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Former NBA superstar Charles Barkley took a hilarious jab at President Joe Biden during a recent episode of TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”
While discussing whether fans should be allow to vote for players on the All Star teams, Barkley said, “We let the fans vote. Look what happened last time they got to vote for president.”
The anti-Biden comment appeared to shock the other co-hosts who were quite sure how to respond. WATCH:
Charles Barkley: "We let the fans vote. Look what happened last time they got to vote for president." 😅pic.twitter.com/cEIFy2fgyK
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 27, 2023
Fact check: true. The Barkley comment carries with it much the same attitude as the apocryphal Churchill quote about democracy, which is “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Given that Biden is president, Churchill sure should have said that if he didn’t.
Co-host Adam Lefkoe said, “Alright,” which was followed by a few chuckles. “Hey now,” Lefkoe continued. “Uh. Mavs/Suns is going to be our late game tonight. It’s going to be Luka against Charles’ Suns. The Suns are on a four…”
Both Barkley and Shaquel O’Neill started laughing to themselves. Lefkoe said, “Man, you’re really giving it to me tonight.”
A recent NBC poll showed that a staggering 71% of Americans say the country is on the wrong track. The poll showed that only 34% of Americans believe Biden is “honest and trustworthy” and only 32% believe he has “the ability to handle a crisis.”
Biden’s lowest marks were related to his competence and health. Only 31% of American believe Biden is competent and effective as president while 28% said he has the necessary mental and physical health to be president.
Good Sunday morning —
Americans are losing confidence in their institutions — including the police — and their political leaders. The latest NBC News polls paints a picture of a deeply pessimistic country.
More than 70% of Americans say the nation is on the "wrong track." pic.twitter.com/YG6eoPjYUO
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 29, 2023
23% of poll respondents said he’s uniting the country.
More from NBC:
Many of these scores are down significantly from when Biden first took office, according to the poll.
“Since January 2021, Biden has dropped 17 points on uniting the country, 15 points on his ability to handle a crisis, 13 points on being knowledgeable and experienced enough to handle the presidency, and 9 points on being honest and trustworthy,” said Horwitt, the Democratic pollster.
What also stands out in the survey is the public’s continued sour mood: 71% believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction (essentially unchanged from the 72% who said this in November), and 64% say their family’s income is falling behind the cost of living (63% said this in Sept. 2022).