Joe Biden’s Outrageous, Dishonest Anniversary Speech

Joe Biden’s malicious, imperious January 6 tirade was a fitting way to wrap up a year of constant hectoring and scapegoating from the Oval Office. It was a good, old Biden rant, audaciously dishonest, divisive, authoritarian, but none too surprising coming from a man who recently declared that his “patience” with a large part of the country was “wearing thin.”

To mark the one-year anniversary of the Capitol “insurrection,” Biden delivered a kind of AI-scripted word salad of national security analyst buzzwords, the kind of stuff that you hear from former G-men on MSNBC.

He rehashed sentimental platitudes about “democracy” and painted Trump supporters—millions of American citizens—as a dangerous foreign enemy. The QAnon Trump brigade put a “dagger” to the “throat” of democracy, Biden said. That guy who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk? Not since Lee’s army crossed the Potomac was the nation in greater peril. 

The Left would have us believe that the Right is rewriting the history of January 6, but the shoe is on the other foot. The revisionists are those who want to convince us that a riot, over within a matter of hours and in which the only person intentionally killed was an unarmed protester who was swiftly executed without warning by a Capitol Police officer, was some kind of historic calamity worse than 9/11 and Pearl Harbor combined. Only a deranged partisan could believe such claptrap. 

But Biden was speaking to his base, and one thing that has become apparent since the supposed “insurrection” is that Biden’s base loves a good show trial. To them, the cop who shot Ashli Babbitt is a hero, and the “insurrectionists” being kept as political prisoners are getting what they deserve. Indeed, as Biden laid out his indictment of the kulaks, he saw fit to edify the country on the virtues that they, and their orange leader, lack

“Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm?” he lamented. Later, as he continued his lecture, “You can’t love your country only when you win.” 

Hold on a second. Did the man whose political party spent years waging a public “resistance” against a president they didn’t like really just give a sermon about accepting defeat with grace? Now, after years of “Russian collusion” and “pee tape” hysteria, it’s suddenly verboten to question election results? 

Sorry, it’s just too absurd. Even the Soviets had a sense of humor. 

While claiming the will of the people as his own, Biden went to curiously hyperbolic, belabored lengths to justify the 2020 election as “free and fair.” It was not exactly the speech you would expect a president who feels secure about his authority to give. 

The election wasn’t just clean, Biden said: it was “the greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country.” 

Isn’t it funny how “democracy” always wins when Democrats do? 

Biden could very well have won if the election were free and fair, but this will forever remain a matter of speculation, because the election Americans actually got was a banana republic farce. 

In functioning First World countries, elections are decided on election night, not after days of on-and-off counting in the shadows. That kind of thing tends to breed mistrust, resentment, and suspicion, and justifiably so. 

In “democracy,” voters are afforded a free forum of information in which to choose their leaders. Americans did not get this in 2020. The media tainted the race with an unprecedented degree of censorship and “disinformation,” to borrow one of their new favorite words. They systematically suppressed a major scandal about Biden’s family just days before voters went to the polls. This doubtless had some effect on a race that was decided by thousands of votes. 

Biden surely knows all this, which is why his party has turned January 6 into a blood libel against anyone who questions his authority. Anyone who expects timely, transparent elections free of censorship and manipulation, from this moment forward, is part of a Hitlerian cult, the “Big Lie.” Dissent isn’t just misguided, it’s a crime, an act of treason. 

Does anyone seriously believe that if the “insurrectionists” were from Black Lives Matter, Democrats would be subjecting the country to all of this solemn moralizing? To ask the question is to answer it. 

Nobody has worked harder to normalize political violence in American life than the Democratic Party and its media bodyguards. Biden knows that the business owners who boarded up their shops in the fall of 2020 weren’t afraid of the Proud Boys: they were afraid of how the Left might react to Trump winning after a summer of “mostly peaceful” riots that Biden and his allies encouraged, and then pretended weren’t happening so they could win an election. They have never acknowledged what they did to the country that summer, and doubtless, never will. It was a ruthless, thuggish display of raw political will: as some have described it, a color revolution. 

Suppose Trump had won reelection? What would have been the reaction from Biden and the media? They would have celebrated anti-Trump insurrectionists burning cities down all over the country, just as they had done all summer long.

In November, an anti-white terrorist rammed his car into a crowd of people in a Wisconsin town. Six people died, including a child. Dozens of others were maimed. The Waukesha attack was far bloodier than anything that occurred on January 6, yet Biden and the media have long since moved on. They even defended the attacker, Darrell Brooks, because he is black, and attributed the massacre to his “red SUV” instead. 

But now they want to give lectures on civility?

About Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a Mt. Vernon fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a staff writer and weekly columnist at the Conservative Institute. His writing has also appeared in the Daily Caller. Follow him on Twitter @matt_boose. ‏

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