Stephen Colbert Says Joe Biden Is the Reason Republicans Won Virginia
Stephen Colbert said the reason Republicans snatched victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race was due to voters being “upset” with President Joe Biden.
On Wednesday, The Late Show host spoke about the disappointing performance for Democrats in gubernatorial races across the country.
In Virginia, Republicans pulled off a stunning victory as Glenn Youngkin overcame the odds to beat Terry McAuliffe, becoming the first of his party elected as governor for the state since November 2009.
In response to the Democrats’ crushing defeat, Colbert said: “So, it was a disappointing night for Democrats, but Democrats are used to being disappointed. That’s why they are changing their logo from the donkey to Eeyore.”
But the host explained why he was not surprised by the result and said he had “already endured the worst election in American history,” recalling his personal despair when Donald Trump was elected as president in 2016.
Referring to articles on CNN and the New York Times, Colbert said: “You see, both Virginia and New Jersey have a historical pattern of electing governors in off-year elections who are from the opposite party of the sitting president.
“In Virginia, it’s happened in 10 of the last 11 elections. It makes sense because people tend to vote more when they’re upset with the person in power. And right now, that person is Joe Biden. Voting is like democracy’s Yelp! review. You never leave a comment when the soup was tasty, but if you bring me still water when I asked for sparkling, I will burn your bistro to the ground.”
During the campaign, Governor-elect Youngkin focused on “parental rights” and incited conservative outrage on issues such as critical race theory, mask mandates and vaccination requirements.
McAuliffe, instead, aimed to siphon moderate Republican support by comparing Youngkin to former President Trump and took an opposite stance from Youngkin on pandemic restrictions.
As Democrats carry out a post-mortem on their defeat in Virginia, recent polls have delivered a dire diagnosis on Biden’s approval ratings.
While Biden remains more popular than Trump, his approval ratings have plummeted since he entered office in January.
Recent polls put Trump and Biden’s favorability ratings within 2 to 4 percentage points of each other, although the Democrat regularly was higher than his Republican rival.
An NBC News poll shared on Sunday found 40 percent of the 1,000 people surveyed had a positive view of Biden and 38 percent had a positive view of Trump.
Newsweek has contacted Youngkin’s team for comment.
2 years into pandemic, original virus nowhere as variants take over
Data from GISAID has revealed the current dominance of the GK clade, to which the Delta variant belongs, in nearly every continent
It was almost two years ago that a mysterious virus emerged in Wuhan in China’s Hubei province and soon spread worldwide. Now, as the world prepares for another bout with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the original strain is nowhere to be seen.
According to the nomenclature set by the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID) — the world’s largest database of novel coronavirus genome sequences — the S and L clades of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were found at the beginning of the pandemic.
A clade is “a group of organisms that all originate from a common ancestor.” During the early days of the pandemic, while S remained prevalent, L split into G and V, after which G split into several other branches.
Data from GISAID — visualised by the Computational Bioscience Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia — reveals the current dominance of the GK clade, to which the delta variant belongs, in nearly every continent.
In Africa, its proportion is 34.41 per cent, in Asia it is 52.04 per cent, in Australia and Oceania it is 51.17 per cent, in Europe it is 51.16 per cent and in North America, it is 53.17 per cent.
South America is the only continent where the lambda variant, a variant of interest (VOI) first found in Peru in December 2020, dominates at 53.91 per cent. Here, the GK clade accounts for 24.99 per cent.
The WHO’s latest weekly epidemiologicalon COVID-19 from November 23 also maintains the delta variant continues to dominate across the globe “with the prevalence of other variants continuing to decline.”
The GRY clade’s proportion, to which the UK variant belongs, stands at 27.65 per cent in Europe, followed by 17.08 per cent in Asia, 13.38 per cent in North America and 5.15 per cent in Africa. Its presence in South America and Australia and Oceania is extremely low, at 0.16 per cent and 1.31 per cent respectively.
In Africa, the beta variant — first found in South Africa in December 2020 — belonging to the GH clade is most rampant after the delta variant at 16.2 per cent. Its proportion in other continents is less than 5 per cent, barring North America where its figure stands at 7.23 per cent.
The original strain was in circulation in early 2020 after which the G clade took over, according to GISAID data. The original strain was in high proportions and took longer to phase out in Asia, while the G clade took over rapidly in North America.
The L and S clades were hardly in circulation in South America, Africa and Oceania and were quickly replaced by G clades. In January 2021, the L and S clade’s presence had come down to 1.2 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively.
The WHO has recognised five variants of concern (VOC) and two VOIs in the nearly two years since COVID-19 hit.
The new ‘omicron’ variant — B.1.1.529 — was first reported to the WHO November 24 from South Africa. The body noted in its statement November 26:
Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa.
It also underlines how a rise in COVID-19 cases in South Africa coincides with the detection of a new variant. Cases have increased by four times in the country in the past two weeks, as they did when the delta variant was detected.
This trend is similar to how the 1918 Spanish Flu became deadlier the second time around. Much like COVID-19, rediscovered lung samples hint the Spanish Flu virus too mutated to infect humans more severely.
Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, a virologist at Berlin’s Robert Koch Institute accidentally found several lung specimens from 1918 at the Berlin Museum of Medical History of the Charité.
His work is yet to be peer-reviewed. But his study brought the number of complete 1918 flu genomes to just three, adding a 17-year old girl who died in Munich to the list.
The first two were from New York and Alaska. His findings revealed the virus found in the 17 year-old-girl was only half as active as compared to the genome found in Alaska — hinting that the virus adapted to infect humans more severely.
The nucleoprotein from the first wave virus resembled flu viruses infecting birds. Scientists havethat over time, the virus mutated to better adapt to the human body. What the COVID-19 virus is doing is similar and better documented.
The WHO classifies a variant as a VOC when it exhibits one or more of the following changes:
in transmissibility or detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology, increase in virulence or change in clinical disease presentation, decrease in effectiveness of public health and social measures or available diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics.
There is yet to be any consensus regarding vaccines’ efficacy against the new variant but concerns remain. “(mutations) have not been observed in this combination before, and the spike protein alone has over 30 mutations. This is important, because the spike protein is what makes up most of the vaccines.”
Also, Omicron’s detection comes at a time when several countries have begun administering booster doses in the backdrop of a waning immunity against COVID-19. While several studies have revealed that antibodies reduce over time — a perfectly normal response — they are not the body’s only means to fight off an infection. The memory B and memory T cells are responsible for generating an immune response when infected.
A vaccine’s role is not to prevent infection at all but to prevent severe disease and death, which the COVID-19 vaccines have shown they can do. However, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, notes that “booster doses may be beneficial for people who are extremely vulnerable or immunocompromised,” but it remains unclear for how long it remains effective.
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Brighton transfer rumours: Manchester United take interest in Brighton star, Barcelona plot shock Albion raid
Lamptey, 21, was electric on on Saturday and created five chances in the first half alone. Had Albion’s striker been as sharp as Lamptey’s approach play, Graham Potter’ s team wuld have romped to victory.
It was Lamptey’s third Premier League start having spent almost a year on the sidelines following a serious hamstring injury.
Potter has tweaked his position since his return to the team and the more advanced role seems to suit his style.
“If he’s playing at right-back obviously he has to mark his winger and then he has to still do what he did (from an attacking perspective) on Saturday,” said Potter.
“It’s double the effort really.
“It’s whether we can save him a bit of that and play him a bit higher, but it gives us options to do one of three things: he can play as a wing-back, as a full-back or he can play as an orthodox wide player.
“I thought the team helped him, we created some good opportunities, some good spaces.”
Potter – who was fuming after the Leeds match as Albion fans booed the display at the Amex – is convinced Brighton’s lengthy wait for a Premier League victory will swiftly end if his players can replicate their display during Saturday’s frustrating stalemate with Leeds.
Albion’s winless run stretched to eight top-flight games after they squandered a host of chances against Marcelo Bielsa’s men at the Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls head has now seen his side register six draws and two defeats since a 2-1 win over Leicester more than two months ago.
Asked about dropping points, he said: “That’s just the way it is. We weren’t good enough to get the three points, or we didn’t get the three points, whatever it is.
“The thing with the Premier League is you have to keep trying to pick up points.
“We want to try and win of course, we always try to win, but for different reasons we’re caught short.
“The challenge is for us to maintain that performance level.
“If we maintain that performance level, we’ll get the wins, I’m 100 per cent confident of that.”
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