to go directly — after this election, directly to the Supreme Court within a month to try to get Obamacare wiped out, after we have already — 10 million people have already lost their insurance from their employer and wants to take 20 million people out of the system as well, plus 100 million people with preexisting conditions.

So, there’s a lot at stake.

I don’t think it’s appropriate — I think the Constitution implies — there’s no provision in the Constitution. My problem is, I made a mistake at teaching constitutional law for 21 years and the separation of powers.

The Constitution implies that the way the people have a right to determine who is going to be on the court is how they vote for their senators and their president, which — seek the advice and consent of the Senate and…

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STEPHANOPOULOS: But the president is president for all four years, isn’t he?

BIDEN: No, he is.

But, once an election begins, by implication, it is inconsistent with the constitutional principles, in my view. You will get disagreement among scholars on this, but I believe it’s inconsistent, when over well — millions of people have already voted, to put someone on the court.

I think it should be — should have been held until the next — this election is over, see what the makeup of the Senate is going to be. If the president won this — wins this election, he should be able to…

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STEPHANOPOULOS: How about that question of expanding the court?

Here is what you said exactly one year ago tonight at a Democratic debate.

You said: “I would not get into court packing. I would not pack the court.”

That’s not what you’re saying now. Is the nomination of Judge Barrett reason enough to rethink your position?

BIDEN: What is — the nomination of — what I wanted to do, George — you know, if I had answered the question directly, then all the focus would be on, what’s Biden going to do if he wins, instead of on, is it appropriate, what is going on now?

And it should stay — this is the thing that the president loves to do, always take our eye off the ball, what’s at stake.

One of the things Pete has suggested is — and there’s a number of constitutional scholars who have suggested as well — that there are at least four or five options that are available to determine whether or not you can change the way in which the court lifetime appointment takes place, consistent, arguably, with the Constitution.

I have not been a fan of pack — court packing, because I think it just generates what will happen every — whoever wins, it just keeps moving in a way that is inconsistent with what is going to be manageable…

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STEPHANOPOULOS: So, you are still not a fan?

BIDEN: Well, I’m not a fan.

I would then say, it depends on how this turns out, not how he wins, but how it’s handled, how it’s handled.

But there’s a number of things that are going to be coming up, and there’s going to be a lot of discussion about other alternatives as well.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: What does that mean, how it’s handled? How will that determine…

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BIDEN: Well, for example, if there’s actually real live debate on the floor, if people are really going to be able to have a time to go through this — you know, I don’t know anybody who has gone on the floor and just — and that’s been a controversial justice, in terms of making — fundamentally altering the makeup of the court, that’s gone through in a day, kind of thing.

It depends on how much they rush this.

And you think about it, George, here you have got a lot of people not being able to pay their mortgage, not being able to put food on the table, not being able to keep their business open, not being able to do anything to deal with what’s going on in terms of the economy, as a consequence of COVID, and they have no time to deal with that, but they have time to rush this through.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, right now, it looks like they’re going to have a vote around Halloween.

So, if they vote on it before the election…

BIDEN: That’s an appropriate day.

STEPHANOPOULOS: If they vote on it before the election, you are open to expanding the court?

BIDEN: I’m open to considering what happens from that point on.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, you have said so many times during the campaign, all through the course of your career, it’s important to level with the American people.

BIDEN: It is, but, George, if I — if I say — no matter what answer I gave you, if I say it, that’s the headline tomorrow.

It won’t be about what’s going on now, the improper way they’re proceeding.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But don’t voters have a right to know where you stand?

BIDEN: They do have a right to know where I stand. And they will have a right to know where I stand before they vote.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, you will come out with a clear position before Election Day?

BIDEN: Yes, depending on how they handle this.

But, look, what you should do is, you got to make sure you vote, and vote for a senator who, in fact, thinks — reflects your general view on constitutional interpretation.

And vote for a president who you think is more in line with you. And if you oppose the position that I — I would not have appointed her. But if you oppose my position, vote for Trump. Vote for a Republican who shares that view.

But that’s your opportunity to get involved in lifetime appointments that a — presidents come and go. Justices stay and stay and stay.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We have a question from a Republican, Andrew Lewis, I would — I guess a disaffected Republican.

You cast a write-in vote for John Kasich in 2016. You’re going to vote against President Trump this year.

BIDEN: And John’s writing in for me, by the way.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I know that.

ANDREW LEWIS: Mr. Vice President.

BIDEN: I’m sorry.

LEWIS: Mr. Vice President, my father, Drew Lewis, served as Secretary of Transportation under President Ronald Reagan in his first term.

BIDEN: Oh, yes. I’ll be darned.

LEWIS: And some of his closest allies and friends were Democrats, including House Speaker Tip O’Neill and Senator Ted Kennedy. Sadly, today we have highly partisan and dysfunctional governance. And I believe President Trump is primarily responsible for creating this toxic environment.

As president, how will you avoid the temptation to exact revenge and instead take the high road and attempt to restore bipartisanship, civility, and honor to our democracy?

BIDEN: And as written by a fellow who won the Pulitzer Prize for a book he wrote about the presidency, he said, “You know, I doubt whether Biden is really Irish. He doesn’t hold a grudge.”

In politics, grudges don’t work. They’re not — they make no sense. I really mean it. I have never– and the second point I’d make is, everybody talks about “Yeah, Joe, when you were a senator and a chairman of Foreign Relations or chairman of the Judiciary, you got a lot of things done. You were able to cross the aisle. Well, the days have changed, and when you were vice president you got a lot done. But it can’t happen any ore.”

It can. We’ve got to change the nature of the way we deal with one another. And it starts off by the way your father was, and Tip was, and others. You don’t question other men and women’s motives. You can question their judgment, but not their motive.

Well, we badly need an infrastructure bill. Well, what happens? I stand up and I say, “You know, we need an infrastructure bill, Senator. But I’ll tell you what, you’re in the pocket of the cement industry. But let’s see what we can do.” We can’t get anywhere, and nothing happens. Nothing happens. I learned that lesson a long time ago. I’ve never even — when it’s obvious on its face what the motive is. Stick to the subject. And listen to the other guy. Listen.

What I will be doing as — if I’m elected president, the first thing — and not a joke, and you can ask, if they’d tell you, your dad’s old friends on the Republican side. I’m going to pick up the phone and call them and say, “Let’s get together. We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to move forward here.” Because there are so many things we really do agree on.

And with Trump out of the way, the vindictiveness of a president going after Republicans who don’t do exactly what he says gets — gets taken away. There’s going to be — I promise you– between four and eight Republican senators who are willing — they’re going to be willing to move on things where they’re bipartisan consensus.

Last example I’ll give. You know, after we — the — after Trump had been elected, named the next president, wasn’t sworn in yet, I’d been working on a thing called the Cure — a bill relating to cancer cures. OK. And it was called the Cancer Moon Shot. And I worked with a number of Democrats and Republicans, and we had a bill that was about $9 billion, that made significant increases in research and development on cancer alternatives in NIH, and particularly cancer — specific cancer initiatives.

And we only had, at the time, I think it was 111 or 114, whatever it was, votes in the House. I don’t know an exact number. And we had fewer than 40 in the Senate. But after he was elected, I got those people together as vice-president, and we sat down and we worked it out. And we ended up getting it passed, 396 votes in the House and our 94 votes in the Senate. And at the end of the day, because it was — had to do with the Biden Cancer Moon Shot I’d been working on, Mitch McConnell — Mitch McConnell stood up, and I was the presiding officer, and moved to name the bill after my deceased son Beau who had just died.

So, there is — there is — there are ways to bring this together.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the question of political accountability? Is there some tension between that and bringing people together?

You know, Robert Mueller laid out a lot of evidence of possible obstruction of justice by President Trump. What would a Biden Justice Department do with that evidence?

BIDEN: What the Biden Justice Department will do is let the Department of Justice be the Department of Justice. Let them make the judgments of who should be prosecuted.

They are not my lawyers. They are not my personal lawyers.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, you’re not going to rule it in or rule it out?

BIDEN: I’m not going to rule it in or out. I’m going to hire really first-rate prosecutors, and people who understand the law, like Democrat and Republican Administrations have had, and let them make the judgment.

But turning this into a vehicle for your — as if it’s your own law firm. You don’t own that Justice Department. You pick the best people you can, and you hope that what they’re going to do is they’re going to enforce the law as they see it. But can you remember any Republican president going out there – or (inaudible) Democratic president, go find that guy and prosecute him. You ever hear that? Or, by the way, I’m being sued because a woman’s accused me of rape. Represent me. Represent me. Personally represent me in the state of New York on my not allowing my tax returns. What’s that all about? What is that about?

STEPHANOPOULOS: Time to take another break. We’ll be right back.

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ANNOUNCER: From the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, here again George Stephanopoulos.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And welcome back to our Town Hall with Former Vice President Joe Biden. We’re going to look at the environment right now. We’re going to get a question from Michele Ellison and from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a businesswoman, a social worker. You’re a Republican who’s voted for Democrats but you’re not sure what you’re going to do this time around. Correct?

MICHELE ELLISON: Correct. Greetings Former Vice President Biden.

BIDEN: Hello.

ELLISON: Thank you. (Inaudible) In a 2012 report of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics fracking was discussed and its possible implications for the waterways for the Commonwealth to the Gulf. Fracking has made the population sick and killed wildlife in Southwest Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and small business development centers have already begun to transition people away from fossil fuels. What industries that are not harmful to human health and the environment are you planning for Southwest Pennsylvania and the nation?

BIDEN: Well first of all I make it clear, I do not propose banning fracking. I think you have to make sure the fracking is in fact not admitting methane or polluting the well or dealing with what can be small earthquakes and how they’re drilling. So it has to be managed very, very well, number one.

Number two. What we have to do is the future rests in renewable energy. The single fastest-growing energy source in the world right now because I’m going to say something that’s going to sound self-serving but I managed the Recovery Act and I was able to invest billions of dollars into bringing down the cost of the cost per BTU of wind and solar so now it’s cheaper than coal and it’s cheaper than oil right now and it has great, great promise.

And it’s also the fastest-growing employer in the energy industry and so there are a number of things that I would do immediately. Number one, there are well over 100,000 wells that are left uncapped in the region. We could hire 128,000 of these people who are working in the industry to cap these wells and get a good salary doing it now, number one.

Number two, we should be moving toward finding the new technologies that are going to be able to deal with carbon capture so all the millions of transition we moved from to a net zero emission of carbon that we’re still going to be able to use if we find the right technology, some gases, some gas to be able to if we can carbon capture it. And I think we’re going to be able to move in a direction by the year 2035 we’ll be able to have net zero emissions of carbon from the creation of energy, energy creation. That’s so we can move it by dealing with those and every time we talk about global warming or the environment, the president thinks of you know it’s a joke and I think it’s jobs.

Because what we’re going to have happen is you’ll be able to see now as I started to say before, I as president am going to invest that $600 billion we spend in government contracts only on those things that in fact also are not only made in America but building an infrastructure that’s clean and new and what we have to do is focus on the transmission of energy across the country from areas relating to solar and wind. The reason is that that has not been mastered yet. I met a lot of people in Silicon Valley; the battery technology’s increasing significantly so you’re going to be able to have for example solar on your home and a battery the size, this-by this-by this, as I’m showing you here, in your basement so when the sun doesn’t shine for five days you still have enough energy.

So we’re making significant progress. The other thing we’re going to do is provide an awful lot of work; it’s estimated to put close to a million people to work by weatherizing four million buildings and two million homes, because we’ll save tons and tons of energy or billions of barrels of energy over time and at the same time provide significant employment and at good union wages, prevailing wages.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me stick on fracking for a second.

BIDEN: Sure.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Now you said you don’t want to ban fracking. As you know it’s an important issue here in Pennsylvania, not everyone buys your denial. A member of the Boilermakers Local 154 Sean Stephanie was quoted in the New York Times today saying, “You can’t have it both ways,” he says, “You can’t meet your goal to end fossil fuels without ending fracking,” what do you say to people like Sean who doubt your denial because they think you want to keep that promise —

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BIDEN: I’m telling the Boilermakers overwhelmingly endorseme me, OK, so the Boilermakers Union has endorsed me because I sat down with them and went into great detail earlier to show their leadership exactly what I would do, number one. Number two, what I would do is I would stop making — I would stop giving tax breaks and subsidizing oil.

We don’t need to subsidize oil any longer, number one. We should stop that. It’d save billions of dollars overtime. What I would also do with regard to — there’s no — the difference between me and the New Green Deal they say automatically by 2030 we’re going to be carbon free. Not possible.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So are you for it or against it? You say you’re not for it but in your website it says you call it a crucial framework, the Green New Deal.

BIDEN: My deals a crucial framework but not the New Green Deal. The New Green Deal calls for elimination of all non-renewable energy by 2030. You can’t get there.

You’re going to need to be able to transition, George, to be able to transition to get to the place where we invest in new technologies that allow us to do things that get us to a place where we get to net zero emission including in agriculture. I’ve laid out a detailed plan.

We should be taking the plan where we allow significant more land to be put in conservation, plant a deep root of plants which absorb carbon from the air and in fact pay farmers to do it.

We can do things like pelletize all the chicken manure and all the horse manure and cow manure and they can be — and take out the methane and use it as fertilizer and make a lot of money doing it. For example, right now down in — and people when I say that they wonder what I’m talking about.

The biggest carbon sink in the world is the Amazon. More carbon absorbed from the air diminishing global warming in the Amazon and all the carbon emitted on a yearly basis from the United States America all vehicles and all names. So we have to use our imaginations.

We have to move in the direction as well providing for electric vehicles. Electric vehicles will save billions of gallons of oil, create estimated (inaudible) made Wall Street one million automobile jobs. But we’re lagging because we’re not investing. We’re not doing any of the research.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Got to take another quick break. We’ll be right back.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Welcome back to our town hall with former Vice President Joe Biden.

The next question comes from Mark Hoffman, Center Valley, Pennsylvania, a conservative who voted for Trump in 2016.

MARK HOFFMAN: Welcome to Pennsylvania, Mr. Vice President.

BIDEN: Good to be back home. I’m from Pennsylvania.

HOFFMAN: Yes, I know. Scranton, right?

BIDEN: Yep.

HOFFMAN: So, peace is breaking out all over the world. Our troops are coming home. Serbia is talking to Kosovo.

And the Arabs and Israelis are talking peace, which I believe is a modern day miracle what’s going on.

Does President Trump’s foreign policy deserve some credit?

BIDEN: A little, but not a whole lot. We find ourselves in a position where we’re more isolated in the world than we’ve ever been. Our allies are — our go it alone, our — you know, America first has made America alone.

You have Iran closer to having enough nuclear material to build a bomb. North Korea has more bombs and missiles available to it. We find ourselves where our NATO allies are publicly saying they can’t count on us. We’re in a situation, as well, where in the Far East, we find ourselves in the — in the Western Pacific, where we’re isolated, as well.

You have Japan and South Korea at odds with one another, China is making moves. So, I — you know, I would say we find ourselves less secure than we’ve been.

I do compliment the president on the deal with Israel recently, but, you know, if you take a look, we’re not very well trusted around the world. When 17 major nations of the world were asked who they trust more, who is a better leader, and the president came in behind both — a national survey, international survey — both behind Putin as well as Xi.

And look what Putin is doing. You know, you have Americans — bounties on American military’s heads in Afghanistan. They have more people there now, by the way, than when I left — when we left, in Afghanistan.

And we find ourselves in a situation where he spoke to Putin six times, hasn’t said a word to him. And NATO is in the risk of beginning to crack because they don’t doubt — they doubt our — whether we’re there. You see what’s happened in everything from Belarus to Poland to Hungary, and the rise of totalitarian regimes in the world, and as well, this president embraces all the thugs in the world.

I mean, he’s best friends with the leader of North Korea, sending love letters. He doesn’t take on Putin in any way, and he — he’s just — he’s learned the art of the steal from the art of the deal by Xi and China.

So, I — I would respectfully suggest — no, there is no plan. No coherent plan for foreign policy.

BIDEN: You know, we’ve always ruled — we’ve been most effective as a world leader, in my humble opinion, not just by the exercise of our power — we’re the most powerful nation in the world — but the power of our example. That’s what’s led the rest of the world to follow us, on almost everything.

He’s pulled out of almost every international organization. He gets laughed at when he goes to the — literally, not figuratively when he goes to the United Nations.

I mean it’s not — it’s not about the president per se, it’s about the nation and the lack of respect that’s showing to us.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I want to get one more question this segment and it comes from Mieke Haeck. She’s from state college Pennsylvania. This is your first presidential election that you’re voting.

MIEKE HAECK: It is.

BIDEN: Hi, Mieke, how are you?

HAECK: I’m good, thank you. I’m the proud mom of two girls, 8 and 10. My youngest daughter is transgender. The Trump administration has attacked the rights of transgender people, banning them from military service, weakening non discrimination protections and even removing the word transgender from some government websites.

How will you as president reverse this dangerous and discriminatory agenda and insure that the lives and rights of LGBTQ people are protected under U.S. law?

BIDEN: I will flat out just change the law. Every — eliminate those executive orders, number one. You may recall I’m the guy who said — I was raised by a man who I remember I was being dropped off, my — my dad was a high school educated, well read man who was a really decent guy.

And I was being dropped off to get an application in the center of our city; Wilmington, Delaware, the corporate capital of the world at the time. And these two men, I’m getting out to get an application to be a lifeguard in the African American community because there was a big swimming pool complex.

And these two men, well dressed, leaned up and hugged one another and kissed one another. And I’m getting out of the car at the light and I turn to my dad. My dad looked at me and said Joey, it’s simple. They love each other.

The idea that an 8-year-old child or a 10-year-old child decides, you know I decided I want to be transgender. That’s what I think I’d like to be. It would make my life a lot easier. There should be zero discrimination.

And what’s happening is too many transgender women of color are being murdered. They’re being murdered. And I think it’s up now to 17, don’t hold me to that number. But it’s — it’s higher now?

HAECK: Yes.

BIDEN: And that’s just this year. And so I promise you there is no reason to suggest that there should be any right denied your daughter or daughters, whichever one or two …

HAECK: One.

BIDEN: … one, your daughter — that your other daughter has a right to be and do. None, zero. And by the way, my son Bo, passed away; he was the attorney general in the state of Delaware. He was the guy who got the first transgender passed in the state of Delaware and because of a young man who became a woman who worked for him in the attorney general offices.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We’ve got one more segment coming up. Thank you.

BIDEN: And I’m proud of that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We’ll be right back

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

ANNOUNCER: “The Vice President and the People,” a special edition of “20/20.”

Here again, George Stephanopoulos.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And welcome back to our town hall with former Vice President Joe Biden.

The next question comes from Keenan Wilson, Narberth, Pennsylvania, Democrat.

KEENAN WILSON: Good evening.

You say that you committed to entering this race after the events of Charlottesville in 2017. I assume that that feeling that prompted you to run will not go away once the results are determined.

So, hypothetically, if you lose, how will you use your platform to urge President Donald Trump and those rallying behind him towards the ideals of a more perfect union?

BIDEN: Well, to be very honest with you, I think that’s very hard.

He is not — things have not lent themselves to him learning from what’s happened, what’s gone before. Instead of being chastened by being one of the few presidents, the only president, to be impeached and then have a member of his own party vote to expel him, it emboldened him.

So — but what I will do, I will — hopefully, I will go back to being a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and making the case that I have been — made and at the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware, focusing on — on these same issues relating to what constitutes decency and honor in this country.

It’s just the thing that got me involved in public life to begin with. As a kid, I had moved from Scranton, where there were no African-Americans, and moved down to Claymont, Delaware. And, in Delaware, we have the eighth largest Black population as a percent of population.

It was an epiphany for me, seeing what was going on. And I got deeply involved. I’m no great shakes. I don’t mean I — I wasn’t John Lewis. I don’t mean to imply that.

But it’s the thing that’s motivated — my dad used to have an expression, for real. He said, “Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity,” everybody. And it was real. Everybody is.

And so, whether I’m a defeated candidate for president back teaching, or I’m elected president, it is a major element of everything that I’m about, because it reflects who we are as a nation. And it’s what makes us — this is — every single solitary generation, the dial has moved closer and closer and more and more to inclusion.

And we are a country that is a country of slaves who came here 400 years ago, indigenous people, and everyone else is an immigrant. And we’re a diverse country. Unless we are able to treat people equally, we’re — we’re just never going to meet our potential.

But I think the American people want to see that happen. I think they’re ready to see that happen. And I’ll tell you one thing. If I’m elected president, you will not hear my race-baiting and you’ll not hear me dividing you. I’m (inaudible) trying to unify. And unify with — bring people together.

When I said I was running because I wanted to unify the country, people said, “Well, there are the old days.” Well, we’d better be able to do it again.

WILSON: Great.

BIDEN: We’d better be able to do it again.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. Vice President, if you lose, what will that say to you about where America is today?

BIDEN: Well, it could say that I’m a lousy candidate, and I didn’t do a good job. But I think — I hope . . .

(APPLAUSE)

BIDEN: . . . that it doesn’t say that we are as racially, ethnically, and religiously at odds with one another as it appears the President wants us to be. Usually, you know, the President, in my view, with all due respect, it’s been divide and conquer, the way he does better if he splits us and where there’s division.

And I think people need hope. I think — look, George, I’ve never been more optimistic of the prospects for this country than I am today. And I really mean that. I think the people are ready. They understand what’s at stake. And it’s not about Democrat or Republican.

If I get elected, you know, I’m going to be — I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I’m going to be an American president. I’m going to take care of those that voted against me as well as those who voted for me, for real. That’s what presidents do. We’ve got to heal this nation, because we have the greatest opportunity of any country in the world to own the 21st century. And we can’t do it divided.

STEPHANOPOULOS: One more break. We’ll be right back.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

STEPHANOPOULOS: And we are wrapping up our town hall with Former Vice President Joe Biden.

Mr. Vice President, as you know, President Trump had a town hall meeting tonight, as well. During that town hall meeting, he was asked several times whether he took a COVID test the day of your last debate. You’re supposed to have another debate a week from tonight.

Just two quick questions. Do you expect that debate to happen? Will you demand that President Trump take a test that day and that it be negative before you debate?

BIDEN: Yes. By the way, before I came up here, I took another test, I’ve been taking it every day, the deep test, you know, the one, they go in both. And — because I wanted to be able to — if I had not passed that test, I didn’t want to come here and not — expose anybody. And I just think it’s — it’s just decency to be able to determine whether or not you are — you’re clear.

And it’s not — I’m less concerned about me, but then the people — the guys with the cameras, the people working on the — the secret service guys you drive up with, all those people. And so, yes, I believe he will do that.

Look, I’m going to abide by what the commission rules call for. I was prepared to debate him remotely, which was supposed to happen. And he said he wouldn’t do that. You know a virtual debate. Our town hall, he didn’t want to do that. That — I didn’t set those rules. The commission set the rules.

So, whatever rules they set, I and — I’m confident that — the Cleveland Clinic is the one overseeing it, I think they’re going to not let happen what happened last time, they’re going to demand that it’s safe.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you expect to be there?

BIDEN: I expect to be there.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. Vice president, thank you for your time tonight. Thank you to all the questioners here. It was really terrific questions. I think you did a service to our democracy tonight. Thank you very much.



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Are Strange ‘Militia’ Riot Police a Govt Bid to Fake White Supremacist Presence at Riots? (FTN Podcast + Transcript)



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They’ve erected this boogie man of white supremacy, which does not exist, but they try to manifest that white supremacy in various ways.

We talked a little bit about the midweek with these private military contractor looking guys all over the city. And we’re going to have a little bit deeper on that. But what are the reasons why they have those guys out there rather than, you know, they have the National Guard doing the talking, but these private military contractors are not doing the twerking. These are the guys. These are the right. Heavily armed riot police that are in military style uniforms with no insignia, no identifying emblems or name badges. Protesters have been shouting at them to identify themselves. A couple of them have managed to figure out that some of these guys are part of the Bureau of Prisons riot police. A lot of them are different government agencies, in fact, since 9/11.

There are 75000 of these guys employed by the U.S. government that are not FBI, not DHS, not DEA, not CBP.

They’re not like name badge, sort of law enforcement guys.

They’re just like this. And so if you’re a protester and you’re out on the street and you see one of these guys, you can see pictures of these guys all over the place.

I mean, these guys are and, you know, they’re where it looks like, where whatever the fuck you want, bring whatever fucking weapon you want, wear whatever helmet you want.

They all look different into a protester. And you see these guys and they’re ninety five percent white. I don’t I haven’t seen a non-white in any one of these pictures of these guys. What would your impression be? These guys are indistinguishable from the Larbi militia survivalist guys that were on the steps of the capital of Michigan. These guys are totally indistinguishable from three persse. Right. So your impression as a protester in the city seeing these guys around, thousands of these guys stationed around the city, not military, not police. What do you think these are? These guys look like white militiamen, right, James? I mean, and it’s it’s meant to make you know, they’re there to protect Jewish institutions, but they’re there to make the protesters think that this is the manifestation of white supremacy on the streets. No names, no emblems, no badges. These are just white guys with weapons who will fuck you up. But these guys are going to I mean, they’ll protect, you know, the Department of Justice from damage, of course. But other than that, they’re just meant this is just supposed to be something that you think is really scary. And it’s not because white supremacy doesn’t exist.

Well, that’s exactly right. And that’s actually what I was going to say about the guard and the police, is that you cannot believe you cannot continue to believe there is a white supremacist state, a superstructure needing to be dismantled. When you see if you are a protester or if you see the videos that are coming out of these protests where it’s protoje, it’s rioters and riot police hand in hand in many cases, you know, kneeling together, praying together, white. White cops getting down to their knees, bowing to these protesters. You you cannot look at that and then credibly say there is a white supremacy structure these people are a part of and they’re enforcing. So that just it just falls flat. And so, yeah, these PMC guys, I don’t know if they’re even authorized to make arrests or if they’re just awful. Oh, no.

No, listen to this. One of the agents said, you know, there’s some nebulous rules around this. There’s some Markt. There are what some you’ll see some Whitemark patrol vehicles labeled as United States police. Like, what the fuck is that? It’s called the United States police. Well, this is part of the CIA’s Secret Security Protective Services, which provide security to the CIA and the office of DNI. But they’re allowed to be deployed in the city. And according to one of the agents, it’s like, yeah. I mean, we really can’t arrest you, but we can kill you if we have to. So, like, they don’t have handcuffs. They just have five, five, six. And if you fuck with them, it’s basically like, you know, shoot first, ask questions later. I mean, that’s that’s the reality of what this is. So, yeah. Yeah. No, they they do not make arrests.

Well, yeah. These guys can can easily get re station protecting an oil tanker, you know, around the Horn of Mozambique or something because that’s where a lot of this PMC work comes from. Yes. When it’s when it’s not doing stuff like this. So. Yeah. But I mean, it’s so it’s important they have an avatar out there, right.

Because you can’t call them. You can’t AML. Let’s just call them Jamesy. They’re not really private. I was calling the PMC when I didn’t know what they were. And I still have like in the prep PMC, but they’re really jamesy. These are Jewish military contractors. They are. They’re stationed around the city station around the world to protect Jewish interests. And they have been growing twenty five hundred new officers per year since the year 2000. And that is the equivalent of the entirety of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, because now the ATF e now every year. Twenty five hundred new officers join these ranks every year because these guys can be deployed wherever. You don’t have to have an Insurrection Act proclamation to put them down. Now, this isn’t Trump doing this. This is the Jewish apparat apparatus making sure that these are in place. Big, big, big old Bill Bar, whenever whenever he’s out there in the Rose Garden, sweating, fully covered in slime and just.

Yeah. Anyway.

Yeah. And you remember when, like 10 years ago when the left made a big deal about Blackwater and how we knew Erik Prince is a terrorist and we need to tear down Blackwater. Yeah. You’re not seeing you’re not seeing those costs. Betsy.

Betsy Tomas’s brother, by the way. You know that Erik Prince. Yeah, I didn’t know that until recently. It’s like. Wow.

All right. Yeah. But you notice that there aren’t writing articles about these PMS, E.M.S. or JAMESY IMC.

They’re not writing articles about them other than who are these people? And then they tell you who they are. And then they sort of just say, like, yeah, they can read. They can arrest you, but they can kill you. So it’s kind of just like putting it out there. But yeah, when you have the rank and file identifiable National Guardsmen, Guardsmen and the cops out there doing the Macarena and dropping to their knees. I mean, they’ve been ordered to do this. That’s not a cope on my part because I don’t have a dog in the fight. As far as they are concerned, they will be told to do whatever they want. And in some cases, some some of these policemen have just decided to quit. And we’ll talk about that as well. But, yeah, I mean, this is the way that they mean the white supremacy. They have to keep it going because, you know, they would love to have that neatly folded windmill of peace flag fluttering around in one of these protests to to do that on its own, to point to. But no, I mean, if they can just make it seem like white militia down there and it’s sanctioned by the government. Sure. Yeah. Blacks just think white supremacy. Here we go.

Certo. Well, just wait till you get a till you get some iron cross like skateboarder tattoo on one of these guys, his arms or something. And then it’s like, oh, see, see, we told you they’re a white supremacist militia.

Some guy, some guy just liked independent wheels and trucks and, you know, really into boarding. And now he’s a nut. Now he just likes Auto von Bismarck. That’s that’s what that is.

Right. He’s a second. Second, right. Can do this. Yeah. Well, it’s just such a hard sell. I mean, I saw an advertisement this week, Coca-Cola running a black square advertised mint on Instagram saying we’re giving millions upon millions of dollars to, you know, so and so black organization. And then. There was a list that came out this this week of all the companies giving money to various black groups, Jewish groups as well. The SPDC, of course, wetting their beaks. You know, you have Apple, you have just name, name your company. They’re all doing the bit. So when you have the corporate superstructure on your site, clearly on your side, you’ve read a hit. We’ll talk about it later. Changing their their app avatar to a black a black red alien. Dude, you’d like this whole corporate superstructures on your side. And then you have the government, like if you if this was a white supremacist state, these people would be moderating. And then, like, just opening fire on the crowd. This isn’t happening. So where are you from? Where are you deriving your white supremacy? They’re running out of.

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Trump to Help Israel Conquer West Bank, STILL No Wall for Americans (FTN Podcast + Transcript)


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Just you know, our podcast is sort of like a triathlon where there’s some jogging, there’s some biking and some diving, some swimming. So you get all three when you listen, FTN.

Yeah, we keep we’re gonna keep going back to the well on this narrative for a while now. And there’s just there’s just so much more to talk about with with a lot of this stuff. And we’re gonna be going back to the very beginning on some of it today. And people have asked us to define some of these narratives. But first, we have a guy on the forum got to give a little shout out to. He said that I’m like the Gentile version of Bill Marr.

He like your mom. I had no idea when I’d do a revolution. Bernie Brown. Okay, listen here, guy. New rule, either a Nazi or you’re gay. OK. You people think it’s comfy inside your little kosher kabuki theater. Hotbox N’Gai new rule.

Jews suck and should have all their assets liquidated to pay for jogger’s to go back to Africa and gay. We’ve got a couple of winners here. James, we got winners all around us. The Grug report. Truth to power news. Big shout outs to those guys. Seriously, though, the bits over very, very big shout out. So there’s a lot of losers, though. The losers. You know that you’re over the target when you’re taking flack. And brand new podcasts keep popping up everywhere that can’t seem to get off the ground. And there’s another new one. There’s another new one by Congressman Matt Gates called Hot Takes. And it’s been up since Wednesday. It has nine hundred and fourteen listeners on a YouTube channel that has tens. How many tens of thousands of subscribers to verify channel verify their congressional channel? Yeah, and they’re using the same stinger as Jesse Jackson. Jesse, you. You called this to my attention, which I thought was absolutely hilarious. It’s like, you know, they’re not only ripping off the the because what like for the pot or the popular podcast network. Right. Tiara’s, is this the king? And everything flows from here. And these guys are standing up their own because they don’t like what we’re saying. They want to dilute what people are listening to. And the overwhelming response has been am analysts in at once or twice.

And then, you know, that’s like, I don’t know, one one thousandth of the people that go and listen to these podcasts and then they don’t tune in and it’s like Vee Scott carrier Halflife, where week after week after week, claig, the listeners just decreased by half and a half again and half again.

And they keep trying. James. I mean, I give him credit for trying like hotcakes. Jazz and Jesse Stinger. Twenty three minutes of Matt Gates like lying to you.

It’s you know, the reason why we’re popular, you guys, is because we’re telling you the fucking truth. And these guys can’t compete with that. They’re not going to be able to do it. It’s all subversion. So, yeah, I don’t know what you’re going to do.

Right. They’re gonna have to crack the code and just put Matt Gates down in a basement painting Warhammer figurines and smoking cigars and maybe that maybe then they’ll be able to crack four digits. But yeah, the funny thing, too, about hot takes is you cannot actually find it in a number of different places. It’s only on YouTube and not doing so well there, Matt. Maybe time to move into a different line of work.

I was amazed. I mean, I was amazed, like night.

Like to at least break a thousand nine hundred.

Your congressman totally based. Congressman, you’re getting nine. I mean, I’ll tell you, man, this this this whole, like, fake. And that stuff is fake and real. Like, whatever whatever it is is is not working out very well. It’s sort of that table that that patient is lying on the table and it’s just like.

So. So. And we’ll tell you why. Because we have an explanation. We we’ve been talking about this for a couple weeks. And we’re gonna start with what’s actually happening right now in the world. And that is Pompeo, who has not traveled anywhere in two months, flew to Israel for a couple of hours to prep for West Bank annexation. Now, some people think that he did this to make sure that the timing was correct and everything was going on and like whatever. And there are some people, you know, some of the more reform Jew sides saying, yeah, he’s he’s trying to talk, you know, Netanyahu out of doing this, are only doing a symbolic annexation, but that’s not what actually is going on. Pam Payo went over there to make sure that Netanyahu is actually going to follow through on this, because what a lot of people don’t know is that Netanyahu, in a very kind of eerily familiar way, has dangled the prospect of West Bank annexation in front of people in Israel on the campaign trail, then gets in power and doesn’t do it. Now, it’s a totally different you can’t project our politics onto their politics because it’s a totally different situation.

But they are waiting for the right. Moment. And they didn’t, waiting for the right moment for a very long time. We’ll be talking a lot about that today. But. It’s imperative that this happens now for Trump because an access to annexation of the West Bank is boomer bait. And if angelical bait and they want to make sure that Netanyahu, not Netanyahu, is actually to follow through on it this time, they want it to happen now. Maybe there’s some deliberation between Netanyahu and when he actually wants to do it. They’re gonna do it. Make no mistake, there’s no question of whether or not they’re gonna do it. But it matters the most to Trump right now that it happens because, you know, when you think that Trump should be delivering you a wall or an EO on birthright citizenship or whatever. Just rest assured, James Pompeo and Donald Trump are working very hard to make sure that they deliver for Jews and for Jerusalem and for Israelis and for Netanyahu and for Jews in the United States and evangelicals and everybody else.

Yeah, and you see this being kicked back up in this was this was going to happen around this time probably anyways. But you see a renewed focus on it now as all of these other pathways to victory for Trump in 2020 have been closed and immigration has been closed since the start. As we pointed out on the midweek, and the economy now is is no longer a a card he can play. And what are we left with now? Right. We’re re restarting the, you know, us versus the swamp, the people versus the deep state stuff from 2016 and 2017 with this rallying around Michael Flynn, the Indian Israeli agent and with Israel stuff and and the West Bank and annexation, which is really a throwback to, gosh, what 2004? 2005 was the last time this was. Was a big deal like it is now. So, yeah, they’re trying everything that they can. And and they recognize, too, that this is going to win them favor and, you know, inspire a lot of confidence and donations and and support from the Jeannette contingent, not only in Israel, but also in the US.

Well, yeah. And so there’s this power sharing agreement. We talked a lot about this on on the midweek show, but we didn’t talk about who we’re using it as a jumping off point into some other subjects today. But there’s this power sharing deal between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz right in the Israel is new government was sworn in on Thursday.

The only non coronavirus legislation that they’re allowed to discuss under this new power sharing deal, annexation of the West Bank. Of course. And he can, but he cannot bring it up until July 1st.

But this gives enough time to declare sovereignty over this territory before the U.S. presidential election, which which is what Trump wants.

And so, you know, and there some of the jig nets are saying things that like in 100 years known will remember what happened to achieve the annexation. We know the Palestinians do not want us to be in this land, but Netanyahu must not be deterred. And he’s that wrong. Nobody’s gonna remember how and why and what happened. I mean, Donald Trump wants them to remember one hundred years from now that he was the guy who did this and made this possible. That’s what Trump cares about. But dig, that’s just care about getting the job done. And they want it done now. And Netanyahu is dragging his feet a little bit.

And for Netanyahu, he also does not want to leave power, as we mentioned. So for him, the play here is to to do this annexation, get this process started in July or August or whenever before the power sharing agreement is set to come into effect and then make the argument that because this is such a tumultuous time for Israel because of the conflict or however he wants to argue it, that this is not the right time to to change hands and we need to delay this deal or they can also call new elections. Right. And if the annexation proves to be as popular as it will be in Israel, then Netanyahu can win another term and not fear, you know, enough air having to hand over power. And also, Trump is firmly in support of this. Right. The this is this is U.S. policy that annexation should go forward. And if Netanyahu can make the argument that he is going to have the better relationship with with the U.S. and Trump and Pompeo and others, then that’s another feather in his cap, so to speak.

Yeah. This is Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan. I mean, ultimately, this is and this is how this this works out really well for Israel, is they let the United States be the one to make the policy and then they get to go along with it so that they don’t become the the center point of international scrutiny in the U.N.. I mean, they’re going to be to a certain extent anyway. But if it’s us making the policy and saying here’s the peace plan and the plan is that you’re going to annex the West Bank and we will backstop you, then it isn’t Israel making the move and then the United States reacting. It’s it’s Trump in jig that’s leading the charge. And people have to remember that there are ultra nationalists even to the right of Netanyahu pulling him in this direction, too, because they’re waiting for the right moment to do this. We’re gonna get into some of that intra Judaic debate today a little. Trying to understand what that is and the fact that this has been a 100 year struggle. But Daniel Shapiro, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, said the hurry around Pompeii’s high speed mid pandemic trip was to coordinate the annexation, which he said Trump sees as an electoral boon if it can be pulled off before the U.S.

election in November, like we said. He says, quote, For Trump’s evangelical and Right-Wing Jewish base, Israel annexation and the last rites it will administer to the dying two state solution is wildly popular, Shapiro told Haaretz, of course. There is also mounting opposition to this. Potentially obstacles growing in France, Ireland and Belgium are considering threatening punitive economic measures if Israel breaks international law. They’re not going to do anything, but they’re going to scream about it potentially. EU foreign ministers meeting on Friday and Joseph Borel, the EU foreign policy chief, said annexation would be the most important issue on the agenda. He added, however, that the unanimity that was needed to impose sanctions on the subject was divisive among member states. There is another Jewish trick, right? Like in the EU, you can only impose sanctions on Israel if there is unanimity, meaning everyone is on board with it. For those of you out in Rio Rhinelander. So there are going to be sanctions. So it allows places like France and Ireland and Belgium to, you know, hem and haw and make threats.

But ultimately, no bite, no teeth in that bite.

And even if they wanted to even if they really did want to in these representatives of the EU, oh, our interested in sanctioning Israel. The other the elephant in the room is the big Grug caveman country, America. Walking around waiting to hammer down any European partner that does not play 100 percent along with the US Israeli foreign policy agenda. We’ve seen them do this to Germany in the last few months with the Nord Stream two pipeline. They’ve done it to some Russia. You know, there’s been been action against Russia as well. And so. So, yeah. Like the US. This is another element to this, right. Not only is the timing in this immediate sense in the next few months extremely important, it’s also in the arc of history. They recognize the US as an empire in decline, as a an empire with falling global power and an inability to project power in places that it was able to just a decade ago, just two decades ago. So, you know, while they have this big, big empire at their disposal, they want to get their money’s worth out of it.

Empire in decline. I mean, empires are always in decline because they’re having the life sucked out of them by a certain country in the Middle East. It’s always the same old story over and over and over again. And we’ve seen it all before. The two major objectives for Israel after becoming a state or international recognition of Jerusalem as the capital gobbling up territory and the annexation of the West Bank in the Jordan Valley. And so this is something that goes all the way back to the Balfour Declaration. Of course, everybody’s should be familiar with that by now. We’re not going to rehash that here. We assume that you have some a priori knowledge about that. But it was issued by the British government in 1917 and long before there was this intra Judaic dispute over optics, which has always raged. You have the Zionists, hiim Weismann, outmanoeuvring the establishment optics Jews led by Lucius Wolf, to get the British government to publish the Balfour Declaration optics. Jews were worried at the time that by declaring the Jewish people a nation, they could no longer hide behind the meme that Judaism is just a religion and that they do not host any d’hote dual loyalties. They were also deeply guns earned that if Israel was established, that most Western countries would inevitably deprive them of the rights and deport them to Israel, which didn’t sit well with Jews that had integrated themselves with the British elites and elites of other countries. And so this is why most of the jig nets in Britain were like Weismann, recent immigrants from Eastern Europe and Russia. Of course, that is the extremely abbreviated version of this history. But this should serve as a primer for those who are not familiar so we can add greater context in this episode into the rest of the material that we want to cover here today. Right. James Mean gymnast’s one and Jews got their state. Yeah. So, yeah.

And part of the European consideration, of course, was the terrorism and havoc that Jews were wreaking in the region and threatened to wreak in these European states if they did not get their way. And yeah, so this is GeoNet strategy was was ascendant at the time and prevent a very importantly in this case, prevailed.

It did. It did. And, of course, you know, this is people it’s important not to project our own dialectic, which is fakin gay between left and right onto them.

It’s they at the end of the day, the the optics Jews are going to go along with this no matter what. I mean, they’re going to backstop whatever the jig nets do. They may not like it. They may disagree with it. They may have their sort of intra Judaic debates on these subjects and they may see risk with certain plans put forward. Both the jig Nazi risks with what the optics Jews are doing, that it might be too slow, that it might be too drawn out, that they might be risking. Maybe the plan. Right. The the long term agenda. And that likewise is true for for that’s as well. But fast forward through seventy five years of wars. Millions of dead Europeans, land grabs, dead presidents, stolen nuclear weapons, fake genocides and trillions in financial aid and weapons. And two very Guignard objectives that are trying to be carried out are annexation. The West Bank of Jordan Valley and international recognition of Jerusalem as the capital. And both of these things are illegal according to international law.

But this is something these are goals that they had to work to or they had. Their state now has to expand and now they have to take back Jerusalem. They have to fully kick out the Palestinians off their land. And so there’s glue. There’s been global opposition to Jerusalem in the early 1980s where our story begins today. You had liberal reform. Jews were this growing dominant force in U.S. and European politics. And thus there was not much of an appetite for either objective. The G20 and one hundred and forty other countries all had varying statements on the issue of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, its violation of international law. You know, and we recognized Tel Aviv as the capital. Right. It’s like the most watered down were totally not against you guys. You can’t even accuse us of being anti-Semitic. We’re just stating the facts here. So violation of international law and Tel Aviv is the capital like this is the pushback that these countries give. But it’s they they’re not they’re not down with it. Right. They’re not giving them what they want. And so you have the 1948 Arab Israeli rule war to the six day war in 67. The status of Jerusalem has been hotly contested. It was declared its eternal capital of Israel in 1949.

In 1980, the Knesset passed the Jerusalem Jerusalem law, which declared Jerusalem the unified capital of Israel. Then you had jig nets. Yitzhak Rabin, Netanyahu, Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert all give full throated support to a unified Jerusalem.

So whenever you hear a politician come out and say, I believe in an undivided Jerusalem, they have picked up the jig net rhetoric. Right. Even Obama said, I believe in an undivided Jerusalem. So based Obama. Right. Of course, he was surrounded by Jews, too. So but then you had optics.

Jew Ehud Barak became the first Israeli prime minister in history to allow for a possible division of Jerusalem, despite his campaign promises. So he in order to get elected, in order to be popular in Israel, he had to be for a unified Jerusalem because that’s what Jews in Israel want. Why wouldn’t you? Right. And but, you know, then he gets into office and he says that I’m OK with maybe dividing this city up. And that’s caused a lot of problems.

Yeah. And even if you’re not if you’re in Israel, even if you’re not a hardline right wing ultra Zionist.

The Jerusalem problem is, in their calculations, just more headache than it’s worth. Right. Trying to manage this holy city that’s holy for three different religions and keeping the peace there. These one could argue to themselves and you could argue to themselves, even if they’re not an ardent right wing Zionist, that the easy and quickest solution would just be to annex the whole thing and do it painlessly and quick with lead.

Just get it over with. Right. So, yeah, this is something that much more so than annexation of the West Bank. And Jordan Valley has a lot of support in Israel.

Yeah, because if they had done this immediately, I mean, why why else would these wars have been fought? Obviously, they could not have achieve these goals in 1948. They tried it could not achieve the goals that they wanted in the Six Day War in 1967, although incrementally they have achieved these goals slowly over time. They have achieved the goals, but it’s not fast enough. Right. Jig Nats want more. And then there are ultranationalists to the right of Netanyahu that want even more than what the official gick that narrative is through Trump. I mean, imagine I know this is hard to imagine because you’re not Jewish, but imagine being a Jew in Israel and thinking that Netanyahu is a cook and Trump is a cut, too. But there are a lot of them who feel that way because not enough is happening quickly. Right. And so you have global opposition to annexation as well. The West Bank is internationally recognized for now, for now as held under military occupation by Israel. Israel disputes this, of course, and has created 200 Israeli settlements there in the West Bank. Now, with over 400000 Israelis living in that region on somebody else’s land. So an Israeli annexation would likely be opposed internationally because the plan would violate multiple principles. Number one, the principle of territorial integrity that the territories should not be acquired by war, which they have been as stated in this U.N.

Resolution 242. I’m not going to bore people with this, but it would be a violation of the Oslo Accords and the permanent day to day control of the civilian population by a foreign power. Right. So these are all these tenants where this would be a violation. But Israel’s done it anyway. Nobody’s really stopped them. And it’s kind of continue to pace. And they played this game where, you know, United States comes in as the bad guy, the big asshole in the room, the golomb of Israel that gets trotted out every time there’s a problem. But nobody’s actually stopping this. But you have sort of, you know, I guess, token objection in these various countries to this prospect. But run the time out long enough, James. Right. Like, drag the decades out long enough. Who is gaining ground and who is losing ground? Oh, absolutely. Is Israel is winning. Palestinians are losing. And this Middle East peace plan by Jared Kushner. It basically says, like, yeah, we’re gonna do this and you don’t even get to have a seat at the table. I mean, normally, we would have invited you in the room, but you’re not welcome. We’re just gonna do this now and you’re not going to do anything about it.

Yeah, that’s exactly right. And they have got, you know, generally in the Israeli community, in the Israeli press, have come to the conclusion that this is going to happen. It’s simply a it’s a matter of it’s almost like when you have to fire someone who’s an employee. Right. They know that this decision has been made, but now they’re coming to terms with how they tell that person. It’s like, yeah, Palestinians like we’re taking all of your territory. What’s the what’s the most diplomatic way we can put this? And the other element here, too, is that even if the European powers, again, wanted to stop this, even if Belgium was really upset or France or or Sweden were really upset about this, what are they going to do? Right. Even back in the back in the 90s and the 2000s, what are they going to do? And does this matter as much to them? And this is this is the what you get with the US as this massive Israeli golomb is they are going to be calculating, is sabotaging our relationship and incurring the wrath of the U.S. worth standing up against Israel. And because there was never an ability of these European countries or world powers generally to put up a united front against the U.S. in Israel. It’s it’s continued unabated, relatively unabated until we’re at where we are today.

Yeah, I mean, they would have given leaders of France, leaders of Belgium the same choice that they gave John F. Kennedy.

You can have silver or you can have lead. You get one or the other. And most people take silver and some people take lead. And when you try to get in the way of Israel getting nuclear weapons, you get led. And that’s what happened. I mean, that’s I mean, pretty much there’s no reason to suspend all this time on these conspiracy theories that boomers have for decades. But pretty simple to understand in hindsight. And so it’s nineteen eighty your Benjamin Netanyahu. And you’ve been made ambassador to the U.S. for Israel. How do you get from there. Nineteen eighty four. And where he was then to today, where you’re on the precipice of annexation of the West Bank in the Jordan Valley. And you have gotten the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital and move the embassy there. I mean, you’re Benjamin Netanyahu over the course of 30 years has just been racking up those wins. Hundred and thirty five years, really just just going ham on this stuff. But how does he get there? Right. Because it doesn’t just you don’t just wave a magic wand and make it happen. And and we know because we’ve talked about this, that when Bibi was ambassador to the U.S. for Israel, he was already friends with Fred Trump. Nineteen eighty four here. He knew Donald Trump.

He also knew the Rebbie. And the Rebbie is very interesting guy. And we’re gonna talk about the Revy here and talk about how bad, Lubavitcher, when you talk about Netanyahu and how all of this got started, because you don’t get from where things were in 1984 to where things are today. And it’s not just with annexation. It’s not just with the embassy move because those things, they don’t wanting to do those things for a while. And previous American presidents kept signing the waiver and they weren’t allowing it to move forward. They kept signing the waiver every six months. We’ll talk about that, too. But they weren’t getting what they want. But now all of a sudden, you have all these nationalist populist leaders all over Europe and America and Latin America with both scenario. I mean, you know, you have all these chips on the board. Now, how do you make that happen? How do you transform politics in all of these white countries? Well, we talked about that a little bit with Arthur Finkelstein and how that’s worked and all of his proteges and how that has evolved. But we have to go back to the beginning to understand the goals that these people had that they wanted to accomplish and they needed to accomplish accomplish them quickly per the jig net sort of doctrine.

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