President Biden Was Lying | Opinion

The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Jeff Charles during a Newsweek episode of The Debate about President Biden's latest address on the 'soul of the nation'. You can listen to the podcast here:

I do not think that this is going to rebound to the Democrats' benefit. That being said, the question is, who was Biden talking about here? People who riot? You had 90% of Republicans, even more than that, condemning those [January 6th] riots. Just like Democrats. Nobody actually liked the riots, except for maybe the thugs who participated in it. I haven't seen a whole lot of people on the right defending the riots or saying that it was a good thing.

So who are we talking about here? Because Biden, in his speech, said that these people are dominant in the Republican Party. He said people like the Oathkeepers are dominant in the Republican Party. I'm gonna say right now: he was lying. The President got up on that stage, and I'll give him credit for not gaffing. But this speech was planned out for months. He got up on that stage, and he lied.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a primetime
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a primetime speech at Independence National Historical Park September 1, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alex Wong/Getty Images

He said that these people represent MAGA Republicans. And to me, questioning the result of an election is not wrong, whether I agree with that or not. Back in 2016, you still had people who thought that Russia stole the 2016 election from [Hillary Clinton]. If you're going through the legal channels to challenge that, whether I agree with it or not, then that's what you can do. You can't riot. That's where that's where I draw the line. And that's where most of us draw the line.

I don't even identify as a MAGA Republican, but what Biden is playing on is the fact that his base don't even know what a MAGA Republican really is. So when people say that he was alienating half the nation, he really was. I mean, polls show that 40 to 70% of Republicans don't believe that the [2020] election was valid. So does that make them a threat to democracy? Does that make them extremists? No, it doesn't. But that that speech was designed to lump us all in with these fringe idiots who decided that they wanted to break windows and attack police officers. And honestly, it's just going to tear the country apart even more. And I think he knows this, because the next day, he kind of tried to walk that back. But the thing is, the man said what he said, and he meant it.

Jeff Charles is the host of "A Fresh Perspective" podcast and a contributor for RedState and Liberty Nation.

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