If you love teleprompter speeches declaring that half the country is a threat to “democracy” from a guy who just sent in the feds to raid his political opponents, just you wait.
Biden will deliver a primetime address in Philadelphia on Thursday on the “continued battle for the soul of the nation,” just as the midterm elections enter their fall phase.
The White House announced the address on Monday afternoon, shortly after NBC News reported on the plans. The broadcast networks have yet to say whether they will pre-empt programming for the speech.
This is a political campaign speech dedicated to attacking conservatives and Republicans, whom he had already denounced as fascists. I don’t know if there’s even a precedent for a sitting president dedicating an entire prime time speech to denouncing half the country.
If the networks carry this attack ad live in prime time, it’ll be a further step down although not too much of a surprise. If Obama were delivering it, they would certainly carry it. Biden is carrying their water but lacks the cachet and viewer appeal that Obama enjoyed in his prime.
The event, to be held at Independence National Historic Park, will take place just as midterm campaigns are gearing up for the final post-Labor Day stretch. Broadcast networks have in the past been more reluctant to pre-empt primetime for overtly political speeches, save for conventions and other major events, but the White House has not indicated whether this will be a campaign event or part of Biden’s official duties.
How is this anything except a campaign event?
Midterms coming up? Check. Speech dedicated to attacking political opponents, check. What’s missing here.
Last week, in a midterm campaign speech in Maryland that signaled his midterm themes, Biden took aim at “MAGA Republicans” said that they “don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security, they’re a threat to our very democracy.” At an earlier Democratic National Committee fundraiser, Biden referred to the MAGA philosophy as “almost like semi-fascism.”
Subtle. Maybe Biden can give his speech in a soccer stadium while surrounded by armed thugs. Then again his inauguration speech was delivered in a militarized city with the Mall locked down and thousands of troops everywhere.
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