Joe Biden is changing the nature of the presidency by the day and not in good ways.
Whereas former President Donald Trump clapped back at his political detractors, he never labeled the other half of the country as a threat to the very core democratic principles bequeathed us by our founders. Biden, on the other hand, is making a daily habit of doing that. .
During a speech on Labor Day in Milwaukee, Wis., Biden clapped back at a heckler, calling him an “idiot” before once again disparaging some 74 million supporters of Trump as “MAGA Republicans.”
As the heckler shouted, the president attempted first to calm his crowd of supporters.
“All right. God love you. Let him go. Let him go,” the president said.
“No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No – let him go,” he said. “Look, everybody’s entitled to be an idiot.”
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“We have to be stronger and more determined and more committed to saving American democracy than the MAGA Republicans and that guy out that door, are destroying democracy,” Biden added of the heckler.
A heckler was just escorted out by secret service after repeatedly shouting, interrupting President Biden at Laborefest pic.twitter.com/vZd53qvspj
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“The biggest contrast from what MAGA Republicans, the extreme right, the, the, the, the Trumpies. They want to go to Congress, these MAGA Republicans in Congress are coming for your Social Security as well,” Biden continued, making the same false claim about the GOP and Social Security that Democrats have been making for decades.
There are currently no bills being offered by Republican lawmakers to get rid of Social Security — and there won’t be any if the GOP managed to retake Congress amid inflationary Democratic policies and a wide-open southwest border that has seen historic spikes in illegal immigration and smuggling of deadly fentanyl.
Biden attacked “MAGA Republicans” and suggested they were a major threat to the stability of the country and its democratic institutions last week as well.
“We must be honest with each other and with ourselves,” he said during the speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, with a pair of U.S. Marines in the background. “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution,” he falsely claimed. “They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election.”
“And they’re working right now, as I speak in state after state, to give the power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election-deniers to undermine democracy itself,” Biden continued.
“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards. Backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love. They promote authoritarian leaders and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country,” the president said.
For his part, Trump responded to Biden’s divisiveness during a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., near Biden’s childhood home of Scranton, on Saturday, calling the Philly speech the “most vicious, hateful, and divisive speech ever delivered by a [U.S.] president.”
Biden was “vilifying 75 million citizens, plus another probably 75 to 150 [million], if we want to be accurate about it, as threats to democracy and as enemies of the state,” Trump said.
“You’re all enemies of the state,” he said as the crowd booed Biden. “He’s an enemy of the state if you want to know the truth. The enemy of the state is him and the group that control him, which is circling around him. ‘Do this, do that, Joe.’”