Biden defends Trump ‘threat’ speech, but says not all supporters of former president fit that bill
“The president believes we can make great progress out of the darkest moments. And he calls on all Americans, regardless of which side of the aisle you sit on, regardless of which ideology that you may follow, regardless of which political persuasion, to unite around democracy. He thought that was an important message, again at an inflection point,” Jean-Pierre said.
Biden’s speech came the same day Trump told a radio program that should he run again and win a second term, he might pardon some or all convicted Jan. 6 rioters. He used his social media platform later to contend that through the “words and meaning of the awkward and angry Biden speech tonight, he threatened America, including with the possible use of military force.”
Biden, the sitting commander in chief, did the opposite, never using the word “military” in his speech.
And he appeared to take umbrage with Graham, who this week predicted “riots” if Trump is convicted as the FBI probes his taking a horde of classified and sensitive government documents from the White House to his South Florida resort for unclear reasons.
“On top of that, there are public figures today, yesterday and the day before predicting and all but calling for mass violence and rioting in the streets,” Biden said Thursday. “This is inflammatory. It’s dangerous. It’s against the rule of law. And we, the people, must say this is not who we are.