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Obama warns ‘demonization’ of opponents leads to violence as Biden calls Republicans a threat to democracy

Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats not to demonize their political opponents on Wednesday even as President Joe Biden delivered a speech attacking “MAGA Republicans” and linking them to last week’s assault on the wife’s husband. President Nancy Pelosi.

Obama told a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that demonizing opponents with “over the top” rhetoric could lead to physical violence:

“One thing is clear is this growing habit of demonizing political opponents, of just yelling and thinking not only that I disagree with someone, but that they are bad and bad,” a Obama said. “It creates a dangerous climate. And when we have politicians and elected officials in leadership positions who continue to promote over-the-top rhetoric or take it lightly…more people are going to get hurt.

Obama did not specifically mention Biden, his former vice president. Biden gave a speech at Union Station in which he echoed some of his attacks from his September 1 speech at Independence Hall, portraying Republicans as extremists and dangerous to democracy:

Just days ago, shortly before 2:30 a.m., a man smashed the rear windows and broke into the home of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, America’s third-highest ranking official.

The attacker tried to take Paul hostage. He woke him up and he wanted to tie him up. The assailant ended up using a hammer to crack Paul’s skull.

This all happened after the assault, and it’s just – it’s even hard to say; it’s even hard to say — after the attacker comes into the house asking, “Where’s Nancy?” Where is Nancy?

These are the same words used by the mob when they stormed the United States Capitol on January 6 when they smashed windows, kicked doors, brutally attacked the forces of the order, scoured the halls for officials, and erected a gallows to hang the elder. Vice Chairman, Mike Pence.

It was a raging mob that had been driven into a frenzy by a president repeating over and over again the big lie that the 2020 election was stolen.

It’s a lie that has fueled the dangerous rise in political violence and voter intimidation over the past two years.

You know, American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election. He refuses to accept the will of the people. He refuses to accept the fact that he lost.

He abused his power and put loyalty to himself before loyalty to the Constitution. And he made a big lie an article of faith in the republican party MAGA – the minority of this party.

Biden ignored the political violence used by the left to attack former President Trump and his supporters, such as:

  • Violent attacks by left-wing activists on Trump supporters leaving a rally in California in June 2016
  • November 2016 riots in several Democratic-run cities after Trump was announced as the winner of the election
  • Riots in Washington, DC, during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January 2017
  • Violent rhetoric during the Women’s March and threats against Trump supporters throughout the Trump presidency
  • The 2017 shooting and injuries of Republican members of Congress at a baseball field by a crazed leftist gunman
  • The summer of riots by Black Lives Matter supporters – tolerated or encouraged by Democrats – in the summer of 2020
  • Threats of riots ahead of 2020 presidential election, forcing businesses in Democratic-run cities to close their windows
  • The attempted stabbing of New York Republican Representative for Governor Lee Zeldin during a campaign rally
  • The alleged murder of a teenager in September after a North Dakota man said he suspected the boy of being a Republican
  • The vicious beating of a volunteer of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) by men who said Republicans were not allowed in the area
  • The alleged biting of a supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon by a fan of Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D)
  • Death threats last week against Republican gubernatorial candidate State Senator Darren Bailey in Illinois
  • A physical attack on New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc (allegedly by a local libertarian)

In his September remarks, Biden said “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” and that a Republican party that supported Donald Trump was “a threat to this country.”
Obama, who once claimed that his own political opponents made “common cause” with America’s enemies because they opposed his nuclear deal with Iran, also warned of the “erosion of civility and basic democratic standards” in America today.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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