McCarthy: 'The Problem With Joe Biden Is, He Does Not Understand the Soul of America'

Susan Jones | September 1, 2022 | 10:32am EDT
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( - As President Joe Biden gears up for another political speech tonight, he's expected to continue his attack on the millions of Americans he calls "MAGA Republicans."

"The MAGA Republicans don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security, they’re a threat to our very democracy," Biden said in a recent speech. "They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace — embrace — political violence. They don’t believe in democracy."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is certainly one of Biden's "MAGA Republican" targets, told Fox News on Thursday that Biden is "trying to distract from the disasters that he has created in the country."

"The problem with Joe Biden is he does not understand the soul of America," McCarthy said:

"The tens of millions of hardworking law-abiding citizens that he vilifies that simply want to have a say in their kids' education, to go to a school board meeting, want a gasoline price that they can afford, no longer want inflation to continue to rise -- afraid to go out in their streets, to be safe again.

"They want a stronger, safer, more prosperous America, and all that he does is vilify them to distract from the disasters and no plan that he has to save America from where we are today."

McCarthy laid out his vision for the nation's soul: "I want an economy that is stronger, I want a nation that is safe, I want a country that is built upon freedom, and I want a government held accountable," he said.

Soul of the nation?

What does Biden mean by "soul of the nation," a phrase he's been using since before he became president?

"We’re calling it the 'soul of the nation' (speech), White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday.

"And that’s what he talked about during the campaign. That’s what he talked about during his inaugural — Inauguration Day.  And not only are we fighting for the soul of the nation, but we need to continue to be vigilant."

Jean-Pierre mentioned Charlottesville and January 6th. "You think about what we’re seeing today. You think about the battle that continues.

"And so — but what the President believes, which is a reason to have this in prime-time, is that there are an overwhelmingly amount of Americans — majority of Americans — who believe that we need to continue — we need to save the core values of our — of our country."

A reporter asked Jean-Pierre if there's been "some progress" in battling what Biden calls threats to democracy:

"He believes that we need to continue to fight for our democracy," Jean-Pierre said. "You look at the extreme wing of a party — the MAGA Republicans — it’s not stopping.  It is continuing.  And we heard it over the weekend, as you’re asking me about the President talking directly with legislators.

"And this is — this is an important time. And he is — again, he’s not going to shy away from it. He’s going to continue to lift that up and what he sees and what he’s going to call out.  And, you know, he believes that there are a majority of Americans who disagree with that, who disagree on the attack of our core values as a country, and he’s going to speak directly to them tomorrow (Thursday). That’s what you’re going to hear."

Jean-Pierre said Biden is not just talking about "Republican leadership."

"He is talking about an extreme portion, like extreme part of the party.  He’s been very, very clear about that.

"He was just in Maryland, as you all know, and he talked about Governor Larry Hogan and talked about how he is a conservative Republican who does not — who is not in that bucket. Right?  He was very clear, and he was very purposeful in saying that and being respectful to conservative Republicans who are not part of that extreme."

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