In a heated speech on gun safety, crime, and law enforcement on Tuesday, President Joe Biden launched an attack on “MAGA Republicans,” slamming some of former president Donald Trump’s most ardent backers for defending rioters who stormed the Capitol last year, calling to defund the FBI, and refusing to support stricter gun safety measures.
In a speech given in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, he remarked, “Let me say this to my MAGA Republican friends in Congress: Don’t tell me you support law enforcement if you won’t denounce what happened on the sixth.” He was alluding to the assault that occurred on January 6, 2021.
Whose side are you on, for the love of God? Which side do you support? Biden went on. You either support the cops or the crowd, according to this saying. Pro-law enforcement and pro-insurrection are mutually exclusive. You cannot claim to be a party of law and order and refer to the assailants of the police on January 6 as “patriots.” No, you can’t.
In response to the search warrant that was carried out at Donald Trump’s home at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, the president also criticized GOP lawmakers for their most recent calls to defund the FBI and for encouraging supporters to threaten law enforcement officials involved in the ongoing investigation.
Biden stated, “It’s sickening to watch the new attacks on the FBI, endangering the lives of law enforcement officers and their families for merely upholding the law and performing their duty.”
The president also criticized South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican, for saying recently that “there really would be riots in the street” if the Justice Department pursues charges against Trump for handling secret information.
Nobody anticipates politics to be a piece of cake. It can be downright cruel at times,” Biden warned. But where the heck are we when you turn on the news and hear top senators and congressmen warn that “if such and such happens, there will be blood in the street”?
With his appearance in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Biden made the first of three significant trips to his home state this week. His other stops include Pittsburgh, where he’ll take part in the Labor Day parade celebrations, and Philadelphia, where he’ll give a speech in prime time on Thursday.
The visits highlight the importance of the fiercely competitive battleground state, where a Senate seat and a governorship are up for grabs, as former President Donald Trump is slated to hold a rally there on Saturday.
The president’s speech on Tuesday served to promote the administration’s Safer America Plan and highlight how – in contrast to a chorus of calls by civil rights and social justice activists and many progressives to defund the police – it would invest more resources in state and local law enforcement and prioritize community policing. The speech was originally scheduled earlier this month but was postponed after the president tested positive for COVID-19.
The solution to public safety in this country, according to Biden, is to fund the police, not cut back on them. Support the police.
We anticipate them to carry out every task, he said. In this county, we have to provide them with the extra resources they need to complete their work.
The plan includes, among other things, hiring over 100,000 new police officers, making investments in crisis responders, mental health and drug-use treatment services, and social workers to lessen the burden on police officers, as well as mandating background checks for all gun sales, and outlawing assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.
Following the shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, and a high school in Uvalde, Texas, Congress passed the Safer Communities Act earlier this year, the first gun safety legislation in three decades. But more must be done, according to Biden, who urged Republicans to defy the powerful National Rifle Association and endorse a ban on assault weapons as well as stricter background checks.
Recounting his interactions with families after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Biden claimed that parents were required to provide DNA samples in order to identify their children because the AR-15 ammunition that the 18-year-old shooter had purchased just days earlier had rendered their bodies unrecognizable.
For the love of God, he demanded, “What is the justification for these weapons outside of a warzone.” “They do serious harm. What in the world is wrong with us? I am not kidding. Consider this. Why are we doing this?
The White House has been waging an unusually aggressive assault in the wake of some significant victories ahead of the midterm elections, and the president’s raised tone is only the latest illustration of this. Biden is scheduled to employ this offensive once more on Thursday night.
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