Biden Calls for Unity As He Attempts to Divide Republicans: Anyone Who Agrees With Trump Is 'A Threat to This Country'

Susan Jones | September 2, 2022 | 5:28am EDT
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President Joe Biden speaks about the "soul of the nation," at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 1, 2022. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden speaks about the "soul of the nation," at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 1, 2022. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal," President Joe Biden said Thursday night in Philadelphia, as he called for the nation to "come together," even as he disparaged Donald Trump and his supporters, saying they "represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic."

Biden said he wanted to be "very clear."

"Not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans. Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology. I know because I’ve been able to work with these mainstream Republicans," Biden continued:

"But there 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.

"These are hard things. But I’m an American President — not the President of red America or blue America, but of all America. And I believe it is my duty — my duty to level with you, to tell the truth no matter how difficult, no matter how painful.

"And here, in my view, is what is true: 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 refuse to accept the results of a free election.  And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself.

"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.

"They look at the mob that stormed the United States Capitol on January 6th — brutally attacking law enforcement — not as insurrectionists who placed a dagger to the throat of our democracy, but they look at them as patriots.

"And they see their MAGA failure to stop a peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 election as preparation for the 2022 and 2024 elections. They tried everything last time to nullify the votes of 81 million people. This time, they’re determined to succeed in thwarting the will of the people."

After demonizing Trump and those who agree with Trump's aim to "make America great again," Biden called for unity, as he did in his presidential campaign -- a goal never attained.

"That’s why tonight I’m asking our nation to come together, unite behind the single purpose of defending our democracy regardless of your ideology," Biden said:

"We’re all called, by duty and conscience, to confront extremists who will put their own pursuit of power above all else.

"Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans: We must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving American democracy than MAGA Republicans are to — to destroying American democracy.

"We, the people, will not let anyone or anything tear us apart.  Today, there are dangers around us we cannot allow to prevail.   We hear — you’ve heard it — more and more talk about violence as an acceptable political tool in this country. It’s not. It can never be an acceptable tool.

"So I want to say this plain and simple: There is no place for political violence in America.  Period.  None.  Ever. We saw law enforcement brutally attacked on January the 6th.  We’ve seen election officials, poll workers — many of them volunteers of both parties — subjected to intimidation and death threats. And — can you believe it? — FBI agents just doing their job as directed, facing threats to their own lives from their own fellow citizens.

"On top of that, there are public figures — today, yesterday, and the day before — predicting and all but calling for mass violence and rioting in the streets."

'Are you better off?'

In a speech in Scranton on Thursday, a speech billed as a "pre-buttal," House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said since Biden became president, he "has launched an assault on the soul of America and its people and its laws -- on its most sacred values.

"He has launched an assault on our democracy,” McCarthy said: "His policies have severely wounded America's soul, diminished America's spirit and betrayed America's trust.

McCarthy noted that for the past 19 months, Democrats have controlled all branches of government. "They have all the levers of power. So let me ask you this: How have they done?...Are you better off? What has two years of one-party rule in Washington given us?"

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