After taking another shellacking at the hands of Bernie Sanders, this time in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, the early front-runner for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination, Joe Biden, claimed he was going to stage a comeback. Just as he was doing so, MSNBC’s live coverage of his speech delivered an epic, timely, and unintentional counter to his claim that has to be seen to be appreciated.
Biden has endured fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary before coming in second place in Nevada, albeit a very distant second. The latest NBC caucus results in Nevada have Sanders with 46.6% and Biden with 19.2%.
“You all did it for me now, now we go to South Carolina and I’m going to take this back!” Biden told a gathering of his supporters in North Las Vegas.
The Cameras Don’t Lie
In that wound-licking speech, Biden was trying to rally the faithful. “You know the press is ready to declare people dead quickly. But we’re alive and we’re coming back and we’re gonna win,” he declared.
But with a sense of epic irony, almost as if scripted, MSNBC at that point cut away from the Biden concession to interrupt with “breaking news.”
“We have been listening to vice president Joe Biden speaking in Nevada. We are projecting that Bernie Sanders — NBC News projects Bernie Sanders the winner in Nevada. Brand new, breaking news numbers coming right out of Nevada,” the announcer said as the camera coverage switched from the Biden stage to a graphic and photo of Sanders indicating the socialist was the projected winner.
this is absolutely brutal timing pic.twitter.com/f1CX9VLKNg
— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 23, 2020
Classic! Sometimes even the leftist media connects with a solid blow, though one would have to wager it was unintentional.
Unaware of the MSNBC diss, Biden went on to extend a promise of future glory to his very patient supporters. “I think we’re in a position now to move on in a way that we haven’t been until this moment. We’re going to win in South Carolina and then Super Tuesday.”
2020 Watch: A pumped up @JoeBiden tells supporters at a post #NevadaCaucus speech in Las Vegas “I think we’re ready in a position now than we haven’t been until this moment. We’re going to win in South Carolina and then Super Tuesday” #2020election #Election2020 #JoeBiden pic.twitter.com/Z93nphGFzY
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) February 23, 2020
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) February 23, 2020
Biden also got in an apparent dig at a couple of rivals when he said, “I’m a Democrat and I’m proud of it.”
Sanders is a longtime independent who calls himself a Democratic Socialist. Mike Bloomberg is a one-time Republican who became an independent before recently turning Democrat.
Biden’s reason for optimism, as told to reporters, was that he’d beat Sanders by just moving on from Nevada.
Biden spoke with reporters after greeting voters at a precinct location today. Says they’ve raised “over a million bucks” after the debate. @katieglueck asked how he’d beat Sanders if he wins NV. Biden says he’ll beat him by just moving on. Entire gaggle here: pic.twitter.com/snRUw57HD8
— Madeleine Rivera (@madeleinerivera) February 22, 2020
Presidential Congrats to “Crazy Bernie”
Meanwhile, President Trump seemed anxious to get on with what may be a destined head-to-head match-up against Sanders in November, which by most accounts would result in a landslide victory for Trump. He tweeted out congratulations to “Crazy Bernie” and hammered the rest of the “weak” field of Democrat contenders.
Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates. Congratulations Bernie, & don’t let them take it away from you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2020
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