You know, one of the reasons why our economy is growing is because of you and many others. Why? Because we welcome immigrants. We look to – the reason – look, think about it – why is China stalling so badly economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia? Why is India? Because they’re xenophobic. They don’t want immigrants.

That was Joe Biden at a May 1 fundraiser. White House mouthpiece Karine Jean-Pierre claimed Biden was saying that “we are a nation of immigrants,” and only making a “broad comment” about Japan and India. As the American allies doubtless noted, Biden has not made a similar criticism of Iran, a major adversary and not exactly a magnet for immigrants.

Biden may have been imitating Hillary Clinton, but as Paul Johnson noted in Modern Times, the “phobia” charge goes back to Freud, the first to charge that those who disagreed with him were somehow mentally deficient. Just so Biden knows, there is nothing wrong with any nation that does not want to accept millions of foreign nationals with no criminal background checks, health safeguards, job prospects or language skills. On the other hand, there’s a lot that’s wrong with Joe Biden.

Even hagiographical hooey like Mark Bowden’s 2010 Atlantic profile outed the Delaware Democrat as an semi-literate ignoramus. As his latest episode confirms, Biden still has trouble distinguishing allies from adversaries. Conrad Black called him a waxworks effigy of a president but the Delaware Democrat acts more like a national undertaker.

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