The Democratic Party, due in part to historical trends paired with abysmal approval ratings for themselves and President Joe Biden, face incredibly long odds in their bid to retain control of Congress following the upcoming midterm elections in November.
Thus, President Biden on Thursday delivered a hyper-partisan speech that repeatedly and viscerally attacked former President Donald Trump and his “MAGA” supporters in order to rally his own political base of support, The Spectator reported.
Gone were Biden’s old appeals to national peace and “unity,” now replaced by sharp rhetoric that demonized his political opposition as violent extremists who pose an imminent threat to “democracy” generally and the nation more specifically.
Damning his political opposition as an imminent national threat
President Biden delivered his speech on the “continued battle for the soul of the nation” in primetime in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, backlit by an ominous red light cast on the building’s facade and flanked by a pair of motionless U.S. Marines partially hidden in the shadows.
The president wasted little time in directly naming who he viewed as the biggest threat to America — “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
Biden said that “there is no question 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.”
The president proceeded to repeatedly hurl invectives and damning accusations against his political opponents — ironically accusing Republicans of doing many things that Democrats themselves have done in recent years — and made it abundantly clear that, in his view, the “extreme MAGA Republicans” posed a “clear and present danger” to both democracy and the nation as a whole.
Biden was elected to end the partisan bickering, not add more fuel to the fire
The Spectator noted that “The main reason Biden was sent to the White House was that voters wanted a little calm and normalcy after a disruptive four years” under former President Trump.
“Now, less than two years after that, he’s all but writing off a good chunk of his fellow countrymen as domestic terrorists. He’s become a combatant in the same political war he was elected to stop,” the outlet observed.
That article was but one example of the immediate and intense and well-deserved backlash that President Biden’s remarkably divisive speech received, which perhaps somewhat surprisingly actually seemed to have prompted a walk back on Friday of his broadside attacks against Republicans and Trump supporters just one night earlier.
Biden’s contradictory clarification
Following remarks at an event Friday morning, Biden was asked by a reporter, “Mr. President, do you consider all Trump supporters to be a threat to the country?”
Biden replied, “I don’t consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country,” and then proceeded to deliver a marginally more clarified but also contradictory verbal assault against his political opposition that, if the logic were extended, was also quite damning of many members of his own political party and voter base.