Vice President Mike Pence on Friday issued an ominous warning about electing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — and wound up facing instant ridicule.
During a campaign speech in Wisconsin, Pence outlined the stakes for America in the upcoming election.
“Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline,” he said.
As many Twitter users were quick to point out, the United States at the moment is already perceived to be in decline, as it is grappling with double-digit unemployment and the highest numbers of COVID-19 infections and fatalities of any country in the world.
Additionally, polling shows that just 24 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction, while 69 percent say it’s going in the wrong direction.
Check out some reactions to Pence’s speech below.
Has VP Pence looked out his window lately? Or looked at the news? Or maybe that data that is no longer being sent to the CDC?
America is already in decline because of his and Trump's failures! Time for them to go!
— Mark Maunder (@NotInPoliteCo) July 17, 2020
"A Path of socialism and decline"? Where has he been in the past 4 years? pic.twitter.com/Ub110VXLY3
— George Orwell’s Ghost (@Orwellian25) July 17, 2020
Mike Pence is not aware of how far we have declined under Trump's one-person rule. He is not even aware! That is why I'm voting for Joe.
— Peter Konieczko (@sandboxpete) July 17, 2020
OH OH MORE DECLINE THAN THIS ADMINISTRATION? REPUBLICANS GREED AND LACK OF HUMANITY IS DISGRACEFUL! I WOULD RATHER LIVE POOR IN A HUT WITH MY LOVED ONES "ALIVE" THAN HAVE A LOADED BANK ACCOUNT! FAMILY AND PEACE OF MIND OVER HATE, DOLLARS AND THE REPUBLICAN WAY ANY DAY
— American citizen w/sense (@BJuanittab39) July 17, 2020
As said by someone leading a charge that has already killed more thank 140K Americans. So much winning, Mike.
— Jason C Hopcus (@JasonCHopcus) July 17, 2020
30 million out of work who need government assistance and this is how you plan to win their vote?
— Jaynie's Got a Bun (@FreeGirlNowNYC) July 17, 2020
Yeah, there's "opportunity".
The "opportunity" to die from COVID
To lose your employer based HC.
To have Trump regulate women's reproductive rights.
To have servicemembers die at the hands of Russian bounties.
To have tens of millions unemployed.
To have Trump line his pockets.
— Jeff "Screaming Inside His Heart" Cronin (@CroninJThomas) July 17, 2020
Kind of rich from the Administration sending it's gestapo to Portland while overseeing an economic depression and a pandemic. So is it that the Trump Administration is just dumb as a box of rocks or do they just assume their voters are? Or both?
— Alan (@JudahTheHammer) July 17, 2020
"Decline" is the entire result of the #MAGA mantra. It's the sad reality we now live in.
— Pithy Quips (@PithyQuips) July 17, 2020
I mean, 140k dead and millions unemployed…how is that NOT a decline? Monsters, all of them. Don’t let Pence’s false piety fool you. https://t.co/CXWSIZEKSv
— KateeBar (@KateeBar) July 17, 2020
Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department banned from the building: report
The Associated Press reported Thursday that President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department was barred from entering the building.
The report revealed that Heidi Stirrup, "an ally of top Trump adviser Stephen Miller," was pressuring Justice Department staff to hand over sensitive documents and information about alleged "election fraud" and other issues that are important to Trump.
Attorney General Bill Barr told the AP on Tuesday that there was no widespread election fraud or voter fraud, as Trump has claimed for the past several weeks since losing the 2020 election. Trump alleged that Barr “hasn’t looked very hard."
Obama says some Black men are persuaded by Trump’s ‘macho’ bravado bragging about women and money
In part two of the SnapChat interview with President Barack Obama, Peter Hamby asked how President Donald Trump was able to persuade so many Black men to support him over President-elect Joe Biden.
When Obama was elected he got about 95 percent of the Black vote, where Biden got about 80 percent.
"Well, look, I think men, generally, are more susceptible to public figures who act tough, sort of the stereotypical macho style," Obama said, while videos of Trump showing off his flabby muscles appeared. "I don't think Black men are immune to that any more than White or Hispanic men are. A lot of the values of pop culture are extolling wealth, power, frankly, greed, not thinking about other people because you're so ruthless you're just looking out for yourself."
‘I’m utterly embarrassed’: Michigan Republican admits Rudy Giuliani ‘waded into the realm of insanity’
Michigan state Rep. Aaron Miller, a Republican, this week accused Rudy Giuliani of entering the "realm of insanity" with his testimony to lawmakers in Michigan.
Miller made the remarks following Giuliani's wild testimony to the Michigan House Oversight Committee.
"I’m happy to thoughtfully listen to evidence and claims and that was what today was supposed to be about, but Mr. Giuliani’s final statement waded into the realm of insanity," Miller said, according to The Detroit News. "He made wild and broad partisan insults for several minutes that had nothing to do with the election, and it was frankly unacceptable, shameful, and pathetic and distracts from any evidence that we might hear."