Pres. Biden: 'There’s Never Been a Time in My Career When We’ve Glorified Violence Based on a Political Basis’

Craig Bannister | November 7, 2022 | 10:15am EST
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On Sunday, President Joe Biden claimed that his party never glorifies violence, ignoring times in recent years when prominent Democrats have been criticized for doing just that.

Speaking at a campaign event supporting the reelection of Democrat New York Governor Kathy Hochul, Pres. Biden said he couldn’t recall another time since the Civil War “where violence is condoned.”

Biden accused Republicans of inciting violence and engaging in dangerous rhetoric. He also accused unnamed Republicans of “making fun of” and “making excuses” for, the recent, brutal, home-invasion assault on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) husband, Paul – but, provided no examples:

“Look at what the Republicans said: some of them making fun of it, some making excuses.”

Biden then claimed that his party never glorifies violence - “on a political basis”:

“There’s never been a time in my career when we’ve glorified violence based on a political basis.”

However, on Sunday, Fox News recalled just some of instances when prominent Democrats have appeared to support violence, based on their political goals:

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) threatened Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh in 2020 during a pro-choice rally,
  • In September, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) issued a "call to arms," to “literally” go up against the pro-life movement,
  • Following the 2020 protests and riots, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called on a crowd in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, in 2021 to "stay on the street" and "get more confrontational,"
  • "There is a war out there and we need to recognize that we’ve got to armor up," Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said on the day Roe v. Wade was struck down,
  • "You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives," Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) said during the riots and protests of 2020.
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