Joe Biden hasn’t been thinking things through, though that’s a common theme. Just yesterday, he blamed the interviewer for his racist “you ain’t black” comment, if that gives you an idea of how things have been going lately. He was talking to CNN, so that meant no push back ensued.
Meanwhile, in a public comment yesterday, Biden had this to say. See if you can spot the problem.
Biden today, per pooler @JTHVerhovek : " on the day I am officially elected, before I'm sworn in — even though he'll probably contest we didn't win — I'm going to immediately have to be on the phone with key European and Asian leaders to tell them America's back."
— Katie Glueck (@katieglueck) May 26, 2020
So let me get this straight. If Biden is elected, he’s going to start calling other countries and dictating foreign policy to them before he’s sworn in? Well, that’s very interesting. I mean, it’s not like Democrats have been wringing their hands over the Logan Act for the last four years or anything. In fact, the entire pretense of the Michael Flynn setup was that he had broken the Logan Act by talking to the Russians.
But here’s Biden announcing to the world that he’s going to break the very law his party and their media allies tried to lionize when they thought they could target Trump officials with it. No, I’m not exaggerating. References to the Logan Act have been legion over Trump’s term, including just recently as some tried to justify what happened to Flynn by still citing the little-used law. A simple Google search will pull up more examples than you’ll have time to read.
In reality, the Logan Act is unconstitutional trash. It should never be prosecuted, nor should it ever be used as a pretense to squeeze someone as in the Flynn case. It should be repealed as law with extreme prejudice. Some of us have been consistent on that point.
What’s annoying is the selective use of the law by the left to try to score PR victories. When Republican senators wrote an open letter to Iran warning them that the Iran deal was not a treaty and could be overridden in the future, the press lit up with hot takes that they’d violated the Logan Act. When John Kerry openly flirts with the Iranians to undermine American foreign policy, the Logan Act is suddenly reported as a misguided law that shouldn’t be enforced. When it’s Michael Flynn simply telling the Russians to not be rash, it’s a Logan Act violation that the FBI must pursue at the urging of the Obama administration. When it’s Joe Biden proclaiming he’s gonna break the Logan Act, no one cares. None of this makes sense and it’s emblematic of how partisan matters of law have become.
Regardless, Biden should probably get elected first before pontificating on what laws he’s going to break afterward.