You know the leftist media is flailing in their attempts to defend President Biden when they start comparing him to beloved former President Ronald Reagan on national television. That is exactly what NPR's Michel Martin did on Sunday's episode of ABC's This Week.
During This Week's "Powerhouse Roundtable" discussion, the panelists were debating Biden's performance during his first year in office and what the success of his presidency will be in the years ahead. When fill-in host Martha Raddatz brought up Biden's plummeting approval ratings to NPR's Michel Martin, she had the gall to compare Biden to Reagan:
I mean, I think Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan have some similarities in the sense that they are both confronting some difficult economic conditions. I think that there is sort of regard for them personally as people who have the interests of the country on the whole at heart, even if everyone doesn't agree with their methods of achieving that.
Martin then brought up Reagan's approval ratings and attempted to equate them with Joe Biden's numbers during his first year claiming "Ronald Reagan's approval ratings, of course, there was the terrible incident you know where he was shot in his first term, which, of course, sent the country into as you would expect a sort of a collective concern for his well-being but his approval ratings were in the 40s in his second year in office."
The problem with this analogy of course is Ronald Reagan did not have liberal networks like ABC cheering him on and making excuses for him every day. Quite the contrary, Reagan was constantly smeared during his time in office. Even after his death, the media told lies about him.
Continuing on her deranged rant, Martin switched gears and rehashed the left's favorite subject of late: "voting rights".
Martin claimed the voting integrity bills being passed in Republican states have "no factual basis" which according to Martin "makes them not conservative." The left-wing NPR host then questioned whether Republican legislators are passing these bills based on "the feeling that Republican officeholders might not win?"
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ABC’s This Week
MARTHA RADDATZ: And Michel, you know, he did give himself a pat on the back. Donna did too there. In the press conference about what he’s done. But that does not seem to be translating in the polls. Lower than they have been before.
MICHEL MARTIN: Well, no, no it isn't at the moment but I go back to the Reagan administration. I mean I go back to Ronald Reagan who came in on a high. I mean, I think Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan have some similarities in the sense that they are both confronting some difficult economic conditions. I think that there is sort of regard for them personally as people who have the interests of the country on the whole at heart, even if everyone doesn't agree with their methods of achieving that, it is true that this, the current President, is in a very different media environment than Ronald Reagan confronted but I also remember that you know, Ronald Reagan's approval ratings, of course, there was the terrible incident you know where he was shot in his first term, which, of course, sent the country into as you would expect a sort of a collective concern for his well-being but his approval ratings were in the 40s in his second year in office, which is something that I think people forget and, yes, his party did take a drubbing at the midterms but his approval ratings recovered because as people saw that he was addressing their core concerns like the economy, then it recovered and, as of course, the country achieved some level of stability but it was a very polarizing presidency and I predict that this one will continue to be as well. I mean the infrastructure bill was a significant achievement. That is a fact. It is something that the prior President promised and never achieved and never apparently made any significant effort toward achieving so that is an accomplishment.
The voting rights bill is important. It is important to people who see their access to the ballot being curtailed. I mean and the fact that Republicans continue -- for Republicans and the people who support their point of view on this continue to point to the massive turnout in 2020, ignores the fact that Republican-led states have been aggressively litigating in this area, aggressively legislating in this area for the entire year throughout 2020, and in continuing into the 2021 legislative session and so the circumstances under which people will vote in this year are going to be different in a number of states. I mean 19 states have passed some, what? 400 different pieces of legislation so it’s the circumstances are different. People are concerned about this. They don't need Joe Biden to tell them to be concerned about it. Just because they are concerned and I think the tell here is that there is no factual basis for these bills which makes them not conservative, I mean seem to me a core conservative principle was if it isn't broke don't fix it. Well, what then these legislators are legislating based on feelings because there is no factual basis for it. Even the people who support them who say and will assert that voter fraud is exceedingly rare, it's become more rare because there is so -- it's so difficult to accomplish. So what is the factual basis upon which these laws are being passed? Is it feelings? Is it the feeling that Republican officeholders might not win? Is it the feelings that have been stoked among Republican voters that they're not getting a fair shake? So these are real things and they don't really --
RADDATZ: Lots of real things Michel.
MARTIN: Don't need people to tell them to feel that way.