Responses to Biden speech

Posted 9/7/22

President Joe Biden, in his address to the nation last week, said former President Donald Trump and his supporters “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our …

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Responses to Biden speech


President Joe Biden, in his address to the nation last week, said former President Donald Trump and his supporters “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.”

Following are some responses from leaders who disagree with the president’s characterization:

“Biden’s speech last night was chilling. First they said we were ‘extremists,’ then they called us ‘deplorable,’ and now we’re ‘semi-fascists?’ It’s unthinkable that a president would speak about half of Americans that way.”

— Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina governor


“Joe Biden’s address in Philadelphia tonight is one of the most menacing, bitter, angry and divisive speeches in modern U.S. political history. Hard to believe that a U.S. president can stoop to this level, condemning tens of millions of Americans as enemies and a threat to democracy.”

— Nile Gardiner, foreign policy analyst and former aide to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher


“It’s ironic that the man who claims he wants to ‘unite’ the country has spent most of his political career, and certainly his presidency, trying to divide it. …

“He and his officials … now regularly deride the more than 70 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump as ‘Ultra MAGA Republicans’ and ‘threats to our freedom.’

“Tonight, he continued this pattern of division and dishonesty, trying to turn Americans against each other further. Perhaps it’s time for all Americans to realize that our enemy is not our neighbor or our coworker, but the power-mad Washington elite who thrive off our division.”

— Kevin Roberts, president, the Heritage Foundation


“… Joe Biden essentially declared all those who oppose him and his agenda enemies of the republic. Truly shameful.”

— Ben Shapiro, political commentator and columnist


“I’m not a ‘MAGA Voter.’ I don’t want Trump to run again. I’m also not a Republican. Every American should be absolutely horrified by Biden’s speech last night, regardless of political affiliation. The optics and words used to address our nation show where this country is headed.”

— Kimberly Morin, writer


“President Biden has chosen to divide, demean, and disparage his fellow Americans — simply because they disagree with his policies.”

— Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House GOP leader


“Whatever you think of this speech the military is supposed to be apolitical. Positioning Marines in uniform behind President Biden for a political speech flies in the face of that. It’s wrong when Democrats do it. It’s wrong when Republicans do it.”

— Brianna Keilar, CNN co-host


“I have never seen such an angry, rancid speech in which a president attacks the voters he supposedly works for.”

— Charles Hurt, Washington Times opinion editor


“Winston Churchill once said that it is ‘always dangerous’ for military personnel to mix with politics because ‘they enter a sphere in which the values are quite different from those to which they have hitherto been accustomed.’ That was never more evident as two young Marines stood at attention as their president accused millions of their fellow citizens of being enemies of the constitutional Republic. They deserved better.”

— Jonathan Turley law professor at George Washington University and New York Post columnist


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