In a speech that many found to be reminiscent of tyrannical, terrible leaders on far-away soil US President Joe Biden seemingly declared war on the MAGA Republicans.
You could sense it was coming. In an earlier speech this week, Biden reminded Second Amendment enthusiasts that they’d need a whole lot more than guns if they wanted to have a face-off with the US government.
Then, during Thursday night’s ominous and over-acted declaration, Joe Biden made it all too clear: Your fellow Americans are your enemy.
In his speech Thursday at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Biden unleashed the trappings of the presidency in an unusually strong and sweeping indictment of Trump and what he said has become the dominant strain of the opposition party. His broadside came barely two months before Americans head to the polls in bitterly contested midterm elections that Biden calls a crossroads for the nation.
“Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal,” he said before an audience of hundreds, raising his voice over pro-Trump hecklers outside the building where the nation’s founding was debated. He said he wasn’t condemning the 74 million people who voted for Trump in 2020, but added, “There’s no question that the Republican Party today is dominated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans,” using the acronym for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
The insults didn’t end there.
Trump and the MAGA Republicans “promote authoritarian leaders and they fan the flames of political violence,” he said. They “are determined to take this country backwards.”
“Backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love,” he said, referencing the social issues that Democrats have looked to place front-and-center for voters this fall.
The speech received beaucoup criticism online, not only for the divisive and taunting message, but also for its strangely Hellish set design.