Obama shades Biden by saying that ‘demonizing’ opponents leades to violence

Even as President Joe Biden delivered a speech Wednesday criticizing “MAGA Republicans” and linking them to last week’s assault on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, former President Barack Obama advised Democrats from demonizing their political rivals.

According to a report by Breitbart News, Obama warned that using “over-the-top” speech to demonize opponents could lead to physical violence at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona

“One thing is clear, and that is this increasing habit of demonizing political opponents, of just yelling and thinking not just that I disagree with someone, but that they’re evil and wrong,” Obama said.

“That creates a dangerous climate. And when we have politicians and elected officials in leadership positions who continue to promote over-the-top rhetoric or make light of it … more people are going to get hurt,” the former president went on.

Obama’s statement

Obama didn’t name Biden, his previous vice president, in particular. In an address at Union Station, Biden repeated some of his criticisms of Republicans from his speech on September 1 at Independence Hall, painting them as extremists and threats to democracy:

Just a few days ago, a little before 2:30 a.m. in the morning, a man smashed the back windows and broke into the home of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the third-highest ranking official in America.

The assailant tried to take Paul hostage. He woke him up, and he wanted to tie him up. The assailant ended up using a hammer to smash Paul’s skull.

All of this happened after the assault, and it just — it’s hard to even say; it’s hard to even say — after the assailant entered the home asking, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?”

Those were the very same words used by the mob when they stormed the United States Capitol on January the 6th when they broke windows, kicked in the doors, brutally attacked law enforcement, roamed the corridors hunting for officials, and erected gallows to hang the former Vice President, Mike Pence.

It was an enraged mob that had been whipped up into a frenzy by a President repeating over and over again the Big Lie that the election of 2020 had been stolen.

It’s a lie that fueled the dangerous rise in political violence and voter intimidation over the past two years.

You know, American democracy is under attack because the defeated former President of the United States refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election. He refuses to accept the will of the people. He refuses to accept the fact that he lost.

He has abused his power and put the loyalty to himself before loyalty to the Constitution. And he’s made a Big Lie an article of faith in the MAGA Republican Party — the minority of that party.