President Donald Trump and his allies are going all out in their attempts to convince observers that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is some kind of existential threat to the very foundation of the United States — or whatever. In reality, it’s Donald Trump himself who consistently threatens the foundations of American foreign and domestic policy on a daily basis. Nevertheless, during a Friday speech at Ripon College in Wisconsin, Vice President Mike Pence used disturbingly pseudo-apocalyptic language in his rhetorical attacks against Biden. He sounded as though he was trying to gear his listeners up for some kind of existential battle — which is, for starters, ridiculous, but also has disturbing implications for how feverishly committed that Trump World is to their ideology.
During his speech, Pence said:
‘It’s not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or Democrat, more red or blue. It’s whether America remains America. It’s whether we will leave to our children and our grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable rights to life and liberty, or whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. Like those first Republicans, we stand at a crossroads of freedom. Before us are two paths, one based on the dignity of every individual, and the other on the growing control of the state.’
His remarks are disturbingly nonsensical and apocalyptic in their scope. He implies that the Democratic platform doesn’t effectively respect the “dignity of every individual” — which is just nonsense. Watch a clip of his remarks below:
— The Hill (@thehill) July 17, 2020
In fact, in stark contrast to Pence’s nonsensical lies, Democrats have been working throughout the Trump presidency to support the needs of Americans.
Two months ago, for example, the Democrat-led House passed the HEROES Act, which contains many provisions for increased financial support for portions of society that have been hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. Senate Republicans have flatly refused to take up the legislation for all this time, and they and their allies have made up some kind of grandiose culture war that Democrats are supposedly engaged in — which Pence referenced this week — as a smokescreen to obscure the fact that they just don’t care enough to act on issues like the HEROES Act. If they did, then they would have.
At Ripon College in WI, VP Pence used campaign speech to charge that @JoeBiden would be "nothing more than an Autopen president" for the radical left. "The hard truth is you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America," said Pence, citing increases in shootings in Democrat-run cities. pic.twitter.com/vEhuQwluvz
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 17, 2020