While even left-wing media sources like CNN and CBS offered their two cents about issues surrounding President Biden’s September 1st, 2022 speech, the White House fully defended Biden’s speech. President Biden has said since his 2020 Presidential campaign that he is going to be the President who will help heal the country from division in an attempt to unite. However, one group has been excluded from President Biden’s form of unity, and that’s the “MAGA Republicans”. The ominous red lighting, aggressive messaging, and lack of speaking about issues the country is currently facing are the main criticism of President Biden’s speech on September 1, 2022. President Biden’s staff have attempted to call them “Ultra MAGA” in the past, however, despite how often it was repeated it didn’t stick, and this is just the newest attempt to brand his main competitors with a new nickname, “MAGA Republicans”.
President Biden is differentiating “MAGA Republicans” from other Republicans because the White House is well aware that it would be much easier to win against a middle-of-the-road candidate, and former President Trump hasn’t lost the steam that they assumed he would. The multi-headed attacks of the January 6th hearings against Trump, branding Trump’s supporters as extremists, and attempting to inflate Americans’ opinions on moderate and left-leaning Republicans such as Liz Cheney are all done in an attempt to put a halt to the possibility of Donald Trump taking office again. Will calling half the country “MAGA Republican” be President Biden’s “deplorables” moment?
Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason began his tweet by quoting the president’s response to hecklers at his speech, writing, “‘Good manners is nothing they’ve ever suffered from,’ @POTUS says about protesters at his speech, in which he accused former President Trump and ‘MAGA Republicans’ of threatening the foundation of U.S. democracy. The White House said earlier today the speech was not political.”
CBS News correspondent Ed O’Keefe similarly wrote, “Like or loathe what he said tonight, it should be noted: The president spoke tonight on the grounds of a national park, flanked by US Marines, and took direct, specific aim at his predecessor and members of the Republican Party. Another thing we don’t see everyday.”
CNN correspondent Jeff Zeleny added, “There’s nothing unusual or wrong with a President delivering a political speech — it’s inherent in the job description — but doing it against a backdrop of two Marines standing at attention and the Marine Band is a break with White House traditions.”
White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates swiftly rejected their criticisms and fired back by using articles from their respective outlets against them.
“It’s no more ‘political’ than this accurate and timely reporting from CNN,” Bates told Zeleny before sharing CNN headlines like “Jake Tapper breaks down GOP threats to democracy” and “An Arizona Trump rally and voting rights march underscore the fight for democracy.”
The White House is choosing to deflect onto President Trump instead of looking at their own issues first. While the United States of America is currently in a recession and plagued by record-high crime in many of our largest cities, the Biden administration should focus on tackling these issues before they selfishly attempt to win another election on the back of political rallies targeting former President Trump and his supporters. The President’s speech should have focused on the actual issue facing the country and its citizens, not battling with members of the media that chose to give small amounts of criticism towards a speech that deserved the criticism it received.