Joe Biden harangued and threatened the nation for 20 minutes on national TV on Thursday in a speech that will be remembered for its vicious rhetoric and blood-red lighting.
In the highly partisan speech, Biden railed against MAGA America like there was no tomorrow — he used the words “MAGA Republicans” 11 times in the first 12 minutes. Some of the most-used words in the speech were: violence, darkness, threat, and politics. …
But that’s all Joe Biden’s got right now. By nearly every metric, America is worse off than it was during the Trump years, so Biden can only resort to fearmongering and demagoguery.
For most politicians, Independence Hall in Philadelphia would be the perfect backdrop for a patriotic speech. But Biden’s handlers apparently thought it would be better to stage the boss’s dark rhetoric with blood-red lighting and shadowy Marines standing at attention, suggesting a cross between the 6th circle of Hell and a Fidel Castro rally.
Staged by Leni Riefenstahl. This photo will live in infamy.
The uniformed marines, blood red lighting, and clenched fists just scream “unity”, don’t they?
Who did this??🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/C7uPgCEY0y
— il Donaldo Trumpo (@PapiTrumpo) September 2, 2022
Asking Americans to confront MAGA voters is like asking Germans to confront Jews in the 1930s
“MAGA Republicans have made their choice. They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow lies together,” Biden said of the 50% of Americans who did not vote for him.
“The MAGA Republicans are… destroying American democracy,” he continued. “There are dangers around us. We cannot allow them to prevail… I want to say this plain and simple. There is no place for political violence. In America period. Not ever.” Of course, there was no mention of Antifa or BLM rioters who have rioted and destroyed city after American city in the last few years. Monica Crowley rightly called the speech an “orgy of projection.”
But good old American values persist:
Biden gets DROWNED OUT so bad by "F**ck Joe Biden" chants he has to STOP reading teleprompter pic.twitter.com/w0q0aWu6M1
— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) September 2, 2022
Declaration of war:
There is a very real possibility that Biden will back up his threatening speech with actions. … Make no mistake: He just declared war on 74 million of his fellow Americans. If Republicans don’t win big in the midterms, or if Joe Biden gets a second term, there will be no stopping the Left. Our most sacred rights — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, the right to bear arms — could go away — poof — like all that student debt he just “forgave.”
Lines were crossed that can’t be uncrossed, from the use of the military as props in a blatantly political speech to Biden suggesting that nearly half the country is a “danger” to the republic. This was a speech that went far beyond anything seen in the modern era of presidential addresses. …
He kept repeating the term “MAGA,” painting those who voted for Donald Trump as evil fascists that pose a direct threat to the very well-being of the nation. That’s ludicrous, and as I’ve shared before, it’s also incredibly dangerous. When you begin attack tens of millions of Americans as scum, suggesting they are going to destroy “our democracy,” that justifies just about anything in response, doesn’t it? Someone is going to get hurt based on his incitement.
It sure feels like Biden wants to provoke some kind of violent response. Why else even give this speech? What did it accomplish? What new was put out on the table? …
There’s also an inherent contradiction in what Biden is saying. He continually wants to paint himself as an uniter, while his words and actions exacerbate deep, disturbing divisions. …
Biden’s attacks on tens of millions of Americans are unprecedented. You’d have to go back to Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” quip to find something similar in politics, but that was quaint compared to the president’s remarks.
The president condemned half the nation as insurrectionists who pose a “clear and present danger” to the United States. The language was deliberate as it was divisive. “Clear and present danger” is a legal doctrine created by the Woodrow Wilson-era US Supreme Court to curtail the free speech of Americans. …
He floated a legal pretext to silence Republicans heading into the midterm elections. The administration has already directed tech companies to ban dissenting voices on social media, so such a move would be in character.
Rig just one election, then you mustn’t let the opposition ever regain power for fear they will investigate and imprison you. Then, increasingly, nothing’s off the table.
UPDATE: Trump reckons that if Biden doesn’t want to make America great again then he shouldn’t be President.
Tucker: If you have a two-party system, and one party is outlawed — then you have a one-party state!
hat-tip Stephen Neil, Scott of the Pacific