Welcome to the RedState Weekly Briefing — where we take a quick look at the week’s most viewed stories in case you missed any of them. Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with this 21st Century Weekend Edition of your favorite (online) publication!
#1 – Biden’s Humiliating Actions in London for the Queen’s Funeral — by Nick Arama
Biden had the option of going to the funeral with other world leaders in special shuttle buses but he turned that down, instead getting a dispensation to take his limo, which they flew in. I’m not sure why he did that — perhaps to minimize his contact with other world leaders who might see his various issues. Perhaps for security reasons, although the other world leaders put that aside to go together.
However, what that meant was that Biden then got stuck in traffic due to the funeral and the tight security. Because Biden was late, that may also have affected where he ended up sitting. When he arrived he was forced to stand until a procession of George and Victoria Cross-holders went ahead of them down the nave of the abbey. Biden and his wife were then seated 14 rows back. That left Biden nine rows behind the execrable Trudeau. That’s because members of Commonwealth nations were seated in front of other dignitaries. However, Biden was also one row behind the Polish president, Polish President Andrzej Duda, but in front of the Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
When it comes to bad economic news, there are two ways to handle it as a president. The right way is to admit the truth and then lay out a quantifiable plan for how to improve things. Americans are very forgiving of politicians who speak plainly to them. On the other hand, the wrong way is to simply pretend like everything is actually great and that anyone who doesn’t think so is an idiot. Guess which strategy Biden has chosen?
The dismissive snark about an 8.3 inflation rate that is crushing the poor and middle-class is just astonishing to witness. His skin is so thin you can see straight through it, and while I know Biden doesn’t have to live with any of the consequences of his policies, you’d think he could at least fake it a little. Besides, his excuse doesn’t even make sense. Who cares if the rate only went up “an inch” if the overall rate is still sky-high? Core inflation continues to rise, mainly driven by food and housing (including rent) prices.
#3 – Adam Carolla Refuses to Apologize, Insists AOC ‘Sounds Like an Idiot’ — by Alex Parker
The ability to properly apologize is a valuable life skill. But according to Adam Carolla, sometimes “sorry” merely leads to more suffering.
Reporter John Stossel recently interviewed Adam about his unusual place in entertainment: He’s accepted by leftwing peers, despite many outspoken opinions that were once radically mainstream yet are now considered “conservative.” He routinely makes statements the vast majority of Hollywood surely wouldn’t go near, but none are ever followed by mea culpas.
He’s certainly not scared to squat over sacred cows.
#4 – Why Is the DOJ Trying to Destroy Mike Lindell, the Pillow Guy? — by Bob Hoge
Of course, this being today’s DOJ, the subpoena demands “all records and information” from his phone that might involve the seven other individuals named. The phrase “all records and information” seems to be turning up a lot lately, doesn’t it?
In a nutshell, the investigation is probing Lindell’s effort to analyze voting data from machines in several jurisdictions. Did he break the law to get some of this information? Time will tell, but it sure has the smell of FBI overkill once again. For instance, most of the rest of the CNN article goes on to describe Lindell’s efforts to promote his view that the election was stolen. Newsflash: that is not a crime.
#5 – Obama ‘Ethics’ Head and Other Dems Lose Their Minds Over Gesture Made at Trump Rally — by Nick Arama
I’ve watched a lot of Trump rallies and I haven’t seen anyone make that gesture before. I think perhaps since the visuals came right after he was talking about unity, “Americans kneel to God and God alone” and America being “one people…one glorious American nation,” perhaps it’s a affirmation of that fact. Trump was talking about everyone being one unified nation — something everyone should be in favor of. Unlike Joe Biden, who attacked millions of Americans as extremists because they believe in making America great again. To compare this gesture at the Trump rally to a Nazi salute and suggest that because they’re raising their fingers they are somehow fascists as Shaub and several others on the left did is just beyond ridiculous. Frankly, it’s shameful and divisive.