President Joe Biden made headlines earlier this month with a controversial speech in which he accused MAGA Republicans of threatening “the very soul of this country.”
Although White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre recently denied that the president’s remarks were divisive, the evidence suggests that most Americans disagree.
The Press Secretary says the President “was talking to a majority of the country”
According to the website Legal Insurrection, Jean-Pierre addressed the speech at a press conference on Wednesday, saying, “People have talked about if (the speech) was divisive. It wasn’t divisive.”
“(President Biden) was talking to a majority of the country who agree that we have to protect our democracy, who agree that we have to protect our freedom, who agree that we have to protect our rights,” she continued.
The White House press secretary went on to insist that “a minority, a small group of people who have extreme views and who threaten that … core value of who we are as a country.”
“You don’t have to look further than Jan. 6, 2021, to see what their attack was on our democracy. It was very clear. We all saw it,” Jean-Pierre added.
“And when you have people who say the protesters on that day were patriots, that’s problematic. That’s coming from leaders,” she concluded.
However, it’s clear that many critics didn’t buy Jean-Pierre’s claims. Townhall put out a tweet that featured side-by-side video clips of the press secretary’s denial and Biden’s own words.
Biden said Trump supporters threaten “the very foundations of our republic”
“Too much of what is happening in our country today is not normal,” Biden declared. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
KJP TODAY: Biden’s speech “wasn’t divisive.”
BIDEN LAST WEEK: “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” pic.twitter.com/HrjNWr5P32
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 7, 2022
What’s more, a poll released by the Trafalgar Group this week found that nearly 57% of Americans believe Biden’s speech constituted “dangerous rhetoric.”
— The Trafalgar Group (@trafalgar_group) September 6, 2022