Biden: “There’s at Least One Gender”

 

Disingenuousness is the lifeblood of political lifers, but for Joe Biden, it’s the very air he breathes. How could it be otherwise given the impossible task of appeasing his party’s wild-eyed woke base without alienating those Democrats – namely, African Americans – who still have at least one foot tethered to reality?

Asked how many genders there are at a campaign stop in Iowa, the former vice president answered, “At least three,” which is an improvement, I suppose, on “At least one.” When pressed to elaborate, he replied, “Don’t play games with me, kid.” What’s striking – and endearing – about this last comment is its staggering cynicism. To the young college student who asked the question, gender isn’t a game: it’s an all-consuming obsession. So transparently cynical are Biden’s pseudo-appeals to millennials that I wouldn’t be surprised if his answer to the question “Can men get pregnant?” is “Sure, yeah, why not.”

Much attention has been paid to the sheer quantity of gaffes performed by the logorrheic Biden, but the inscrutability of the gaffes deserves special attention. One could place Biden quotes side by side the output of a chimp banging away on a typewriter and still be hard-pressed to tell one from the other. Did Biden really say in the lead-up to the second Gulf War that “The Saudis are fundamentally vicious anti-Americans but they’re our fundamentally vicious anti-Americans”? To ask the question is to answer it.

Biden is at his most appealing when, like Andrew Yang, he refuses to apologize. In an era when Republicans caught donning blackface are accused of culturally appropriating Democrats, an old-school Democrat regaling the country with tales about Corn Pop seems like the safest – and most entertaining – bet.

Biden is usually the last one in the room to get the joke. If politics is downstream from culture then Joe Biden is downstream from politics. The exception would be same-sex marriage, where former President Obama – God I love that phrase – found himself outmaneuvered by his white male dinosaur of a VP.

You know you’re on the wrong side of history when Joe Biden is deemed too hip for the room.

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There are 28 comments.

  1. Paul Erickson Member

    David Deeble: Asked how many genders there are at a campaign stop in Iowa, the former vice president answered “At least three,” which is an improvement, I suppose, on “At least one.”

    Though “At least one” has the advantage, so rare in Democrat pronouncements, of being true.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 3:57 AM PDT
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  2. I Walton Member

    Biden has always been a little confused by words but that’s the good part.

    • #2
    • September 21, 2019, at 4:20 AM PDT
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  3. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member

    I hate to say this, but Joe Biden is completely correct that there are three genders.

    “Gender,” used properly, is a grammar term that applies to nouns. There are three genders, masculine, feminine, and neuter. In English we see this most clearly with the pronouns he/him/his, she/her/hers, and it/its. 

    There are only two sexes, however, male and female.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 5:06 AM PDT
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  4. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble Post author

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    I hate to say this, but Joe Biden is completely correct that there are three genders.

    “Gender,” used properly, is a grammar term that applies to nouns. There are three genders, masculine, feminine, and neuter. In English we see this most clearly with the pronouns he/him/his, she/her/hers, and it/its.

    There are only two sexes, however, male and female.

    Don’t play games with me, kid. 

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    • September 21, 2019, at 5:31 AM PDT
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  5. GrannyDude Member

    I want a “Free Corn Pop” t-shirt.

    • #5
    • September 21, 2019, at 5:54 AM PDT
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  6. GrannyDude Member

    Or maybe “Justice for Corn Pop.” 

    Biden misgendered him and threatened to put him back in chains. 

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    • September 21, 2019, at 5:55 AM PDT
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  7. Stad Thatcher

    I will vote for Joe Biden if he appears at the next Democrat debate in blackface . . .

    • #7
    • September 21, 2019, at 6:12 AM PDT
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  8. Percival Thatcher

    I am dismayed that none of the tools moderators at any of the Democratic primary debates have asked the candidates to recite the list of genders.

    That ought to kill a good half hour.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 6:21 AM PDT
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  9. OldPhil Coolidge

    Stad (View Comment):

    I will vote for Joe Biden if he appears at the next Democrat debate in blackface . . .

    You win the internet today.

    • #9
    • September 21, 2019, at 6:33 AM PDT
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  10. OldPhil Coolidge

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    Or maybe “Justice for Corn Pop.”

    Biden misgendered him and threatened to put him back in chains.

    Was his assumed gender children of the corn?

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    • September 21, 2019, at 6:35 AM PDT
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  11. Bob Thompson Member

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    I hate to say this, but Joe Biden is completely correct that there are three genders.

    “Gender,” used properly, is a grammar term that applies to nouns. There are three genders, masculine, feminine, and neuter. In English we see this most clearly with the pronouns he/him/his, she/her/hers, and it/its.

    There are only two sexes, however, male and female.

    Agree absolutely with this. I would rather have the argument about grammatical context than sex. Has there been significant push that there are more than two sexes?

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    • September 21, 2019, at 7:36 AM PDT
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  12. Arahant Member

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):
    I would rather have the argument about grammatical context than sex. Has there been significant push that there are more than two sexes?

    There sort of are. Some people really are born as intersex. But they are infrequent exceptions. Most of these people just have a problem with their wetware.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 7:40 AM PDT
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  13. Bob Thompson Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):
    I would rather have the argument about grammatical context than sex. Has there been significant push that there are more than two sexes?

    There sort of are. Some people really are born as intersex. But they are infrequent exceptions. Most of these people just have a problem with their wetware.

    Are you describing here a biological anomaly? I recognize there are also many various mental and/or psychological interpretations, but I have no confidence these are replicable in any meaningful way that would yield to definition as such.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 7:56 AM PDT
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  14. Arahant Member

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):
    Are you describing here a biological anomaly?

    Yes.

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):
    I recognize there are also many various mental and/or psychological interpretations, but I have no confidence these are replicable in any meaningful way that would yield to definition as such.

    Agreed.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 7:57 AM PDT
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  15. Vance Richards Member

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    I hate to say this, but Joe Biden is completely correct that there are three genders.

    “Gender,” used properly, is a grammar term that applies to nouns. There are three genders, masculine, feminine, and neuter. In English we see this most clearly with the pronouns he/him/his, she/her/hers, and it/its.

    There are only two sexes, however, male and female.

    Yes, but I doubt Biden was discussing grammar. Looking at my dictionary (copyright 1983), gender is first a grammar term (masculine, feminine, or neuter). But an alternative using is “Classification of sex.” So the idea that gender means whatever you feel like is a relatively new definition that too many people willfully go along with.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 8:21 AM PDT
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  16. Vance Richards Member

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    Or maybe “Justice for Corn Pop.”

    Biden misgendered him and threatened to put him back in chains.

    Talk about a story with no payoff at the end. They had razors, Biden had a chain. He walked out to them and said, “Sorry I called you Esther. That was wrong” and then they both walked away. When you have to brag about your “almost got in fight” then you have had a pretty safe childhood.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 9:16 AM PDT
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  17. DonG Coolidge

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    I want a “Free Corn Pop” t-shirt.

    “Corn Pop 2020”

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    • September 21, 2019, at 9:31 AM PDT
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  18. DonG Coolidge

    Vance Richards (View Comment):
    Yes, but I doubt Biden was discussing grammar. Looking at my dictionary (copyright 1983), gender is first a grammar term (masculine, feminine, or neuter). But an alternative using is “Classification of sex.” So the idea that gender means whatever you feel like is a relatively new definition that too many people willfully go along with.

    Yes, the new definition is a person’s set of characteristics at any point in time, so the correct answer is “infinity”. 

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    • September 21, 2019, at 9:34 AM PDT
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  19. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble Post author

    DonG (View Comment):

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    I want a “Free Corn Pop” t-shirt.

    “Corn Pop 2020”

    Deez Nuts-Corn Pop 2020

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    • September 21, 2019, at 11:10 AM PDT
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  20. Stad Thatcher

    David Deeble (View Comment):

    DonG (View Comment):

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    I want a “Free Corn Pop” t-shirt.

    “Corn Pop 2020”

    Deez Nuts-Corn Pop 2020

    Biden-Pop 2020. The Dems have their ticket!

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    • September 21, 2019, at 1:53 PM PDT
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  21. Arahant Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    David Deeble (View Comment):

    DonG (View Comment):

    GrannyDude (View Comment):

    I want a “Free Corn Pop” t-shirt.

    “Corn Pop 2020”

    Deez Nuts-Corn Pop 2020

    Biden-Pop 2020. The Dems have their ticket!

    That’s not a bad idea. I hear Corn Pop is dead, so he would be helping to pull in so many of the Democratic Party’s voting demographics.

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    • September 21, 2019, at 1:56 PM PDT
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  22. Stad Thatcher

    Arahant (View Comment):
    I hear Corn Pop is dead

    That sews up the Chicago vote . . .

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    • September 21, 2019, at 2:00 PM PDT
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  23. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):
    I would rather have the argument about grammatical context than sex. Has there been significant push that there are more than two sexes?

    There sort of are. Some people really are born as intersex. But they are infrequent exceptions. Most of these people just have a problem with their wetware.

    Vanishingly rare. And as far as I know, none of them have ever made a big deal about bathrooms. 

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    • September 21, 2019, at 9:30 PM PDT
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  24. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    Stad (View Comment):

    I will vote for Joe Biden if he appears at the next Democrat debate in blackface . . .

    What makes this so hilarious is that I can almost picture it happening.

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    • September 22, 2019, at 9:38 AM PDT
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  25. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Really isn’t the “one gender” the human gender? 

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    • September 22, 2019, at 2:12 PM PDT
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  26. WI Con Member

    “… the inscrutability of the gaffes deserves special attention. One could place Biden quotes side by side the output of a chimp banging away on a typewriter and still be hard-pressed to tell one from the other. “

    I’m betting that it would be Biden, plagiarizing again.

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    • September 22, 2019, at 2:18 PM PDT
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  27. Bill Nelson Member

    David Deeble: “Can men get pregnant?”

    Am I the only one who remembers Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”?

    FRANCIS: Why are you always on about women, Stan?

    STAN: I want to be one.

    REG: What?

    STAN: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me ‘Loretta’.

    REG: What?!

    LORETTA: It’s my right as a man.

    JUDITH: Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?

    LORETTA: I want to have babies.

    REG: You want to have babies?!

    LORETTA: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.

    REG: But… you can’t have babies.

    LORETTA: Don’t you oppress me.

    REG: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb! Where’s the foetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!

    LORETTA: [crying]

    JUDITH: Here! I– I’ve got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can’t actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody’s fault, not even the Romans’, but that he can have the right to have babies.

    FRANCIS: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister. Sorry.

    REG: What’s the point?

    FRANCIS: What?

    REG: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies when he can’t have babies?!

    FRANCIS: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.

    REG: Symbolic of his struggle against reality.

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    • September 23, 2019, at 12:32 PM PDT
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  28. Steven Seward Member

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    David Deeble: “Can men get pregnant?”

    Am I the only one who remembers Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”?

    FRANCIS: Why are you always on about women, Stan?

    STAN: I want to be one.

    REG: What?

    STAN: I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me ‘Loretta’.

    REG: What?!

    LORETTA: It’s my right as a man.

    JUDITH: Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?

    LORETTA: I want to have babies.

    REG: You want to have babies?!

    LORETTA: It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.

    REG: But… you can’t have babies.

    LORETTA: Don’t you oppress me.

    REG: I’m not oppressing you, Stan. You haven’t got a womb! Where’s the foetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!

    LORETTA: [crying]

    JUDITH: Here! I– I’ve got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can’t actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody’s fault, not even the Romans’, but that he can have the right to have babies.

    FRANCIS: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister. Sorry.

    REG: What’s the point?

    FRANCIS: What?

    REG: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies when he can’t have babies?!

    FRANCIS: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.

    REG: Symbolic of his struggle against reality.

    One of my favorite movies! I’ve often thought of this scene with all the perverted gender activism lately. Staggeringly pertinent here.

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    • September 25, 2019, at 1:28 PM PDT
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