White House team tries to spin Biden’s partisan speech

Assertions that President Joe Biden’s speech at Independence Hall was too politicized against “extreme” MAGA Republicans were vigorously rebutted by his staffers on Thursday night.

According to a report by Breitbart News,  the president attempted to denounce “MAGA Republicans” and followers of the late President Donald Trump as violent fanatics who posed a threat to American democracy frequently in his speech.

“Democracy is not a partisan or political issue,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Chris Meagher said on social media while criticizing a CNN anchor’s description of the speech as “political.”

“Press: ‘Biden isn’t doing enough to counter unprecedented [sic] threats to democracy. Why aren’t you meeting the moment?'”White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in response to criticism. “Also press: ‘It’s so hyper partisan to defend democracy from these unprecedented threats. Who said you should meet the moment?'”

Response

White House senior adviser for communications to the National Economic Council Jesse Lee responded saying, Many great journalists have reported as fact that the former President & his most loyal supporters in Congress are a threat to democracy. They tried to overthrow an election, including by force. The President bluntly described the same facts. It’s not ‘political,’ it’s his duty.”

White House director of digital strategy Rob Flaherty was more than glowing when he compared Biden’s speech to the nation’s first president George Washington’s farewell address:

“CNN, 1796: a profoundly political and partisan speech, unbecoming a president who — in an abdication of norms and an act of cowardice — is vacating his seat of power,” Flaherty said.

Former Biden officials even jumped on the trend trying to defend the president, including former White House press secretary Jen Psaki who weighed in on Twitter:

“Defending democracy is necessary because it is under threat. That doesn’t make that defense of one of our fundamental values as a county partisan or political. (Because it’s not),” Psaki wrote.

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