During President Donald Trump's presidency, the Left repeatedly assured Americans that Trump was simply intolerable — more unbearable than every other Republican — due to his rudeness, his crassness and his divisiveness.
For four years, the President's Twitter account inspired outrage and hurt feelings amongst Democrats. We were supposed to believe he was history's worst president because he called reporters "crazy" and "wacko" and politicians "losers." Many even linked his rhetoric to actual violence.
If Democrats truly felt this jarred by the rhetoric of the former president, where is their outrage against President Joe Biden?
The president's latest speech, in front of a red-lit Independence Hall, was laced with divisive hyperbole, angry affronts, and made Trump's harshest words sound urbane by comparison.
"Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic," exclaimed an angry Biden. "[T]here is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country."
His indignant lecture to, what turns out to be the majority of Americans, was chock-full of demonizing accusations juxtaposed with ironic calls for unity.
"MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people." They subvert democracy.
"They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies." They "look at America and see carnage and darkness and despair. They spread fear and lies — lies told for profit and power."
Biden insists he doesn't mean all Republicans — we should assume he's thinking of the Liz Cheneys and Adam Kinzingers of the world.
But his ambiguous language is left to interpretation.
They are the root source of all that is evil and broken in America. They are the rot at our core.
They doesn't mean the media or the political elite. It doesn't even mean Republican leadership.
They signifies us, the everyday American that disagrees with President Biden and where he is leading our country.
The President is taking the fight straight to We the People.
This is nothing new for Biden. Last year, his patience was "wearing thin" with unvaccinated Americans. Earlier this year, he dubbed "the MAGA crowd" the "most extreme political organization."
Ignore his silver-tongued cries for unity, his clichéd claim that he's not the president of red states or blue states, but of ... 'oh you know the thing.' Biden hates his political enemies. He hates us.
Now that half of Americans are the bad guys, it seems that incendiary rhetoric has suddenly become perfectly acceptable. The same Left that could never forgive Trump for his unpardonable sin of rude tweets, praised Biden's indignant speech and particularly loved the maligning comments. The same Left called the irritated rant "inspiring," "optimistic" and even "patriotic."
Trump's "rude words" were almost always directed at the political elite. Biden's are directed at half of the American people. Trump may have called Hillary Clinton "crooked" and Joe "sleepy," but Biden calls average Americans "semi-fascist" and "anti-American."
Polling from The Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action confirms that a majority of Americans believe Biden's speech "represents a dangerous escalation in rhetoric and is designed to incite conflict amongst Americans."
In other words, voters — especially Republican and independent voters — are picking up on the fact that Biden isn't remotely interested in fighting corruption within the federal government, he's only interested in fighting us — in a way more dangerous than we have seen since the Civil War.
This is the real reason the political elites couldn't stand Trump's vitriol while they simultaneously show love for Biden's angry rants. The former was directed at them. The latter, at everyday Americans.
An upwards of 70 million Americans voted for Trump in 2020. Of these, not all were Trump flag-waving, MAGA hat-wearing, diehard fans of the 45th president. Many just wanted a change of pace from politics as usual. A break from the out-of-touch political establishment.
But for associating with Trump, they — in other words, we — became, by default, a people of "carnage and darkness and despair." A people of "fear and lies." We became the greatest threat to America.
But what Biden means is we are the greatest threat to his far-Left vision for America.
In this case, he would be right. Americans of all races and creeds are pushing back against the progressive dogma that is coming out of Washington, D.C., and flowing through our cities and schools.
The midterm elections of 2022 provide the first opportunity to put the brakes on what is quite clearly a growing tyranny, but ultimately, we cannot put the brakes on "the swamp" by playing by its rules.
We need a game changer.
Biden's "extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic" is, in fact, his own. An all-powerful federal government, led by a president determined to make his fellow countrymen his enemy, must be reigned in by states and local governments asserting their proper role.
Mark Meckler is president of Convention of States. Read Mark Meckler's Reports — More Here.
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