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Mama Mia!

Joe Biden reveals his campaign slogan for 2020.

Love it or hate it, you have to give Donald Trump props for his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” It has taken on a life of its own since the 2016 election, becoming not only a theme for his presidency but also a rallying point for his critics—not to mention the focus of hatred for crazy people everywhere. When a red MAGA hat can set off a weeks-long national controversy, as we saw with the Covington kids, that’s some pretty powerful stuff—far more potent than the Hope & Change pablum Barack Obama deployed, which, like most of his speeches, sounded pretty good at the time but was quickly forgotten.

So what’s an up-and-coming contender to do when he wants to compete with something like that? Well, if you’re Joe Biden—who suddenly finds himself riding a wave of high polling, mostly because the media realized that every other Democrat trying to get the presidential nomination in 2020 is truly bat-guano crazy—you go back to basics. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you MAMA.

No, seriously:

Days after jumping into the 2020 race, former Vice President Joe Biden is giving his own MAGA slogan a spin.

Biden was asked what his version of President Trump’s “make America great again” slogan would be in a Good Morning America interview that aired Tuesday. “Make America moral again,” Biden told Robin Roberts.

I don’t know about putting that on a hat, but I sure could see it on a bib. Or a cute little onesie. Maybe they could even stitch MAMA on an adult-size romper and get Beto O’Rourke to wear it if Joe promises to put him on the ticket.

He continued, “Make America return to the essence of who we are, the dignity of the country, the dignity of the people, treating our people with dignity.”

Okay, now I get it. MAMA, however silly it may sound as a campaign slogan, is a whole lot easier to remember than MARTTEOWWATDOTCTDOTPTOPWD. Still might wanna reserve the URL, though, just in case one of those other whippersnappers tries to snap it up.

Biden sat down with Good Morning America shortly before his first campaign rally on Monday. He said he’s running for president to restore the “soul” and “backbone” of America and to unite the country.

Hate to break it to ya, Joe, but you remember that video you made in Charlottesville announcing your run for the White House? You know, the one in which you repeated the debunked story that Donald Trump called neo-Nazis “very fine people”? Well, spreading an inflammatory lie about the current President is a pretty poor way to unite the country. Quite the contrary, much like your comments back in 2012 to a mostly black crowd about how Republicans wanted to “put y’all back in chains,” it only serves to divide Americans against one another.

Oh, and that business about wanting to restore the “soul” and “backbone” of the American people—you know a great way to do that, Joe? By giving them the pride and purpose that comes with having a job. Amazingly, we’ve got a lot more of those ever since your old boss Barack Obama left office. That might have had something to do with Trump rolling back so many of the regulations that Obama imposed, not to mention cutting the onerous taxes that stifled growth and stuck tens of millions of people on the dole. How exactly would returning to those days help restore the soul of the people, Joe? I’d really like to know.

Also, while you’re out making America moral again, perhaps you’d care to explain why a decent man would ever do something like this?

The sad story is 29-year-old senator-elect Biden received the horrible call in December, 1972, that there was an accident in which his wife Neilia and baby daughter Naomi were killed, and his young sons Beau and Hunter severely hurt. Mrs. Biden seems to have driven into a busy intersection, into the path of an oncoming truck. Its driver was Curtis Dunn. Investigators found him blameless. Of no surprise, according to his family, his involvement in the deaths of Mrs. Biden and her daughter weighed on Dunn until his own death in 1999.

It was a heartbreaking story all around, and with officials leaving no doubt of the truck driver’s complete innocence, what was the point of doing or saying anything more than letting Neilia and Naomi Biden rest in peace? As for Joe Biden, the tragedy was so utter that the accident’s circumstances were best left unremarked. Never mind unembellished.

But embellished they became. When exactly, we don’t know. Why? That’s a question the answer to which is unfathomable — or if for political purposes, utterly deplorable. For some reason, the evidence shows, in the early 2000s, Joe Biden began to remark in public that his wife had died at the hands of someone who “allegedly . . . drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch.” That Curtis Dunn “was an errant driver who stopped to drink.” That drunk-driver story spread into news accounts. The Dunn family, who had strong sympathy for Biden, was shocked by the sullying of their now-dead father.

I’ve no doubt that America could use moral leadership. I’m just having a difficult time believing that Joe Biden is the guy to provide it.

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