ABC News anchor Martha Radditz, in an interview with Biden's senior political adviser, Keisha Lance Bottoms, the former Democratic mayor of Atlanta, said that the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, which tracks hate speech, noted "after the Biden speech, there was a surge online in conversations that said Biden's remarks singling out 'MAGA Republicans' were interpreted as a declaration of war against conservatives and all the [Donald] Trump voters."
Bottoms essentially blamed Trump voters, which is par for the course, but when a liberal international organization calls out a U.S. Democrat for "hate speech," that's a really big deal. It means that Democrat's speech was really bad.
“We must be honest with each other and with ourselves,” Biden 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, without context or explanation. “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.”
By the way, Democrats are the original election deniers:
Here’s something Joe Biden DOES NOT want you to see.
WATCH: 10 minutes of Democrats denying election results. pic.twitter.com/bJRbzEcIO2
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 1, 2022
“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,” Biden said.
Yeah, it doesn't get much more hateful than that. And just imagine the reaction in the media and by Democrats if Donald Trump had called them a 'threat to democracy' -- even though they really are.
Several notable conservatives clapped back at Biden, including -- and especially -- Trump.
“Republicans in the ‘MAGA’ movement are not the ones trying to undermine our democracy. We are the ones trying to save our democracy,” Trump said at a “Save America” rally in Wilkes-Barr, Pa., following Biden's hate-filled speech. “The danger to democracy comes from the radical left, not from the right.”
He called it the “most vicious, hateful, and divisive speech ever delivered by a [U.S.] president,” and for “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.”
“You’re all enemies of the state. 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[s] him, which is circling around him. ‘Do this, do that, Joe,’” Trump continued.
Trump said the best way to deal with Biden and Democrats is to show up at the polls in November and vote them out in massive numbers.
“Above all, this election is a referendum on the corruption and extremism of Joe Biden and the radical Democrat Party,” Trump remarked. “If you want to stop this destruction of America, you must vote Republican. You gotta get out and vote.”