During a recent campaign speech in Pennsylvania, President Biden ripped into Donald Trump, criticizing his predecessor’s unwillingness to accept his 2020 election loss and emphasizing that the former president was a threat to the democracy of the United States.
No holding back
In a passionate speech, Biden told the crowd, “Donald Trump’s campaign is about him, not America, not you. Donald Trump’s campaign is obsessed with the past, not the future. He’s willing to sacrifice our democracy, put himself in power.”
A better future
He then shared his hopes for the country: “Our campaign is different. For me and Kamala, our campaign is about America. It’s about you. It’s about every age and background that occupy this country. It’s about the future that we’re going to continue to build together. And our campaign is about preserving and strengthening our American democracy.”
Later on, Biden criticized Trump for his inability to let go of power: “Let’s be clear about the 2020 election. Trump exhausted every legal avenue available to him to overturn the election—every one. But the legal path took Trump back to the truth—that I won the election and he was a loser.”
As cheers quietened down, he continued, “Knowing how his mind works, he had one act left. One desperate act available to him—the violence of January the 6th.” Biden went on to share that over a thousand people had been charged for the attack on the Capitol, which was met with applause.
Explaining what had happened on that day, Biden said, “A violet mob stormed the US capitol. For the first time in our history, insurrectionists had come to stop the peaceful transfer of power in America. Smashing windows, shattering doors, attacking the police.”
Biden stated that over 140 police officers had been injured in the events of the day, some of whom he later attended the funeral for. He was very clear about who was to blame. “Because of Donald Trump’s lies. They died because his lies brought a mob to Washington.”
Hiding behind a screen
The president continued by saying how Trump had riled up, praised, and encouraged the crowds, then retreated to the White House. “As usual, he left the dirty work to others. As America was attacked from within, Donald Trump watched on TV in a private, small dining room off the Oval Office.”
Biden condemns Trump
“The entire nation watched in horror. The whole world watched in disbelief. And Trump did nothing.” Biden then shared that Trump’s own staff, team, and family asked him to do something—yet he refused. “It was one of the worst derelictions of duty by a president in American history. An attempt to overturn a free and fair election by force and violence.”
As Biden’s speech continued, he told the crowd how Trump had called his MAGA followers patriots and how he had promised to pardon them if he were re-elected. Trump even said that the events of Jan 6. showed him a “lot of love.”
Biden told the crowd, “The rest of the nation, including law enforcement, saw a lot of hate and violence. One Capitol police officer called it a medieval battle. That same officer was called vile, racist names.”
“By trying to rewrite the facts of January 6th, Trump is trying to steal history, the same way he tried to steal the election. But we knew the truth—we saw it with our own eyes,” Biden passionately read, continuing by stating that Trump’s supporters had been there to destroy the Constitution.
“I’ll say what Donald Trump won’t. Political violence is never, ever acceptable in the United States’ political system. Never, ever. Never. It has no place in a democracy, none,” he shouted over the crowd’s cheers. “You can’t be pro-insurrectionist and pro-American.”
Three years on
Biden’s speech comes almost exactly three years to the day after the attack on the Capitol — and his controversial rival Trump is set to hold rallies in Iowa soon. There, Trump is expected to continue his praise for those who rioted on his behalf.