The Big Lie – the lie that says Donald Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election but had it stolen from him – continues, even if Donald Trump is slowly losing his grip on the GOP. The doubt that created about voting in the eyes of those who believed those lies, doubt that led to an insurrection on Jan. 6, still plagues the country.
In the midst of that, President Joe Biden, who beat Trump by several million votes in 2020, gave a speech to the nation.
I’m heading to Philadelphia to make a major speech on the soul of the nation. Join me right here at 8 PM ET. pic.twitter.com/DhaAG0f2vP
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 1, 2022
Biden talked about “the soul of America,” noting the foundation of democracy on which the country was built. The president spoke directly to Trump and his supporters, saying “you can’t only love your country when you’re winning.” He called out the nonsense about an election stolen by Democrats, Republican secretaries of state, poll workers, election officials, Italy, and the long-dead president of Venezuela. It was an aggressive speech, far more aggressive than is common with President Biden.
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution….They do not respect the results of a free election…They promote authoritarian leaders and promote political violence.”#BidenSpeech
— EJ Dionne (@EJDionne) September 2, 2022
Biden also made sure to tell the country that he was not denigrating all Republicans nor accusing them all of having supported the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021. Instead, and in quite a separation from the Trump divisiveness during his presidency, said he intended to be a president for all Americans, not just the blue or the red ones.
— Joe Katz (@joekatz45) September 2, 2022
To watch the entire speech, see video below: