While giving his Christmas address late last week, President Joe Biden complained that American politics have become excessively “divided” and “angry.”
However, the president’s critics quickly pointed out that much of the anger and division has come from Biden himself.
Biden says Americans “see each other as enemies not neighbors”
During his speech last Thursday, Biden decried the prevalence of animosity and division among Americans, saying, “Our politics has gotten so angry, so mean, so partisan and too often we see each other as enemies not neighbors.”
“As Democrats and Republicans, not as fellow Americans,” the president went on to declare, insisting, “We’ve become too divided.”
Yet as Not the Bee pointed out, Biden seemed oblivious to his own rhetoric, with the website pointing to a speech he gave earlier in the fall.
As he spoke in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall earlier this year, Biden lashed out at supporters of former President Donald Trump, accusing them of being dangerous extremists.
Biden accused GOP of threatening “the very foundations of our republic”
This included accusing Republicans of being “determined to take this country backward” while launching an attack threat to “equality and democracy.”
President Joe Biden, speaking from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, said “equality and democracy” are under assault in the United States thanks to the extreme supporters of former President Donald Trump.
— The Philadelphia Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) September 2, 2022
Biden declared at another point in his speech that those who voted for his predecessor “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
He also insisted that ” MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.”
What’s more, the president asserted that “the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country.”
Biden dividing, not uniting
According to him, Republicans “embrace anger” and “thrive on chaos” while choosing “to live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies.”
“MAGA Republicans look at America and see carnage and darkness and despair,” Biden contended before accusing his opponents of spreading “fear and lies –- lies told for profit and power.”
As he drew to a close, the president asserted Americans “must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving American democracy than MAGA Republicans are to — to destroying American democracy.”