The bare-chested, Viking-hat-wearing lunatic who stormed the Capitol, barged through the halls of Congress and stood on the rostrum on the House floor has become an avatar for all that is bad, ugly, and dangerous about the far-right.
This Idiot Shaman represents the insurrectionists, radicals, QAnon supporters and extremists who would rather watch the country burn than make any attempt whatsoever to heal the hardline political divisions in this country.
His is also the convenient face for all those lazy people in the mainstream media, who want to blanket stereotype everyone on the right, anyone who doesn’t vote for Democrats, is pro-life, owns guns, lives in the middle of the country, doesn’t
watch CNN or works in a job that leaves them sore at the end of the day.
To some in the media, all conservatives are the moral equivalent of the Viking-helmet-insurrectionist.
This blanket stereotyping only adds to the radicalization of the ‘deplorables,’ who already know how much the powers that be hate them.
But never — and I mean absolutely never — in my wildest dreams did I believe that Joe Biden agreed with this sentiment or would endorse it himself.
I was clearly wrong.
The January 6th insurrection occurred after Biden was elected but the infamous ‘irredeemable… basket of deplorables’ slur coined by Hillary Clinton had already become a common sentiment for many on the left.
Multiple Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 could barely contain their revulsion with the 74 million people who eventually pulled the lever for Trump.
If you thought that President Donald Trump demonized his political opponents – then what would you say about this? (Left) President Joe Biden in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on May 4, 2022 (Right) President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt room on November 1, 2018
I never understood why anyone would run to represent a group of people that they wished didn’t exist.
The very concept of it is not only ridiculous but elitist and arrogant.
When Biden was elected, he said in his victory speech that he ‘doesn’t see red and blue states but a United States’ and that he would ‘work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people.’
He said that he ‘sought this office to restore the soul of America.’
I remember loving that speech and feeling confident and hopeful that even if I disagreed with the man’s politics, he would help heal the country and guide our nation in the patriotic spirit of so many people before him.
He ended his remarks by saying, ‘It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies. We are Americans.’
I was lied to and so were you.
President Biden lied to all of us and I feel like an idiot for believing anything he said in that speech.
Want to see the proof?
On Wednesday, Biden lumped together Republicans, conservatives, pro-lifers, sitting Supreme Court justices and Trump supporters as a ‘MAGA crowd’ representing ‘the most extreme political organization in [recent] American history.’
Biden was teed-up and set off by the potential repeal of Roe v. Wade revealed by a leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion.
And here’s the whopper.
In one of the most irresponsible examples of intentionally divisive rhetoric that I’ve ever heard uttered by a president, Biden mused about the future.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (above) was asked about this and her answer was just as revealing. ‘We don’t know what they are capable of… ’ she said. Right Jen — half the country is ‘capable’ of anything.
‘What happens if you have – a state changes the law saying that – that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children? Is that – is that legit under the way the decision is written? What are the next things that are going to be attacked?’
Excuse me? Who in the world has ever suggested such a vile proposal?
If you thought that President Donald Trump demonized his political opponents – then what would you say about this?
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about this and her answer was just as revealing.
‘We don’t know what they are capable of… ’ she said.
Right Jen — half the country is ‘capable’ of anything.
I’ll tell you what is deplorable. This irresponsible, craven rhetoric.
The reality is that this new slur didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s almost as if Biden was waiting for this moment.
Earlier this month in Seattle, Biden said, ‘this is the MAGA party now… these guys are a different breed of cat.’
Because remember — there’s no difference between conservatives. We’re all just the guy in the Viking helmet.
This isn’t someone saying this on cable news in the middle of the night, this is the sitting President of the United States, who ran on bringing America together.
I know real pro-life Americans.
I am a pro-life American.
And I am NOT in the MAGA crowd.
In fact, Biden himself was against the Roe decision for at least a decade.
‘I don’t like the Supreme Court decision on abortion. I think it went too far,’ he told the Washingtonian in 1974.
In 1982, he backed a proposed Constitutional amendment to undo the decision and let states decide, as the leaked draft ruling prescribes.
He consistently voted against taxpayer funding for abortion.
He voted against late-term abortion practices.
He was, in other words, at least someone who wouldn’t demonize fellow Americans who sincerely believe that abortion is a grievous crime against our humanity.
So, what happened?
I know real pro-life Americans. I am a pro-life American. And I am NOT in the MAGA crowd. In fact, Biden himself was against the Roe decision for at least a decade. (Above) A line of pro-life demonstrators watch as pro-choice demonstrators chant in front of an un-scalable fence that stands around the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 5, 2022
Every single poll shows President Biden and his administration are losing. That’s what happened.
He is losing among demographics that Democrats once thought voted for them by default.
Hispanic voters are abandoning the Democratic party in droves. Biden is historically unpopular and so is his party.
The midterm elections are anticipated to be nothing short of a Game of Thrones-style red wedding for Washington Democrats.
Winning political messages typically don’t start with telling people they’re evil if they don’t agree with you.
By suggesting, without any basis, that they are homophobic, racist, or deplorable because they disagree on an issue of such profound and personal significance that it has divided the country for decades.
I don’t know if it hasn’t occurred to the snobs and sycophants advising our President, but you must stop demonizing half the country even as you claim to be about unity and civility.
Your party is wallowing in an almost religious dedication to idea that you are holier than everyone else.
Why would anyone repeat the very same mistake of stereotyping, belittling, and insulting millions of voters?
I have no idea other than an insane degree of arrogance.
They should remember that on the morning after Election Day, they will wake up and still have to share America with everyone else.
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