President Joe Biden said zip about soaring inflation in his address Thursday night, but he offered a vast conflation as he outlined the supposed “MAGA extremist” threat to democracy. Indeed, he basically painted as anti-democratic everything that’s contrary to his own agenda.
Front and center, he charged: “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.”
Note how he equates a political stance against abortion with being anti-democratic. The Supreme Court’s recent decision on Roe v. Wade put the choice to the voters — the very definition of democracy. So are all voters who back an abortion ban authoritarian? Biden himself used to be against abortion. Guess he was against “the very soul of this country.”
Biden’s team laughably claimed this wasn’t going to be a political speech. The major television networks obviously saw through that farce and refused to carry it live. Of course, it was a political speech. Despite his weak claims otherwise (“I don’t mean EVERY Republican”), Biden’s point was clear. Most Republicans support Trump, and if you support Trump, you’re a fascist. Sorry, “semi”-fascist.
And even if you don’t support Trump but hold certain conservative political beliefs, you’re anti-democratic.
Biden went on and on about “respecting the rule of law” when he has time and again said he lacks the legal power to forgive student loans, order an eviction moratorium, mandate vaccines — then gone ahead and done it anyway.
Meanwhile, he has stalwartly and flagrantly refused to do his legal duty and enforce the nation’s immigration laws (even as he pretends he is).
And yes, Joe, “This is a nation that respects free and fair elections.” But you and most of your party still support Stacey Abrams’ Big Lie about being the true winner of Georgia’s 2018 gov race, which rests entirely on the sort of “wild conspiracy theories and baseless, evidence-free claims of fraud” you claim to despise.
More broadly, the president’s long list of his supposed achievements (on the economy, infrastructure, gun control, health care, and climate change) had zero to do with his supposed subject, unless he’s equating “the soul of the nation” with the Democratic agenda.
We agree that Donald Trump is wrong to keep lying about the 2020 election. But Biden’s intention here is naked. He decided to give a speech on a random day in September because he wants to tie all his political enemies to Trump and claim all of their beliefs are illegitimate. Who is really undemocratic?