Biden Puts Foot in Mouth After Divisive Speech
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Just one day after President Joe Biden called “MAGA Republicans” a “threat to this country,” he appeared to change his tune.
When Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked if he considers all of former President Donald Trump’s supporters to be threats to the country, Biden said he doesn’t.
“You keep trying to make that case. I don’t consider any Trump supporters a threat to the country,” Biden responded. “I do think anyone who calls for the use of violence, refuses to acknowledge an election…changing the way you count votes, that is a threat to democracy.”
Biden’s comment seemed to contradict his divisive speech on Thursday, in which he condemned Trump and the so-called “MAGA Republicans” who support him.
“As I stand here tonight, equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise,” Biden said during his speech. “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.”
The 79-year-old reiterated his point in a tweet on Thursday night.
“Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans are a threat to the very soul of this country,” Biden wrote.
Fox News Digital noted that Biden’s stance seemed to soften when pressed by Doocy the following day.
“Everything we stand for rests on the platform of democracy,” Biden told Doocy. “The people who voted for Donald Trump, support him now, they weren’t voting for attacking the Capitol, they weren’t voting for overthrowing the election – they were voting for a philosophy he put forward.”
“I am not talking about anything other than, it is inappropriate…the failure to recognize and condemn violence when it is used for political purposes. Failure to condemn the manipulation [of] election outcomes,” he said. “Failure to acknowledge when elections were won or lost.”
Source: Fox News