Republicans are very mad that President Joe Biden had the gall, in a prime-time speech on Thursday, to denounce Republicans who assist the overturning of elections.
Certain Republicans declare that Biden insulted “half the country” by calling on the nation to reject “MAGA Republicans” who subscribe to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” philosophy and who refuse to just accept the outcomes of a free election.
“Joe Biden’s hate-filled and menacing rhetoric tonight was disgraceful,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tweeted Thursday. “His behavior is increasingly erratic. And his threats against half the country ― his fellow citizens ― are dangerous.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated Biden ought to “apologize for slandering tens of millions of Americans as fascists,” referring to Biden’s feedback final week the place he described the MAGA philosophy as “semi-fascism.”
Both Hawley and McCarthy voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, regardless of no proof of widespread fraud. They helped stir up rebel, and proceed to assist a person who tried a coup.
In his blistering speech in Philadelphia on Thursday, Biden laid out what he considers the important thing traits of MAGA Republicans.
“They do not believe in the rule of law,” Biden stated. “They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”
“They look at the mob that stormed the United States Capitol on January 6th — brutally attacking law enforcement — not as insurrectionists who placed a dagger to the throat of our democracy, but they look at them as patriots,” he stated.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump had illustrated Biden’s level by vowing that if he ran once more for president in 2024 and received, he would strongly take into account pardoning individuals who had been convicted of crimes associated to the riot on the U.S. Capitol. “I mean full pardons with an apology,” Trump stated.
Still, Biden sought to attract a distinction between the Republicans who he stated current a menace to democracy, and people who don’t as a result of they respect the Constitution and disapprove of the Capitol riot.
“Not every Republican, not even a majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans,” Biden stated. “Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology.”
But numerous Republicans are treating his speech as an affront to each individual of their occasion. A majority of Republicans in Congress, in any case, voted to overturn the 2020 election outcomes even after rioters had trashed the Capitol.
“Instead of trying to unite America, it was alarming to see President Biden effectively label half the country ― including millions of Alabamians ― as enemies of the state,” Alabama GOP Senate nominee Katie Britt tweeted.
Some Republicans reacted to the speech by claiming that truly, Biden is the actual fascist, as a result of the FBI searched Trump’s Florida property final month and located containers of deeply labeled paperwork the previous president had refused handy over ― a violation of the Presidential Records Act and a attainable act of obstruction of justice.
“He had his secret police kick in Trump’s door. Now he’s lecturing us on ‘protecting democracy.’ JOE BIDEN IS THE FASCIST!!” tweeted Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas).
“Joe Biden is a complete fascist,” former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said. “He’s the one putting people in jail who are his political enemies. He is the one putting up mandates getting knocked down by the courts. It’s called abuse of power. How many abuses of power add up to fascism?”
Other Republicans highlighted the stark black-and-red backdrop of Biden’s speech, which appeared nearly like a nod to the “Dark Brandon” memes that painting the aged Biden as some type of fearsome antihero with laser eyeballs. The lighting design included purple and blue lights reflecting off the edifice of Independence Hall, the place the nation’s Founding Fathers gathered. But in lots of photographs and video clips of the speech, solely the purple lighting was seen.
“I mean, just the setting is frightening. It’s just dark,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) stated in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt.
They additionally complained in regards to the positioning of a pair of U.S. Marines who stood behind Biden as he spoke ― although Trump often politicized the army when he was president.
“The only thing worse than Biden’s speech trashing his fellow citizens is wrapping himself in our flag and Marines to do it,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tweeted.