President Joe Biden’s approval rating continues its downward trend as Americans hold him accountable for his policies related to the economy, crime, immigration, and more.
During a speech marking the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot this week, however, he cast his predecessor as the real threat to the republic.
“For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election,” Biden said, according to Fox News. “He tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob reached the Capitol. But they failed.”
“Certain dates echo”
Without mentioning former President Donald Trump by name, the current president clearly referenced him in a series of scathing attacks.
Specifically, Biden implied that Trump undermined the nation’s faith in the electoral system “because he values power over principle; he sees his own interest as more important than America’s interest; his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution.”
For her part, Vice President Kamala Harris commemorated the anniversary in a somber tone comparing the riot to the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 attacks.
“Certain dates echo throughout history,” she said, noting that they “instantly remind all who have lived them where they were and what they were doing when our democracy came under assault,” according to Fox.
“Just a distraction”
While the vice president was clear in her denunciation of the violence shown by mob rioters on Capitol Hill last year, she drew criticism in 2020 for supporting a bail fund for individuals arrested during riots that stemmed from George Floyd’s death while in police custody.
For his part, Trump accused his successor of attempting “to further divide America” with his remarks on Thursday.
“This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed,” the former president said, as Fox reported.
Trump went on to accuse Biden of “working hard to try and deflect the incompetent job he is doing, and has done, on the horrible Afghanistan withdrawal (surrender), the Borders, COVID, Inflation, loss of Energy Independence, and much more.”