President Joe Biden is being warned about his “reckless rhetoric” that is inciting violence.
Originally published at WND News Center. Used with permission.
He took to his podium again this week and unleashed a rant on the Democrats’ main talking point leading up to the 2022 midterm elections: that voting against them is a vote for the destruction of democracy.
It’s been echoed back and forth by many Democrats in recent weeks and months, including, notably, Hillary Clinton.
But constitutional expert Jonathan Turley is warning it’s an unwise strategy.
“Democrats and the J6 Committee are pursuing those who engaged in similar inflammatory rhetoric leading up to the January 6th riot. The airways are also now filled with Democrats warning from leaders like Hillary Clinton  that the midterm elections are ‘about to be stolen.’ Likewise, many are campaigning to ban books by figures like Justice Barrett in the name of protecting free speech,” he wrote.
“It is all perfectly Orwellian, but it is not particularly effective. With the over-the-top rhetoric and open bias in the media, the public is tuning out many in the press (which is at record lows in trust). This is becoming a type of primal scream session among friends, cathartic but confined,” he continued.
“President Biden was widely criticized for his Philadelphia speech, but he and others are now doubling down on this type of reckless rhetoric. The likely effect will be to incite further violence and to give license to the most unhinged in our society.”
He noted, “Last night, President Joe Biden returned to his earlier claim that his political opponents are fascists seeking to establish authoritarianism in the United States. While the hellish red background is gone from his controversial Philadelphia address, the message remains: a vote for the GOP is a vote for tyranny. Despite polls showing citizens view the President as inciting political unrest and potential violence with such attacks, the theme was quickly picked up and magnified in the media. Presidential historian Michael Beschloss actually suggested on MSNBC that we could be just days away from an authoritarian hellscape if the GOP prevails in midterm elections — raising the specter of our children being taken away and killed.”
Beschloss, in fact, threatened, “[S]ix nights from now, we could all be discussing violence all over this country. There’s signs that may happen, may God forbid, that losers will be declared winners by fraudulent election officers, or secretary of state candidates, or governors, or state legislatures… We could be six days away from losing our rule of law, and losing a situation where we have elections that we all can rely on. You know, those are the foundation stones of a democracy… Joe Biden is saying the same thing tonight, and a historian 50 years from now – if historians are allowed to write in this country and if they are still free publishing houses and a free press – which I’m not certain of – but if that is true, a historian will say what was at stake tonight and this week was the fact whether we will be a democracy in the future, whether our children will be arrested and conceivably killed.”
Turley warned that, according to Democrats, “The choice is now voting Democratic or lining up your children in front of a firing squad. (Strangely, it will only be our children and not adults targeted by the roaming GOP goon squads). However, it will all be ‘off-the-books.’ After all, Beschloss warned Hayes, ‘we both write history, you and I’ and he is not certain that ‘historians [will be] allowed to write in this country’ if Republicans gain a majority in Congress.”
Also alarmed was Fox News host Jesse Watters, who tried to counsel Biden that the election won’t really be subject to questioning, since it’ll be a “blowout.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported he said, “That was the president of the United States confessing he is about to get wiped out a week from now. No one is going to question the results of this election Mr. President, because it’s going to be a blowout. It’s not even going to be close.”
Biden claimed Republican candidates won’t accept the election results if they lose, charging that, “Democracy is on the ballot for all of us. We know that more and more ballots are cast in early voting or by mail in America. We know that many states don’t start counting those ballots till after the polls close on Nov. 8th. That means in some cases we won’t know the winner of the election for a few days after the election.”
Previously Biden bashed Donald Trump supporters as “a threat to democracy” on Sept. 1, when in an ominous red-light-flooded speech in Philadelphia he made the wild claims.
Kayleigh McEnany, former White House press secretary, explained, “The reason this speech happened, Jesse, the sole reason in my view, is this administration saw the Wall Street Journal poll today. Suburban white women swinging back to the Republican Party to the tune of 27% is the swing. The number two issue they cited was threat to democracy. So they leaned into that. They said democracy over and over and over.”
“‘To Biden, ‘democracy’ means one thing: Democrats having complete power,’ Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton tweeted.”