Democrat Tulsi Gabbard — who has never been shy about criticizing her own party — took President Joe Biden to task for failing to deliver on a major campaign promise. Gabbard roasted President Biden in two videos shared on social media this week, accusing him of “doing all he can do divide us.”
Gabbard shared a video clip of Biden’s speech on voting rights he delivered on Tuesday in Atlanta.
“I will defend the right to vote, our democracy against all enemies — foreign and, yes, domestic,” Biden said.
Biden then equated anyone supporting voting rights legislation that Democrats are in favor of — even if it means altering Senate rules to get the bill past a Republican filibuster — to virtuous civil rights leaders while villainizing anyone who doesn’t support the Democratic legislation by comparing them to segregationists and a leader of the Confederacy.
Biden stated, “At consequential moments in history, they present a choice: Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) – the No. 2 Senate Democrat – admitted Wednesday, “Perhaps the President went a little too far in his rhetoric — some of us do — but the fundamental principles and values at stake are very, very similar.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) described Biden’s speech as “profoundly unpresidential.”
“I have known, liked, and personally respected Joe Biden for many years,” McConnell said Wednesday from the Senate floor. “I did not recognize the man at the podium yesterday.”
Gabbard denounced Biden’s speech, and said it was worse than in 2016 when then-candidate Hillary Clinton called 50% of supporters of former President Donald Trump as fitting into a “basket of deplorables.”
“Hillary’s calling tens of millions of Americans deplorables was divisive & disgusting,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “But Biden has gone further, calling those who disagree with his actions & policies domestic enemies, traitors, and racists. Biden promised to unite us, but he is doing all he can do divide us.”
Biden repeatedly promised to bring “unity” back to the United States during his presidential campaign and in his inaugural address.
On Friday, Gabbard chewed out President Biden again for not uniting the country as he promised.
“Biden promised to unite our country,” Gabbard tweeted. “Instead he betrayed us, pouring fuel on the fire of divisiveness, tearing our country apart. Biden compares those who disagree with him to racists, traitors & enemies, & has his AG target Americans as domestic terrorists. Unfit to lead.”
Gabbard noted in the video, “I supported Joe Biden, and millions of other Americans voted for Joe Biden because he promised to unite us. He promised to bring us together, to end the divisiveness.”
“Sadly, not only has he failed to do this, he has betrayed us all by pouring fuel on the fires of divisiveness that are tearing our country apart,” Gabbard said.
“Now Biden compares those who disagree with him to racists, traitors, to enemies of bygone eras,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said. “And Biden now has his attorney general targeting millions of Americans as domestic terrorists.”
The video included a clip of Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen announcing that the Justice Department will launch a new unit that will target domestic terrorism.
“We face an elevated threat from domestic violent extremists — that is, individuals in the United States who seek to commit violent criminal acts in furtherance of domestic social or political goals,” Olsen said on Tuesday while testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Domestic violent extremists are often motivated by a mix of ideologies and personal grievances. We have seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies.”
Gabbard warned, “If we allow this to continue, our country, our country, the country that we love, the land of the free, the home of the brave, it’ll be unrecognizable, and it will be lost forever.”