President Joe Biden once again gave a speech warning of the future of democracy, keying in on some GOP candidates’ refusal to commit to accepting the election results.
He also cited the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, last week, telling an audience at Union Station that it was another sign of the rise in political violence over the past two years. He connected the Pelosi attack to January 6th, when Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen fueled his supporters to storm the Capitol.
“Extreme MAGA Republicans aim to question not only the legitimacy of past elections, but elections being held now and into the future,” Biden said.
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He said that element of the party was a minority, but was its driving force and “was trying to succeed where they failed in 2020, to suppress the right of voters, and subvert the electoral system itself. That means denying the right to vote, and deciding whether your vote even courts. Instead of waiting until the election is over, they are starting well before it. They are starting now.”
Broadcast networks did not carry the speech, but the major cable news networks did. Fox News, however, featured a chyron that read, “Biden smears Republicans ahead of midterms.” Lachlan Murdoch, the CEO of Fox News parent Fox Corp., suggested last year that the network would act as the “loyal opposition” to the administration.
Biden’s speech had similarities to one he gave in Philadelphia in September. But the Union Station address was marked as official political event, sponsored by the Democratic National Committee, rather than an official White House event, as the speech in September was.
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