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Biden Tells Heckler: "Everybody's Entitled To Be An Idiot"

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 20:11
President Biden confronted a heckler Monday night during a speech marking Labor Day 2022.

RNC Supercut: Democrats Questioned The Results Of The 2016 Election

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 20:08
In an attempt to excuse former President Trump's assertion that the 2020 election was stolen from him, the RNC Research channel produced this edited supercut of Democrats questioning the 2016 and other elections. FNC's Peter Doocy asked the White House press secretary Tuesday about whether this counts as hypocrisy from Democrats. Jean-Pierre rejected the comparison as "ridiculous" and reminded Doocy that "people died" on January 6, 2021.

Rep. Byron Donalds: MAGA Republicans Are The Ones Saving America From Joe Biden And The Democrats

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 19:34
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) said the Biden agenda has failed Americans and the people want to go back to 2019 where we had a president that was doing the job in an interview Tuesday on FOX News. "There is no unity, Joe Biden does not want unity," Donalds told FOX News host John Roberts. "What Joe Biden wants is for every American to bend the knee to his agenda. What these Senate Democrats want is for you to do the same. They don't want competition, they don't want debate, they want to actually squelch and put down free speech. That's why they are working with social media companies to stop Americans from communicating on a myriad of topics, including COVID-19." "So this is where we are," Donalds continued. "People need to understand this. Joe Biden's idea of unity is you do it his way, and then you don't challenge him. Because everybody sees it any time he's challenged by a member of the press or even a citizen in the audience, what does he start doing? He starts yelling, he starts pointing fingers." "That's not leadership," he said. "That's demagoguery, that's actually an autocrat. And if you look at his actions, whether you want to talk about student loans or the fact that he ignores immigration law or anything else in between, this man does not care about the constitution or the rule of law. Actually, Republicans do, that's why us MAGA Republicans, we are the ones fighting for the soul of America, we are the ones having to save America from Joe Biden and the Democrats." "They're telling the American people 'Oh, these Republicans are dangerous.' But at the same time who are they trying to support? Americ- first Republicans, people who are committed conservatives, who are not interested in the games of Washington, D.C., they're interested in actually getting the job done for the American people," Donalds said. "What the Democrats believe, I think it's wrong, but what they believe is that if you make Donald Trump the center of the ballot, they win and Republicans lose and they get to keep their majorities," Donalds told Roberts. "But I've got a funny thing to tell them: they're going to be flat wrong. Because what the American people have seen in 19 months with Joe Biden at the helm is that the Democrat agenda has failed all Americans and people really want in our country, they want to go back to 2019 America. When our economy was growing, our streets were safe, our border was secure, our standing around the globe was number one, numero uno, and we actually had a president who was doing the job. You might have disagreed with something he tweeted here or there but you knew the job was done by the American president. Nobody has confidence in Joe Biden right now."

Sen. Rick Scott: Biden Lying, We Want To Reauthorize Social Security & Medicare Every 5 Years In Order To Preserve Them

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 18:55
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) on Tuesday told FOX Business host Maria Bartiromo President Biden is lying when he said Republicans are "coming for" Social Security and Medicare. Scott told Bartiromo that Democrats are the ones voting to cut Social Security and Medicare spending. "Here is the deal, Joe Biden when he was in the Senate proposed many times cutting Social Security and Medicare," Scott said. "Actually every Democrat in the Senate and in the House just voted to cut $280 billion dollars out of Medicare which is going to make it more difficult for you to get lifesaving drugs." "This is exactly what Democrats do," he said. "Do they want to lie like they just did? Of course. He's going to lie about it. What I believe is we are going to do everything we can to preserve Medicare, preserve Social Security, make sure these are lasting programs." "That's why I believe Congress every year ought to tell the American public what they are going to do to make sure these programs survive," Scott said. "But the Democrats, they don't want to have any conversation. We don't vote on Medicare or Social Security. I have been up here almost four years. We don't take a vote except what a Democrat just did to cut it."

Biden: MAGA Republicans Are Coming For Your Social Security, They Want To Reauthorize It Every 5 Years

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 18:41
President Joe Biden on Monday in a Labor Day speech warned Republicans are "coming for" Social Security and Medicare and want to treat the programs like "any other appropriation." "But here's the point: The biggest contrast from what MAGA Republicans - the extreme right, the - the 'Trumpies' - they want to go to - these MAGA Republicans in Congress are coming for your Social Security as well." "They want to require Congress to vote on the future of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid every five years to decide whether they continue," Biden said. "Every five years, they get to vote to change, to cut, to reduce, or entirely eliminate Social Security and other things." "He's arguing that five years is too long to wait to savage these programs people depend on. He wants to put Social Security and Medicare literally on that chopping block every single year, treated like any other appropriation," Biden said. BIDEN: I come from a family where my dad worked hard. He worked like hell. We lived a decent, middle-class life. We lived in a three-bedroom, split level home in a development that was - there - as we were - the area was growing, with four kids and a grandpop. I sometimes wonder - anyway, I wonder - it was great for us, but those walls are thin. (Laughter.) But all kidding aside, we did fine. No complaints. We did fine. But here's the point: The biggest contrast from what MAGA Republicans - the extreme right, the - the Trumpies - they want to go to - these MAGA Republicans in Congress are coming for your Social Security as well. Now, are you - by the way, as I said, you might think I'm making this - some of this stuff up it's so outrageous. But here's the deal, guys: The Republicans - read the Republican campaign plan, the Senate campaign they put out this year. Go online and read it. Senator Rick Scott of Florida heads that campaign committee. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: It's all in black and white. I'm not making it up. You can go online and read it. They want to require Congress to vote on the future of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid every five years to decide whether they continue. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: No, no, every five years, they get to vote to change, to cut, to reduce, or entirely eliminate Social Security and other things. How's that make us feel knowing you guy - AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: And then along - you know, remember that song, Along Comes Jones? And then along comes Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: He - he's arguing that five years is too long to wait to savage these programs people depend on. He wants to put Social Security and Medicare literally on that chopping block every single year, treated like any other appropriation. Let me remind you: You paid for your Social Security and Medicare. (Applause.) It's taken out of your paycheck from the time you're 18 years old. (Applause.) The same guy who said - he's the same guy who said if the Republicans get control of the Congress, they're coming after the Affordable Care Act again, denying health insurance to anyone with a preexisting condition. That's the only reason they have - they're able to get it. Only reason they get - if they have a preexisting condition, the only way they can insurance is because of the Affordable Care Act. That's not a joke. This guy never stops. (Laughter.) But guess what? I ain't stopping either. (Applause.)

CNN's Elie Honig: Appointment Of Special Master Is A Win For Trump In Mar-a-Lago Documents Case

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 18:20
CNN legal correspondent Elie Honig and CNN host Victor Blackwell discuss the latest update on the federal judge's decision to appoint an independent "special master" to handle allegedly classified documents seized at the home of the former president.

WH Press Secretary Refers To Nord-Stream Pipeline As "Nordstrom"

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 17:25
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accidentally did an ad for the Nordstrom department store during comments at Tuesday's briefing about the shutdown of the main gas pipeline from Russia to Europe. Read more: Russia's Nord Stream Pipeline Closure Lands Economic Blow Against Europe

White House: "Ridiculous" To Compare Claims That 2016 and/or 2020 Election Were "Stolen"

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 17:18
FOX News reporter Peter Doocy dug up some comments in which White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre engaged in a little bit of "election denialism" in the wake of the 2016 Trump victory. Doocy asked if Democrats who questioned and doubted the results in 2016 are showing any hypocrisy by saying now that Republicans doing the same thing after 2020 are a "threat to democracy." "If denying election results is extreme now, why wasn't it then?" Doocy asked. Jean-Pierre rejected the comparison as "ridiculous" and reminded Doocy that "people died" on January 6, 2021.

In a society with a free press, the roomful of reporters would be asking this question.

Instead only one will.

- Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 6, 2022 PETER DOOCY, FOX NEWS: A follow-up about the MAGA Republican attention. If we're all in agreement that it is incorrect to say the 2020 election was stolen, what about the 2016 election? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I'm not going to go back to where we were or what happened in 2016. We're going to focus on the here and now and what's happening today. This inflection point the president pointed out very clearly and very decisively in a few speeches about what the country needs to do at this time to bring the country together. And that's where a majority of Americans are, when it comes to protecting our democracy... rights... and freedoms. That's what we're going to focus on -- where we are today. DOOCY: I'm just trying to understand the new focus on the MAGA Republicans. You tweeted in 2016 that Trump stole an election. KJP: I knew this was coming. I was waiting, Peter, when you were going to ask me this question. DOOCY: Well, here we go. You tweeted that Donald Trump stole an election. You tweeted that [Georgia Gov.] Brian Kemp stole an election. If denying election results is extreme now, why wasn't it then? KJP: Let's be really clear, that comparison that you made is just ridiculous. DOOCY: You said it was ridiculous? KJP: I was talking specifically at that time about what was happening with voting rights, and what was in danger of voting rights. That's what I was speaking to at this time. I have said Gov. Kemp won the election in Georgia, I have said that. I have said that President Trump won the election of 2016 and I have been clear about that. What we are talking about now is, that let's not forget about what happened on January 6, 2021. We saw an insurrection, a mob that was incited by the person who occupied this campus, this facility, at that time. And it was an attack on our democracy. Let's not forget, people died that day. Law enforcement were attacked that day. ... So, yes, when you have MAGA Republicans, an extreme part of Republicans who just deny or do not want to really say what exactly happened that day, or say it was a protest, a peaceful protest, that is clearly not what we saw. Yes, the president is going to call that out and a majority of Americans agree with him... on protecting our democracy... freedom... and rights.

President Biden Says Heckler Is "Destroying Democracy"

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 16:48
President Biden mentioned a heckler who was removed from his Labor Day speech on Monday as one of the MAGA Republicans who is "destroying democracy."

MSNBC's Joy Reid: Did Donald Trump Stealing Classified Documents Lead To "Rash Of Deaths Of American Spies" Last Year?

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 16:07
MSNBC's Joy Reid, NBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner, and "The Nation" editor Elie Mystal speculated Monday evening about whether the alleged deaths of dozens of CIA informants around the world over the past two years might be related to the former president taking at least "18 classified documents" to his Florida home when he left the White House: JOY REID: You know, while all of this is happening, we know that in 2021, there was a rash of deaths of American spies. They were being caught. They were being killed. Because this is a very real and exigent circumstance and the CIA has admitted to that now. We are not saying that we know that there is some connection between the purloined documents and that and those events, but they did happen at a time when Trump did have custody of some really sensitive information that he shouldn't have had. You know, you think about that. You think about Victor Vekselberg, who's being investigated for something else, for fraud. But he is a, you know, Russian oligarch, sort of in Trump crony world. His house recently got raided. His yacht got seized. He's being investigated for something totally different. But Trump knows the kinds of people who one might want to investigate, who might want to do bad things to the United States and might not be on our side. And I wonder how frustrated you think law enforcement must be knowing that they can't look into any of that. GLENN KIRSCHNER: You know, both our intelligence community and our law enforcement community must be beside themselves right now because Donald Trump absolutely has information and evidence about how those documents that he stole and unlawfully concealed at Mar-a-Lago might have compromised national security. The reason I state that definitively is because he knows who he showed them to, who he let copy them, who he let take a snapshot of them, who he might have given, or worse, sold the information that was in those 43 empty classified documents folders. He has this information in his head, at least some of it. And from outward appearances, Joy, our federal government has done nothing to extract it from him. Just imagine, if other living presidents. Right? President Bush, President Clinton, President Carter, President Obama. If they had information up there. That could help protect our national security. That could help mitigate the national security threat. Do you think they would just kind of, sit back and keep it to themselves? They couldn't sprint to the executive branch quickly enough to share it, to provide it, to mitigate the threat? This executive branch, this Department of Justice, has not, at least as far as we know, demanded Donald Trump sat down for an interview and debrief to provide the information he has "up here" about what he did with those documents that would help protect our nation. This Department of Justice that hasn't subpoenaed him and it hasn't compelled him to appear before a grand jury to divulge what he knows about how he compromised our national security. I know that brings with it problems like you have immunity, doesn't that make the prospect of a successful prosecution more difficult? Yes. But one thing at a time. We have to take the first step on the road to try to protect our nation. Then, the third thing that they could be doing and they're not. They could be arresting Donald Trump. Because they have probable cause plus, plus, plus, plus. Arrest him, Mirandize him... then interrogate him if he waives his Miranda rights, and extract from him, information that could protect our national security. As best we can tell, the Department of Justice is doing none of that. JOY REID: Glenn tweeted: "After learning today that Trump had 43 empty folders in his office that should've contained classified documents, the FBI and DHS are now searching and seizing boxes from the New York and Florida properties of Russian oligarch Victor Vekselberg. Coincidence?" We don't know. Again, we don't know the answer to that. But I wonder from your having read through this order, would this order from this judge prevent if in this separate investigation of Victor Vekselberg, who is, you know, a Russian oligarch whose yacht was seized in some sort of fraud investigation. Would this order prevent federal law enforcement from investigating whether -- I don't know -- whether he had any of those documents? Could they do any investigation whatsoever for this order? ELIE MYSTAL: It is not that I think the order would prevent that, though there is a credible argument -- it is that Victor Vekselberg's attorneys are going to say that. Remember the bad guys are trying to win too. ... There are always two sides to an argument and the bad people hire lawyers too. ... The bigger context here is that Trump stole these documents, as clear as we can tell, sometime in January [2021] or December 2020. That's a long time ago. ... This is why you can't let criminals walk free. You have to arrest them and stop them when you can, so they don't continue to commit crimes. JOY REID: Don't try this at home kids, unless you can appoint your own judge, and you can't! ELIE MYSTAL: They would have gotten me! JOY REID: We'd all be under the jail. Hat tip to Mediaite: MSNBC's Joy Reid Goes There – Notes Trump Had 'Custody' of Classified Info During 'Rash' of U.S. Spy Deaths

Is Biden's New Strategy Of Attacking MAGA Republicans Going To Help Democrats In November?

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 15:47
RealClearPolitics co-founder and president Tom Bevan and Washington bureau chief Carl Cannon look ahead to the 2022 midterms and discuss how President Biden's new rhetoric will shape campaigns over the homestretch. Also, a judge grants former President Trump's request for a special master to review the documents seized by the FBI during its raid on Mar-a-Lago.

Full: WH Press Briefing With Karine Jean-Pierre (6 September 2022)

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 15:36
Tuesday's White House press briefing is scheduled for noon.

Van Jones: Biden Is Missing A Big Opportunity To Be America's "Grandpa-in-Chief"

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 15:32
Former Obama advisor Van Jones delivered the following advice to President Biden on CNN's "Situation Room" on Monday night: PRESIDENT BIDEN: This new group headed by the former defeated president, we've found ourselves in a situation where we're going to look forwards or backwards, and it is clear where the MAGA Republicans are. They're extreme. Democracy is really at stake. ... VAN JONES: I think he's trying to do something that's difficult. He wants this election to be a choice between Trump and himself, and not just a referendum on inflation, et cetera. So, that's a part of the political strategy here. I still think he's missing a big opportunity because if you think that the reason people are going in the Trump direction, these extreme directions, is because these are just bad people, terrible people, dumb people, mean people, you can write them off. But if you're Joe Biden, you've got to know, it's deeper than that. You've got grief out there. You've got fear out there. And when people are grieving the America they thought they were going to get, or the life they thought they were going to have, they can make bad decisions. When people are scared of the future and they're scared of what's happening, they can make bad decisions. And I think that Joe Biden's core empathy, his ability to relate to some of these very voters, is something that he needs to dial back up. At the end of the day he's still Joe Biden. He's the only Democrat we have, frankly, that can say to these guys, "Look, I know you, and you're better than this. I'm not just going to write you off. I'm not going to let you get away with this. I need you on my team. I need you to be a part of rebuilding this country. You need to be a part of a better movement than the one you're in right now. I need you." That is not coming across yet and it needs to. Even if nobody listens to it and changes their vote, it can change people's hearts. It can change people's perspective of does the commander-in-chief like me? Does he see me, or has he already written me off as somebody who is just irredeemable? And I just think Joe Biden has the opportunity to do what very few leaders could do, which is to disagree, but still continue reaching out. ... I know people on both sides. We have four political parties in this country, the progressive Democrats, mainstream Democrats, mainstream Republicans, and MAGA Republicans. I know people in all four parties and all four parties are dysfunctional in their own way, but what is core is all of them are concerned about where we're going and feel like they're not being heard. They're all afraid. You need the grandpa-in-chief to continue to sit people down [and say], "Vote against me, that's fine. What Joe Biden should be saying is, guys, I'm not even asking you guys to become Democrats. I want you to become Republican again. I want you to actually be true to your best values. You are the party of Lincoln. You are the party of Jack Kemp. I want to work with you, be your best self. I'll fix my party. I've got nuts in my party, but you've got to be better in your own party." That kind of conversation from Joe Biden, I think would shock a lot of people. I think the idea that you only talk to people if you can convince them to vote for you, and if they won't vote with you, you don't care about them, that's not us. That's some new, weird stuff in America. It works on Twitter. It doesn't work when you're trying to run a country.

Jim Jordan: Republicans Should "Lean In" To Being The "Pro-Life Party" After Dobbs Decision

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 15:24
GOP Rep. Jim Jordan made the case Tuesday morning on FNC's "FOX & Friends" that Republicans should not back down on the issue of abortion in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade FOX NEWS HOST: Real quick on the Dobbs decision, what's your Republican message on abortion? REP. JIM JORDAN: Lean into it. We are the pro-life party. We are going to protect the sanctity of human life, and Democrats have the radical position. They are the ones who think you should be able to take the unborn child's life right up until their birthday, for goodness sake, and they had a governor in Virginia just a few years ago who said even after that fact, you could take the life of a child. That is frightening. So, lean into it and talk about we are the party that's going to protect the sanctity of human life as we have always been. This was a huge win for the precious nature of human life, and I don't think we should shy away from it.

Chris Matthews: Republican Senate Candidates "Terrified" Of Donald Trump Using His Power Of Mockery, Violent Language

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 15:18
Longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews told "Morning Joe" this morning that the former president's "astounding" control over the Republican Party comes from his favorable attitude toward political violence and his ability to shamelessly mock others. CHRIS MATTHEWS: When I watched Trump this weekend, I watched him talking about violent protesters (or just noisy protesters). He was saying beat them up. "That's what we used to do, beat them up. That's how we handle these people." He is talking about it right there in front of us. He's talking in violent language. That's how he is. He loves this stuff. The more violent, the better. The demonstration against the Capitol -- he watched it for two hours and enjoyed it. We saw what he did. I don't know how he controls people's minds. That's the part that amazes me. He didn't tell Rudy Giuliani to show up drunk at the White House and tell him he won, but he did. Rudy Giuliani, America's mayor, showed up drunk at the White House and said, "You won the election." And he said, "Great, come on in, I want to hear more about it." I mean, how do you get people like Mark Meadows to behave like that? How does Kevin McCarthy become so quickly won over by this guy's brain? I mean, it is astounding to watch this man manipulate his party. And there are a lot of MAGA Republicans out there. So many that the people in power are afraid to challenge them, to go against them. Violence seems to come with Trump. There's no doubt about it. ... WILLIE GEIST, MSNBC: We were talking about Marco Rubio a minute ago, that they so fear not just Donald Trump, but his base of support, that Marco Rubio, by the way, the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, is waiving off taking challenge classified documents and storing them at Mar-a-Lago as if that's just a storage issue. Why are they doing this? CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me give you names. Dr. Oz is the Republican nominee for senator in Pennsylvania. Not McCormick. McCormick would be a challenge, I think he would be a challenge, we could all agree, to [Democratic candidate John] Fetterman. [McCormick is] more like Pat Toomey. He seems like a moderate Republican in a sense of fiscal issues and things traditional Republican issues. He seems like one of those people. [Pennsylvania Senate nominee] Dr. Oz is from New Jersey. He's just so far off the -- he's not even in the right place. [Ohio Senate nominee] J.D. Vance, who wrote a book against Trump, has now decided he is for Trump because it was to his advantage, Trump picked him. Wherever he goes he's picking candidates and dis-unpicking other ones, they're afraid of being unpicked. That's what it is. Rubio, what is it, you know, "Little Marco," he's probably afraid of being nabbed with that one again, made fun of with a nickname, which he was so effectively in 2016 -- they're afraid of this guy.

Biden Labor Day Speech: Not Every Republican Is A MAGA Republican, Full Of "Anger, Violence, Hate, and Division"

Tue, 09/06/2022 - 00:42
President Biden delivered a speech Monday on Labor Day in Milwaukee on the dignity of American workers. PRESIDENT BIDEN: Hello, Milwaukee! (Applause.) My name is Joe Biden. I am Jill Biden's husband. (Applause.) And I want to start by saying: Any child under 12 years of age deserves a little extra ice cream or something for doing this. (Laughter.) This has got to be the most boring thing in the world for you, honey. (Laughter.) But we're going to work something out for you, I promise. Folks, if you have seat, don't hesitate to take them. AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, Uncle Joe! THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, man. (Applause.) Well, you know, I think this is getting to be a pretty good - a good year for a Labor Day. (Applause.) Eduardo, thank you for that introduction. It's great to be with Governor Evers, Representative Gwen Moore. Where's Gwen? There you go, Gwen. I love you, kid. (Applause.) You've been there every step of the way when I've needed help as President. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (Applause.) And Mayor Johnson. Where is Mayor - where is the mayor? There you go. You've got those two beautiful girls and a son. I tell you what, you got to tell your girls you got to be patient with we dads. We're hard to raise. We're hard to raise. (Laughter.) And - and I - where is the county executive? Stand up big guy? I think these guys spend - I think these two guys spend all their time in the gymnasium. They look like they're in too good a shape. (Applause.) And I want to thank Tammy - she couldn't be here today - who's a champion of working people and always there. (Applause.) You know, and the same goes to Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, who couldn't be here, but - (applause) - he's going be your next United States senator. (Applause.) Oh, he is. And I want to thank Liz Shuler for her fearless leadership at the AFL-CIO. And thanks to Pam for your leadership of the AFL-CIO here in Milwaukee. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (Applause.) Where is she? Back there. Okay, there you are, Pam. I was - okay. I wonder where everyone is sitting. And how about actually having a union guy as the Secretary of Labor? (Applause.) I'll tell you what, if you're going to be in a foxhole, you want Marty in there with you. Now, you may have trouble understanding when he starts talking about car barns - (said in Boston accent) - and (inaudible) garages and talks - (laughter) - he talks kind of funny, but he knows what he's talking about. I promised to be the most pro-union President in American history, and Marty is keeping me to make that promise. (Applause.) And by the way, the reason for that, I'll - and I've - I've had this conversation with the Business Roundtable and all the major chambers of commerce - is not just - just that I think that it's important that people get a shot. But, look the reason why - the reason why businesses should be hiring labor folks is simple: You have - you're the single-greatest technicians in the world. You're the best laborers in the world. You build the best product. And no, no, I'm not just joking. I'm not just saying that. But people forget - a lot of the trades - they forget - you go to four, five years of school - your apprenticeship. It's like going back to college. It's not like you, all of a sudden, just step - step in. You build a better product, it lasts longer, and it's cheaper for the business, and it's better for the country. (Applause.) Look - folks, Labor Day is a special day in the country for - and here in Milwaukee. This is one of the biggest Labor Day events in America you all have here. (Applause.) And it's a special day to me as well. Because the fact of the matter is I wouldn't be here without unions - unions: electricians, ironworkers, letter carriers, Teamsters, laborers, bricklayers, transit workers, plumbers and pipefitters, steelworkers. (Applause.) I wouldn't be here without cops, firefighters, teacher, nurses. (Applause.) I wouldn't be here without painters, pilots, autoworkers, custodians, carpenters, grocery store workers, steel metal workers, and so many others. That's not a joke. That's not a joke. I got elected when I was 29 years old to the United States Senate in a state that had recently been right to work. You know why? Because union labor endorsed me and fought for me. (Applause.) So bad news for you all is: I'm here because of you. Look, the middle class - the middle class built America. Everybody knows that. But unions built the middle class. (Applause.) That's a fact. That's a fact. Look, folks, I believe we're at an inflection point in American history - I really mean that - that comes around every five or six generations, an inflection where - one of those moments where everything is changing. Everything is changing. And we're going to have to ask whether we want to be a country that moves forward or backwards; we're going to - we're going to build a future or we're going to obsess about the past. I've said many times: We're the only country in the world that's come out of every crisis we ever faced stronger than we went in it. No other nation has done that. (Applause.) And we do it because we've been a nation of unity, of hope, of optimism - not as a nation of division and violence and hatred that's being preached by some others. I want to be very clear up front: Not every Republican is a MAGA Republican. Not every Republican embraces that extreme ideology. I know because I've been able to work with mainstream Republicans my whole career. But the extreme MAGA Republicans in Congress have chosen to go backwards - full of anger, violence, hate, and division. But together, we can and we must choose a different path: forward. (Applause.) No, I really mean it. We have to. A future of unity, of hope, of optimism. We're going to choose to build a better America - a better America. (Applause.) There's no question it's been a hard few years, but we've come a long way. Today, COVID no longer controls our lives. More Americans are working than at any time in all of American history. Last year, more people applied to start small businesses than any year in history. But it didn't just happen. We never gave up. We never gave in. And we are delivering for working- and middle-class Americans now - now. (Applause.) Nearly 10 million new jobs - more jobs than have ever been created at this point in any presidency in history. Wages are up. Unemployment remains near a 50-year low. And the big reason for all this is the American Rescue Plan that I signed into law shortly after taking office - (applause) - with the help of your Democratic members of Congress. That's how we got it done. Not one, single Republican vote. And the plan took America from economic crisis to economic recovery. And here in Wisconsin, your governor and your mayor of Milwaukee used that money like it's supposed to be used: keeping city workers on the job in the face of rising costs, keeping streets safe by fixing streetlights, training 130 new firefighters, helping hire close to 200 more police officers. And not a single Republican voted for that - not one, single one. Every single Republican in Congress in this state voted against that funding. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: So, let me remind you - no, I really mean it. Let me remind you what else was in that American Rescue Plan. A thing called the Butch Lewis Act. (Applause.) Now, look, for too long, most Americans didn't know what that means. Those of you who have been driving trucks from factories to stores; bagging our groceries; building our buildings, bridges, roads, so much more. And with each paycheck you earn, the employers put that money into pension plan. But some companies didn't set aside enough money to pay for those plans. And as a result, hundreds of pensions - 2 to 3 million workers and retirees - were going insolvent. Millions of retirees were at risk of losing their retirement security through no fault of your own. So, with the American Rescue Plan, we passed the Butch Lewis Act to protect pensions all of you worked so damn hard for - (applause) - pensions you sacrificed for. In retirement, it'd be a little like losing your Social Security and your Medicare. It's one of the most significant achievements union workers and retirees - for union workers and retirees in over 50 years. And I'll say it again: Not a single Republican congressman voted to protect your pensions - not one. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: And by the way, I know a lot of them wanted to vote for it, but they're afraid of losing primaries in this new Republican Party. We also passed a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation's roads, highways, bridges, railroads, ports, water systems, high-speed Internet. Folks, your governor has already repaired over 5,000 miles [of roads], 1,500 bridges here in Wisconsin alone. Just a start. (Applause.) We will, when this is over, have the best infrastructure - not a joke - in the entire world. The single-best in the world. (Applause.) And that means jobs. No, that means jobs. That means we continue to lead the world. You can't do it without the best ports. You can't do it without the best airports. You can't do it - I'm not going to go on, but the point is: You can't do it. Right here in Milwaukee, it's estimated 40 percent of the homes still have lead service water - lead pipes for their water. Because of the Infrastructure Law, the city is receiving millions of dollars to replace lead pipes to make sure families have safe drinking water. (Applause.) Your child shouldn't have to worry about turning on the faucet or going to school, going to the water fountain and worrying about any kind of lead in the water. Look, it's the biggest investment in America since President Eisenhower's Interstate Highway Act. And we made sure that the Infrastructure Law included significant labor protections. For example, the majority of the funds in the law are subject to Davis-Bacon. (Applause.) And it's not just because I wanted to help unions. It's simple: You're the best in the world. That's not hyperbole. No, you really - it's not a joke. You really, genuinely are. You don't just decide you want to be a pipefitter or an electrician. It takes you four to five years of hard work - the apprenticeships. It's like going to college. You're the best-trained workers in the world, and you deserved to be treated that way. (Applause.) And by the way, those of you who know me, no one ever doubts I mean what I say. The problem is, I sometimes say all that mean. (Laughter.) I've made the same comments to the Business Rountable, to the Chamber of Commerce. They understand it. They don't want to pay it; they understand it, though. Because it's true. I also signed the CHIPS and Science Act, a groundbreaking law. We'll once again manufacture semiconductor chips that power everyday - everything - our smartphones, dishwashers, automobiles, national security stuff - right here in America. Guess what? We invented it here. We invented it here in America. (Applause.) And by the way, the reason why last time out, last year, inflation was so high - you know the biggest reason? Cost of automobiles. You know why they cost so much? They didn't have the computer chips to make the automobiles. Folks, here in Wisconsin, Senator Baldwin made clear that you're ready to take advantage of this law with world-class universities and a workforce that knows how to manufacture a product here in Wisconsin. This law is going to create tens of thousands of jobs in America, bringing billions of dollars of investment here in America - well over $100 billion in investments in America, revitalizing American manufacturing. (Applause.) Where is written - where is it written that says America can't lead the world in manufacturing? Where does it say that? We've exported too damn much. In fact, next week, I'm going to Ohio for the groundbreaking of a multi-billion-dollar semiconductor manufacturing plant. (Applause.) The company is Intel. It's one of the largest investments of its kind ever. They're putting $20 billion in as a start. It's going to create thousands of jobs - thousands - 7,000 construction jobs just building the facilities; 5,000 permanent jobs for blue-collar workers who will make $125,000 a year in those jobs. (Applause.) And by the way, if you take a look, manufacturers all over the world are coming to the United States - (applause) - from Korea, from Japan, from all over the world. Why? You know why the head of an outfit out of Korea told me they're coming here? Because we have the safest environment and the best workers in the world. (Applause.) That's a fact. We do. I'm not just saying this. This is real. (Applause.) Look, folks, it means we're going to build the future in America with American workers in American factories using American-made products. (Applause.) Look, it's something most people don't know, but you guys out there in this audience know: 15 percent of our military become - veterans become union workers when they leave the military. Fifteen percent. (Applause.) How many veterans out there? Holler out. (Applause.) You got it. In my State of the Union Address, I put forward what I call a Unity Agenda that - including taking care of our veterans. Look, we have a lot of responsibilities but only one sacred responsibility - not a joke, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart and I've said it from the first day I entered politics: We have an obligation to equip those we send into harm's way and care for them and their families when they come home - (applause) - both their families - especially our veterans who've been exposed to toxic burn pits, like my son. Those pits the size of football fields - 8, 9, 10 feet deep in Afghanistan and Iraq - I was in and out of those countries over 35 times in the middle of these wars as Vice President - that incinerate wastes of war - tires, poisons, chemicals, jet fuel, so much more. A lot of people, like my son, had their hooch just probably 300, 500 yards from those pits. You could smell it. You could inhale it. Well, guess what? These poisonous fumes just came - people came home with headaches, numbness, dizziness, cancer. I just signed - we call it the PACT Act - to take care of these veterans - (applause) - who need medical assistance and to provide for their families when they are gone. (Applause.) For God's sake, it's the least we can do. It's the least we - AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, Joe! THE PRESIDENT: Well, I love you too, kiddo. I tell ya - Look, like I said, I believe we have a lot of obligations - we have a lot of obligations, but only one sacred obligation, and that's to take care of those vets we send overseas and when they come home. AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.) THE PRESIDENT: No, I know - I - but I really mean it. And as I said, I just signed into law a historic Inflation Reduction Act. (Applause.) It wasn't easy to take big drug companies, but we did. I've been fighting them since I got in Congress 180 years ago. (Laughter.) You know, we pay more for our prescription drugs in the United States of America than any major country in the world - here in the United States. Okay? There's no reason for it. For the last several decades, many of us have been trying to fix the problem. But for decades, Big Pharma tried to block giving lower drug prices for those on Medicare or anywhere else. For decades, Big Pharma won - year in, year out - because they own chunks of the Congress, because they had help, like your senior senator, Ron Johnson, who said - AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: No, I - I want to say what he said. He said he opposed lowering drug costs because it would result in punishing the pharmaceutical industry. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I mean, come on, man. (Applause.) Not this year. We beat Pharma this year. We beat Pharma this year, and it mattered. We're going to change people's lives. (Applause.) We finally beat Pharma. Now Medicare will have the power to negotiate lower prescription drug prices. We can guarantee no senior - no senior will have to pay more than $2,000 out of pocket for their drugs for the entire year, no matter whether their bill is $50,000. No more than $2,000. Period. (Applause.) And if you're on Medicare and you have diabetes, your cost for insulin will be capped at $35. (Applause.) And by the way, there's a reason for that. You know how much it costs for them to make and package the insulin for diabetes? Ten bucks. Ten. Any of you have to - you need that insulin or your children need it. You know what it costs. It costs you somewhere between 650 and 1,000 bucks a month. It's outrageous. Well, guess what? We also had, in this bill of mine - we also had a provision that affected people who weren't on Medicare, but because of the leadership of your senior senator and others, it got defeated. But I'm coming back and getting it. (Applause.) Imagine - this about this. Imagine being a mom or a dad - I mean this from the bottom of my heart. Imagine being a mom or a dad with a kid with Type 2 diabetes, knowing you need that insulin and you don't have the insurance, you can't pay for it. I'm not joking. Think about it. Think about how it would rip your heart it. It's wrong. It's simply wrong. And we're going to end it. It costs 10 bucks, and you can make 35 if you want. That's it. (Applause.) For decades, the biggest corporations - and by the way, I know corporations; I come from the corporate state of the world. (Laughter.) More corporations are incorporated in Delaware than every other nation - every other state in the country combined. Okay? So I could write a doctrine on corporations. (Laughter.) So, it's not like I'm anti-corporation generically. But I do think everybody should pay their fair share. (Applause.) And, by the way - and, by the way, look, for decades, the biggest corporations and the wealthiest Americans have fought to block a fair tax code. Republicans passed a $2 trillion tax cut mainly benefiting the wealthiest corporations under the Trump administration. Put us - AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: By the way, it increased the debt by $2 trillion. Well, guess what? In 2000, 55 of those corporations earned a $40 billion in profit. They didn't pay a single solitary penny in taxes. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: And the wealthiest Americans - of the 700-plus billionaires in America - you know what their average tax rate is - the federal tax? Eight percent. They pay more taxes than any one of you - less - fewer taxes than any of you pay. AUDIENCE MEMBER: It's not right! THE PRESIDENT: It's not right. No, no, I mean, this is - I - it's just outrageous. Well, guess what? Guess what? I wasn't able to take care - anyway. If you're a cop, a teacher, a firefighter, a steelworker, a miner, you pay double that federal tax. It's just wrong. But this year, the American people won. Now, big corporations have to pay at least the minimum tax of 15 percent - at least. (Applause.) The days of billion-dollar companies paying zero, they are over in America. (Applause.) And they know they can afford it. And while we're doing this, we're actually reducing the federal deficit. You know how they talk about responsible de- - they - the last guy left me with a giant deficit. Well, guess what? In my first year I reduced the deficit by $350 billion. (Applause.) And you know how much - you know how much I'm reducing the deficit this year? One trillion, five hundred thousand reduction of the deficit. (Applause.) And, by the way, just by dealing with allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, it means Medicare doesn't have to pay out that many tax dollars to buy them. That alone is reduce - going to reduce, over time, $300 billion in the deficit. You would think that if Republicans really cared about reducing inflation, they'd vote for the Inflation Reduction Act. But every single Republican in House and Senate voted against it. Every single Republican in the House and Senate. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: Now, I admit some of them voted against it. They thought it made sense, but they weren't - they couldn't let Biden, quote, have a victory. It's not my victory. It's American people's victory. (Applause.) In spite of the fact that while doing all this we lowered the deficit by a trillion five this year here, here in America, every single Republican voted against lowering prescription drug prices, against lowering healthcare costs, against protecting your pensions, against lower energy costs, against creating good-paying jobs, against a fairer tax system - every single one in the House and Senate. Every one. And one thing more: When Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Re- - Labor Relations Act - when it passed in the '30s - he didn't say it was okay to be a union. He said - and in fact, it says we should encourage unions - encourage. (Applause.) Well, I'm encouraging unions. (Applause.) That's what I've been doing from day one. It includes for public service sector workers in Wisconsin as well. Today, support for unions in this country is higher than it's been in nearly 60 years. Think about this. You guys know the numbers. Unions are more - have more support today in America in public opinion than any time in 60 years. The key - it's a key way to building the economy, to grow us from the bottom up and the middle out. I'm so sick and tired of trickle-down economics. (Applause.) I come from a family where my dad worked hard. He worked like hell. We lived a decent, middle-class life. We lived in a three-bedroom, split level home in a development that was - there - as we were - the area was growing, with four kids and a grandpop. I sometimes wonder - anyway, I wonder - it was great for us, but those walls are thin. (Laughter.) But all kidding aside, we did fine. No complaints. We did fine. But here's the point: The biggest contrast from what MAGA Republicans - the extreme right, the - the Trumpies - they want to go to - these MAGA Republicans in Congress are coming for your Social Security as well. Now, are you - by the way, as I said, you might think I'm making this - some of this stuff up it's so outrageous. But here's the deal, guys: The Republicans - read the Republican campaign plan, the Senate campaign they put out this year. Go online and read it. Senator Rick Scott of Florida heads that campaign committee. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: It's all in black and white. I'm not making it up. You can go online and read it. They want to require Congress to vote on the future of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid every five years to decide whether they continue. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: No, no, every five years, they get to vote to change, to cut, to reduce, or entirely eliminate Social Security and other things. How's that make us feel knowing you guy - AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: And then along - you know, remember that song, Along Comes Jones? And then along comes Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: He - he's arguing that five years is too long to wait to savage these programs people depend on. He wants to put Social Security and Medicare literally on that chopping block every single year, treated like any other appropriation. Let me remind you: You paid for your Social Security and Medicare. (Applause.) It's taken out of your paycheck from the time you're 18 years old. (Applause.) The same guy who said - he's the same guy who said if the Republicans get control of the Congress, they're coming after the Affordable Care Act again, denying health insurance to anyone with a preexisting condition. That's the only reason they have - they're able to get it. Only reason they get - if they have a preexisting condition, the only way they can insurance is because of the Affordable Care Act. That's not a joke. This guy never stops. (Laughter.) But guess what? I ain't stopping either. (Applause.) Folks, you and I, we offer a starkly different vision for this country - a vision of a fairer, more decent America. One where everybody has a fair share, where every American is treated with - as my dad would say - with dignity. The economy that works for work, not wealth. Now let's me close with this: We're at a serious moment in our nation's history, and it's not hyperb- - (A protester disruption can be heard in the audience.) I mean it from the bottom of my heart. As I said last week, we remain in the battle for the soul of America. By the way - AUDIENCE MEMBER: You're a liar! THE PRESIDENT: All right, God love ya. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: Let him go. Let him go. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Don't - let him - let him go. Let him - he's - look, everybody is entitled to be an idiot. (Applause.) No, no. Everybody is entitled. (Applause.) Okay? Look, extreme MAGA Republicans don't just threaten our personal rights and our economic security, they embrace political violence. (Applause.) Look - no, look, the reason - I'm not talking all Republicans, I'm talking about these extreme MAGA Republicans. Think about it. Think about it. The definition of democracy is you accept the will of the people when the votes are honestly counted. (Applause.) These guys don't do it. Name me a democracy in the world where a leader argues to engage in violence. To this day, MAGA Republicans in Congress defend the mob that stormed the Capitol, and people died later. Senator Johnson said it was a - by and large a peaceful protest. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: Have you seen the videos of what happened on that day, listened to the stories of the members of both parties of Congress and the jeopardy they were put in? Cops attacked and assaulted. Speared with flag poles. Sprayed with mace. Stomped on, dragged, brutalized. Police lost their lives as a result of that day. And the MAGA Republicans and your senior senator said it was a peaceful protest. AUDIENCE: Booo - THE PRESIDENT: Folks, you can't be pro-ex- - you can't be pro-insurrectionist - I'm being deadly earnest now. There's no democracy where you can be pro-insurrection and pro-democracy. (Applause.) So, when I say that democracy is at stake, I mean what I'm saying literally. You can't say you support law enforcement and call the people who attacked the police on January 6th patriots. (Applause.) This was an attack on American democracy and all we stand for. Imagine if you go home this afternoon, turn on the television, and saw several thousand people storming the British Parliament, knocking down the doors, threatening the lives, trying to overthrow the election of the new prime minister, and people dying. What would you think? No, I'm being deadly earnest now. Honest to God, what would you think? You'd think, This is not a democracy. Well, let me tell you something. Let me tell you something: That is why, in this moment, those of you in this country - Democrats, Republicans - and mainstream Republicans and independents - we have to be stronger and more determined and more committed to saving American democracy than the MAGA Republicans and that guy walking out the door are [to] destroying democracy - (applause) - because democracy is at stake. We got to remember who we are. (Applause.) We're the United States of America. There is nothing - nothing we can't do if we do it together. (Applause.) God bless you all. And may God protect our troops. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (Applause.)

Joan Walsh: "I Personally Believe There Will Be More Political Violence, How Could There Not Be?"

Mon, 09/05/2022 - 21:32
'The Nation' columnist Joan Walsh on Monday lamented to MSNBC host Joy Reid that the U.S. doesn't have a "media establishment" that is rising to this moment to protect democracy. Walsh also praised President Biden's primetime speech last week where he denounced "MAGA Republicans." "If you're not a fascist, he's not talking about you," Walsh said. "The fact that it's Republicans who think there will be less democracy and it seems like a lot of them are cheering for it, right? And I personally believe there will be more political violence. How could there not be? We've just been seeing this uptick," Walsh said. "I do think we need Independents and even moderate Republicans. I totally agree. But I also think something Biden's doing right now, the president is doing right now, is roaring, revving up his base. His base has been dispirited. Progressives, black Democrats, people haven't seen enough until recently. Things have gotten better recently. Enough of that fighting spirit. So I think that is definitely important." "We are being let down by a lot of our colleagues in the media, because they nitpicked Biden's speech," Walsh said. "They nitpicked the coloring. They nitpicked the Marines. And they have, again, created this kind of false equivalence between his, you know, naming of extremism and Trump's rhetoric, and there's no equivalence. So, to the extent that I worry about democracy, which is actually a lot, part of it is that we don't have -- we still do not have a media establishment that is rising to this moment of this threat to democracy."

Rep. Tom Emmer: Voters Are Pissed Off About DOJ's Double Standard Toward Trump, Republicans

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 19:52
GOP Rep. Tom Emmer, the head of the NRCC, told "FOX News Sunday" that the Republican Party is not distancing itself from former President Trump and predicted that "pissed off" voters will retake the majority in Congress in this midterm elections. "The raid on the former president's home is not only unprecedented," Emmer said. "And while they're doing all this, Hunter Biden is still out there being able to peddle influence all around the world, and they do nothing to him. Americans are pissed about that." MIKE EMANUEL, FOX NEWS: Does former President Trump being in the news hurt your candidates because then you aren't hammering inflation, gasoline prices, the border crisis, and, of course, crime in major American cities? REP. TOM EMMER: Look, the American intelligence agency and this administration has been after Donald Trump since day one. In fact the intelligence agency has been after him since he started running for office. And now, the White House has prioritized going after anyone who disagrees with them. In fact, the White House press secretary last week said that anybody who disagrees with the Democrats and the White House, with the Biden administration, is an extremist. The raid on the former president's home is not only unprecedented, it's outrageous. And by the way, this double standard is why so many Americans are pissed off about this, Republicans, Democrats, independents, because while they go after Donald Trump and suggest that he's de something which they've been doing for years, I would say that they lost their credibility six years ago with the Russian collusion hoax. And while they're doing all this, Hunter Biden is still out there being able to peddle influence all around the world, and they do nothing to him. Americans are pissed about that. They're going to show up in November and Democrats are going to answer for it. EMANUEL: Have you or your team at the NRCC recommended to any Republicans that they distance themselves from former President Trump? EMMER: Absolutely not. The president has been a fantastic ally of ours, especially when it comes to fundraising. And our candidates, again, what we tell them is you know your districts, you know how to run to the people that are going to be voting for you in November. And I am convinced that when people vote, they are going to ask the question, am I better off today than I was two years ago? And they're going to say overwhelming, no. Prices are out of control, my security is in jeopardy, it's time for a change. And they're going to vote in a new Republican majority.

KJP: Biden Called Out Moderate Republicans To Take On "Extreme" MAGA Movement Which "Has Taken Over" GOP

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 18:15
White House spokesman Karine Jean-Pierre told MSNBC on Sunday morning that the president's big speech Thursday about the threat MAGA Republicans pose to the future of democracy. JONATHAN CAPEHART, MSNBC: Let's talk about the president's speech on Thursday, he used the phrase "MAGA Republicans" more than a dozen times. At this point is there a difference between traditional mainstream Republicans and those who follow Donald Trump? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: He believes so and he made that very clear in his speech as well. When you heard from the president on Thursday, is he was speaking from the heart about what is currently happening. The inflection, point as he called it in this country, we need to continue, and he is going to protect our democracy, protect our values and our freedoms and our rights. He sees that, that if all of those things he just laid out under assault. He is calling on Democrats, independents, and mainstream Republicans, to really come together and make that decision and stand together to make their voices heard, so that we can protect what is the most important to our value as a country. That is what you heard from this president. I'll just add it folks have not watched his speech, they should go online and take a look and listen or read it, go to our website. It is such a powerful and passionate, speech... And we just really want to make sure people get an opportunity to hear from the president himself. ... The president he believes he should be the strongest voice on democracy and that is what he's doing. He's using his voice to lift that up, to show with the inflection point that we are in this current moment. And how much it is important to protect those values. ... JONATHAN CAPEHART: It's, good this really good to know. I want to get back to something you said a moment ago, the president is speaking from the heart. I've long said that the present is never more clear than when he is talking about the soul of the nation. And that is what the speech was. But, I am wondering why it took the president so long to go there, to name names. The president's really good friend, Chris Coons of Delaware actually said it was only reluctantly that he chose to give such a clear and forceful warning about what lies ahead. Does that explain it? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: The president has laid out -- this is not time the first time he's giving a soul of the nation speech. He wrote about it back in August of 2017, where we are as a country then. Especially after what we saw on Charlottesville. The two of us have talked about that. He's talked about January six and what he saw that day, what we've all saw that day. This insurrection, this mob came to attack our democracy. And our law enforcement officers. And he called that out then. When we have seen legislation, extreme legislation, from MAGA Republicans. As he said he used those words on the Senate to cut and to put on the chopping block medicare and social security. He has called them out. He has talked about it as well. When we saw the Dobbs decision from the Supreme Court, to take away rights from women, a 50-year constitutional right, nearly 50 years of constitutional rights. That we have had here in this country. He's called that out. He has taken plenty of times to call out where we are with the extreme part of the Republican Party. And he will continue to do that, which we, call as you know, the MAGA Republicans, that MAGA ideology. JONATHAN CAPEHART: In his pre-rebuttal, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, among many things, that he took issue with the things you were talking about, those legislative accomplishments. But he also says that the president owes half the country an apology. Does the president? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Look, the president was really clear. All you have to, do again, folks need to watch his speech, go read his speech. If you haven't, it is powerful and impactful. And you will hear directly from the commander-in-chief when he was speaking to. And he actually called out, he called out mainstream Republicans, Democrats, and independents, to come to join him to help protect, to fight to protect our democracy. It was about a specific particular extreme, extreme part of the party, which has taken over. And here is the thing. It is up to us at this moment to make sure that we are protecting the values of this country. That is why he did this speech at Independence Hall.

Marie Harf: Republicans Who Spent Years Calling Obama A Communist Now "Clutching Their Pearls" When Biden Says He'll Defend Democracy

Sun, 09/04/2022 - 18:01
Marie Harf, who served as President Obama's State Department spokesperson, quipped on FOX News Sunday's weekly political panel that Democrats are in a pretty good position ahead of the midterm elections as Republicans as "clutching their pearls" about President Biden's speech and MAGA Fascism. MARIE HARF: I think increasingly Democrats want to make it about what President Biden and Democrats in Congress have gotten done -- the infrastructure bill, burn pits and healthcare for veterans, negotiating prescription drug prices. Democrats should say this is what we've done when we were in charge and in all these states, whether it is Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania, Herschel Walker in Georgia, or J.D. Vance in Ohio, these are extremeists. And for Republicans who have spent so much time calling my party communist, anti-American, anti-Christian to be suddenly clutching their pearls because Joe Biden said democracy is worth defending, that is a message Democrats are willing to take to every state, especially when it is extremists on the ballot on the other side. Democrats feel good today.