In a primetime speech that he delivered on Thursday, President Joe Biden outlined some of the threats posed to the continuance of democracy in the United States by Donald Trump and his goons. It’s not overly difficult to observe such a thing. Rather blatantly, Trump and allies of his tried to overturn what in reality was the duly documented result of the last presidential election.
Trump took extreme offense to Biden’s speech. “Someone should explain to Joe Biden, slowly but passionately, that MAGA means, as powerfully as mere words can get, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump ranted on Truth Social late Thursday. “If he doesn’t want to Make America Great Again, which through words, action, and thought, he doesn’t, then he certainly should not be representing the United States of America!” Biden specifically referred to Trump’s corner of the GOP as comprised of “MAGA Republicans,” which seemingly sparked the former president’s remarks.
“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” Biden rather bluntly stated in his comments. While delivering his address, two Marines were visible behind the president. Somehow, in a feat of non-logic worthy of the history books, Trump concluded that the “words and meaning” of Biden’s remarks meant he threatened the use of military force against Americans. “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!” Trump insisted after Biden’s speech. Quite simply, that is ridiculous. Biden never explicitly threatened to use the military against Americans — something Trump actually sought amid protests after the police murder of George Floyd, and Biden didn’t implicitly do so either.
Over and over, Biden talked about a push for unity among Americans. “And now America must choose: to move forward or to move backwards?” Biden said. “To build the future or obsess about the past? To be a nation of hope and unity and optimism, or a nation of fear, division, and of darkness? 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. But together — together, we can choose a different path. We can choose a better path. Forward, to the future. A future of possibility. A future to build and dream and hope.” Trump got a threat of military force against Americans from a speech with contents including those remarks? Does Donald possess basic listening comprehension?
Throughout his presidency, Trump often directly antagonized those who opposed him politically to the point he spoke dismissively of impacts from COVID-19 in so-called “blue” states. Trump often pushed for prosecutions of his political adversaries. Across the GOP, prominent Republicans often speak rather derisively of folks who might vote for Democrats, although often, when someone on the Democrats’ side makes an even slightly similar remark directed towards Trump’s violent base, so many on the Right seem ready to flip out. “If you are that slacker barista who wasted seven years in college studying completely useless things, now has loans and can’t get a job, Joe Biden just gave you 20 grand,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently said, discussing the Biden administration’s student loan debt forgiveness plan. Imagine the outrage if someone on Biden’s side said that exact thing about Cruz’s voters. There’s a glaring double standard.