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The Internet is forever and that is a lesson that President Joe Biden is learning in a humiliating way.
The president tweeted, two years to the day that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order for, what he calls “peacekeeping troops,” to move into Ukraine, a message that insinuated Putin was frightened of him and not President Donald trump who he was campaigning against.
“Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President,” he said in the Feb. 21, 2020 tweet. “He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.”
Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 21, 2020
Conservatives on Twitter reminded him of this tweet, not so nicely.
“Two years to the day this tweet aged like … well like Joe Biden,” yours truly said.
Two years to the day this tweet aged like … well like Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/vjIBCCFfjL
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) February 22, 2022
“Exactly 2 years ago today. Look at this fool,” former Assistant Secretary to the Treasury, Monica Crowley, said.
Exactly 2 years ago today.
Look at this fool. https://t.co/uch1UVUnDe
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) February 21, 2022
“This is the worst Tweet of all time. OF ALL TIME,” journalist JD Rucker said.
This is the worst Tweet of all time.
OF ALL TIME. https://t.co/kiljAKFvHZ
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) February 19, 2022
“I hope CNN and MSNBC are happy with themselves,” Newsbusters editor Curtis Houck said.
I hope CNN and MSNBC are happy with themselves. https://t.co/lePsEWPDmP
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 21, 2022
“How’s this tweet aging?” former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted.
How's this tweet aging? https://t.co/41wnVOeG0M
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) February 22, 2022
“This did not age well…,” Republican Texas Rep. Pat Fallon quipped.
This did not age well… https://t.co/Cu32Q69Jns
— Rep. Pat Fallon (@RepPatFallon) February 22, 2022
“You were saying…?” Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said, tongue in cheek.
You were saying…? https://t.co/m9nHJrmRyH
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) February 22, 2022
“This tweet did not age well,” British conservative Nigel Farage mocked.
This tweet did not age well. https://t.co/3pVLoU8CFd
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) February 21, 2022
“Joe, Vladimir Putin thinks you’re a joke. Joe, Xi Jinping thinks you’re a joke. Joe, the Supreme Leader of Iran, thinks you’re a joke. Joe, Kim Jong-un thinks you’re a joke. Joe, our adversaries, think YOU’RE A JOKE,” Republican Florida Rep. Byron Donalds said.
Joe, Vladimir Putin thinks you're a joke.
Joe, Xi Jinping thinks you're a joke.
Joe, the Supreme Leader of Iran, thinks you're a joke.
Joe, Kim Jong-un thinks you're a joke.
Joe, our adversaries, think YOU'RE A JOKE. https://t.co/0UzCzXfZd6
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) February 22, 2022
“Any update on this Sleepy?” Sebastian Gorka said.
Any update on this Sleepy? https://t.co/9VJ44WFmr5
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) February 22, 2022
“Always remember that the DC media pushed this narrative. @maggieNYT led the way with this phony partisan message. Putin didn’t invade Ukraine when Trump was President. Putin did it twice – when Obama and Biden were in charge,” former Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said.
Always remember that the DC media pushed this narrative. @maggieNYT led the way with this phony partisan message.
Putin didn’t invade Ukraine when Trump was President. Putin did it twice – when Obama and Biden were in charge. https://t.co/1Ruq0V8wJ3
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) February 22, 2022
On February 20 it was reported that the United States has intelligence that says Russian troops have been given orders to invade Ukraine, CBS News reported.
The U.S. has intelligence that Russian commanders have received orders to proceed with an invasion of Ukraine, with commanders on the ground making specific plans for how they would maneuver in their sectors of the battlefield, a U.S. official told CBS News.
The orders don’t mean an invasion is a certainty, as Russian President Vladimir Putin could still change the orders if he changes his mind, the official said.
“The President was very clear that he is convinced by U.S. intelligence that this invasion will happen, that President Putin decided to do it,” CBS News “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan said to CBS News correspondent David Martin. “How was he that certain?”
“Because the intelligence says that Russian troops have actually received orders now, to proceed with the invasion,” he responded. “So not only are they moving up closer and closer to the border into these attack positions, but the commanders on the ground are making specific plans for how they would maneuver in their sector of the battlefield.”
“They’re doing everything that American commanders would do once they got the order to proceed,” he said.
The United States embassy in Russia has advised Americans to have an evacuation plan, citing a threat from Moscow, Reuters reported.
“According to media sources, there have been threats of attacks against shopping centers, railway and metro stations, and other public gathering places in major urban areas, including Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as in areas of heightened tension along the Russian border with Ukraine,” the embassy said in an alert to United States citizens.
Citizens were advised to “Monitor local and international media for updates avoid crowds, notify friends and family of your safety, be aware of your surroundings, stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners, review your personal security plans, carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Russian visa and have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.”