President Biden delivered a primetime address on Thursday that was both hopeful and harrowing. The subject was “The Battle for the Soul of the Nation,” and early on Biden identified the choices that face the country asking whether America should “be a nation of hope and unity and optimism, or a nation of fear, division, and of darkness?”
While Biden’s optimism was present throughout, the threat to America’s democracy was what made this speech necessary. Donald Trump and his MAGA cult have become increasingly dangerous since he lost the presidential election in 2020. They have refused to accept the will of the people. They have worked tirelessly to undermine democracy. And they even tried to stage a coup by violently attacking Congress on January 6th, 2021.
More recently, Trump was found to have been hoarding classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort/home, posing enormous risks to national security. And after being caught, he began making exponentially more absurd excuses for his crimes and his lies to the FBI. All of this has led to Trump and his cult followers turning more to violence and threats of violence.
That’s what Biden sought to alert the nation about in his speech. It was a non-partisan message that expressly drew a distinction between mainstream Republicans (to the extent that any still exist) and the MAGA Republicans who have pledged their devotion to Dear Leader Trump. In that regard, Biden made several references to Trump’s hateful MAGA movement. For the record, is here what Biden said about the hostile and openly seditionist MAGA-nauts (video below, and transcript here)…
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”
“They see their MAGA failure to stop a peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 election as preparation for the 2022 and 2024 elections.”
“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 of lies.”
“Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans: We must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving American democracy than MAGA Republicans are to destroying American democracy.”
“Democracy cannot survive when one side believes there are only two outcomes to an election: either they win or they were cheated. And that’s where MAGA Republicans are today.
“MAGA Republicans look at America and see carnage and darkness and despair. They spread fear and lies – lies told for profit and power. But I see a very different America — an America with an unlimited future.”
“The MAGA Republicans believe that for them to succeed, everyone else has to fail.”
“History tells us that blind loyalty to a single leader and a willingness to engage in political violence is fatal to democracy.”
“If you look at the words and meaning of the awkward and angry Biden speech tonight, he threatened America, including with the possible use of military force. He must be insane, or suffering from late stage dementia!”
If you look at the words and meaning of Biden’s speech, you will find nothing that even remotely approaches the bullpucky that Trump is ranting about. Biden never “threatened America,” or suggested using military force in any way. Trump’s failure to provide a quote is evidence of his shameless dishonesty and/or cognitive collapse. He’s just flinging feces at the wall to see if anything will stick.
It’s ironic that Trump asserts that Biden is “insane, or suffering from late stage dementia!.” Given his inability to coherently comment on Biden’s speech, his imaginary description of what the speech was about, and his pitifully predictable hostility triggered by fake recollections, it’s Trump who appears to be distancing himself from the real world. But then, that’s nothing new for him.
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