Biden's 1/6 Speech Broke Trump
Donald Trump's response to Biden's 1/6 speech was that of a broken man with no answers who could only mock the President.
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Biden’s Speech Forever Linked Trump To 1/6
President Biden spoke in Pennsylvania about protecting democracy, but to begin 2024 he became more explicit. America must protect democracy from Trump.
Donald Trump’s campaign is about him, not America, not you.
Donald Trump’s campaign is obsessed with the past, not the future. He’s willing to sacrifice our democracy, put himself in power.
Our campaign is different. For me and Kamala, our campaign is about America. It’s about you. It’s about every age and background that occupy this country.
It’s about the future we’re going to continue to build together. And our campaign is about preserving and strengthening our American democracy.
Three years ago tomorrow, we saw with our own eyes the violent mob stormed the United States Capitol. It was almost in disbelief as you first turned on the television.
For the first time in our history, insurrectionists had come to stop the peaceful transfer, transfer of power in America. First time.
Smashing windows, shattering doors, attacking the police.
Outside, gallows were erected as the MAGA crowd chanted, “Hang Mike Pence.”
Inside, they hunted for Speaker Pelosi. The House was chanting as they marched through and smashed windows, “Where’s Nancy?”
Over 140 police officers were injured.
Jill and I attended the funeral of police officers who died as a result of the events of that day.
Because Donald, because of Donald Trump’s lies, they died because these lies brought a mob to Washington.
He promised it would be wild. And it was.
He told the crowd to “fight like hell” and all hell was unleashed.
He promised he would write them, write them, everything they did. He would be side by side with them.
Then, as usual, he left the dirty work to others.
He retreated to the White House.
As America was attacked from within, Donald Trump watched on TV in a private, small dining room off my oval, off the Oval Office.
The entire nation watched in horror.
The whole world watched in disbelief.
And Trump did nothing.
Members of his staff, members of his family. Republican leaders who were under attack at that very moment pled with him.
Act. Call off the mob. Imagine had he gone out and said, “Stop.”
Still, Trump did nothing.
It was among the worst derelictions of duty by a president in American history.
I’ll say what Donald Trump won’t. Political violence is never, ever acceptable in the United States political system. Never, never, never.
It has no place in a democracy. None.
You can’t be pro-insurrectionist and pro-American.
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The pundit class, which is made up largely of wealthy elites who are mostly men, as usual, didn’t get it. They tried to view Biden’s speech through the prism of political strategy. These are the same people who told the country that Biden and the Democrats were making a big mistake by talking about democracy before the midterm election.
Pundits and the media are stuck in their conventional model of elections.
They don’t see democracy as an important issue, but as we will discuss below, the best way to understand the effectiveness of Biden’s speech is to look at Trump’s reaction.