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Joe Biden's road show: A big win in California, but there's trouble ahead

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Joe Biden took his presidency on the road this week trying to address a variety of divisive issues facing the country, including but not limited to the pandemic, infrastructure, Afghanistan, China and the creepy former president who will do anything to try and stay in the daily news cycle.

Donald Trump's ability to be mentioned is clearly tied to him spewing foul rhetoric so bereft of facts and reality that you would take it as an SNL parody skit — until you realize it's Trump and he's simply bat-guano nuts. He has stepped up his rhetoric with multiple press releases in any given news cycle, reminding us forever why it's so nice he's no longer on Twitter. His many rants against getting vaccinated while claiming responsibility for creating the "Trump vaccine" gives most of the sane world the impression he is the political equivalent of a toddler in a high chair throwing food around to get attention.

But millions respond to Trump's antics because they agree with Trump, are envious of the attention he receives or perhaps are compromised in ways that would make a contortionist blush.

At the end of a long day of multi-state travel on Monday, Biden found himself in Long Beach, California, to stump for Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faced a recall election and addressed some of the stupidest things Trump and his minions continue to say about the ongoing pandemic.

The Trump minions had been particularly vocal about Newsom and were pushing to oust a governor who has sided with the CDC and science in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. And, as one Trumper told me on Monday night, "We just want to wipe that smirk off of his face."

In retrospect, the recall was a long shot. Biden nonetheless wanted to help drive a stake through the hoary heart of the California Trumpers, specifically, and national Trump supporters in general by helping to make sure Newsom wasn't recalled.

Biden landed on time at the Long Beach airport, appeared at the top of the stairs of Air Force One with…
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