California gubernatorial nominee Brian Dahle (R) attempted to make a joke about Joe Biden at Sunday's debate against Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).
We dare you to watch this without cringing. pic.twitter.com/gKBdzCne5D
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Great debate moments.
One out-of-the-ordinary moment came when Dahle was asked whether Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election.
“He did win the election, but the big question is does he know that. That’s what I wonder sometimes,” Dahle said.
It was very clearly a “Joe Biden is senile” quip, and moderator Scott Shafer of KQED pressed Dahle to say as much directly. After Dahle said, “I wonder sometimes if he actually realizes that he’s president of the United States,” Newsom jumped in to defend Biden’s honor.
“Of course he recognizes it,” Newsom said. “You’re insulting the president of the United States. Of course he understands he’s president of the United States.”
Weak, really weak. Unless Newsom is deliberately undermining Biden, that’s a really poor defense, heavy on the faux outrage and low on the actual credibility scale.
Newsom is a weak candidate and a weak debater who leaned heavily on prescripted smash mouth rants that were meant to make him look tough and like a contender, but when faced with unexpected responses outside the lefty echo chamber, Newsom comes apart like a cheap rug on his head. Not a good look for the naked emperor who would be president.