CLEVELAND, Ohio — On the same day a hearing was held on appointing a ‘special master’ in the Trump classified documents case, President Biden was at Independence Hall marching behind and speaking in the spirit of the nation’s true special masters, the ‘Founding Fathers’ and Abraham Lincoln, sounding the battle cry for the “soul of America” against political violence, extremism and the undermining of democracy and election integrity by the ‘big lie’ of Trump cultism.
Thursday evening, standing in the center front of Independence Hall that was lit blue, red, blue, President Biden said he was “not a president of red America or blue America, but of all America.”
Biden Declared Independence from Republican MAGA: Making Authoritarianism Great Again.
“Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.
“Now I want to be very clear, very clear up front. 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.”
“But there’s 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.”
“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.”
“They promote authoritarian leaders, and they fanned 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.”
Among the mainstream Republicans President Biden worked with has been Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, as Biden noted later in later remarks when he highlighted passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Portman was pivotal in orchestrating.
President Biden said America is now “at an inflection point.” A moment to choose to live in “the light of truth” or “in the shadow of lies” like MAGA Republicans.
“For a long time, we’ve told ourselves that American democracy is guaranteed, but it’s not. We have to defend it, protect it, stand up for it, each and every one of us. 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.”
Without specifically naming him, President Biden referenced Sen. Lindsey Graham saying there would be ‘riots in the streets’ if Trump were ever prosecuted.
“There are public figures today, yesterday and the day before predicting and all but calling for mass violence and rioting in the streets. This is inflammatory. It’s dangerous. It’s against the rule of law. And we, the people must say this is not who we are.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, we can’t be pro-insurrectionist and pro-American. They’re incompatible”
In November the nation will see if Pennsylvania is incompatible or not with having a pro-insurrectionist governor. The Republicans in the state elected a fringe, election denier primary candidate for governor who attended and cheered on the January 6 march on the U.S. Capitol.
While President Biden spoke in the spirit of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, Trump on social media was posting that if he were President again he’ll consider a blanket pardon of all the insurrectionists as he is already helping to finance some of their legal defenses.