by Joseph MacKinnon
On Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, former President Donald Trump held his first “Save America” rally since the August 8 FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence. The former president, who continues to tease a potential 2024 run for re-election, hit back at President Joe Biden over his September 1 “anti-MAGA speech.”
Trump characterized Biden’s address to the nation last week as the “most vicious, hateful, and divisive speech ever delivered by an American president.”
Biden in his speech suggested that “MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic” and that the Republican Party, insofar as it is influenced by Trump, “is a threat to this country.” These remarks buttressed his August claim that MAGA philosophy is “like semi-fascism.”
Despite an aborted attempt to walk back the president’s comments, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reiterated that Biden does in fact regard the people who voted for Trump as an “extreme threat to our democracy, to our freedom, to our rights.”
“Vilifying 75 million citizens — plus another probably 75 to 150 [million], if we want to be accurate about it — as threats to democracy and as enemies of the state” was the function of Biden’s speech in Philadelphia, said Trump.
“You’re all enemies of the state,” Trump told the crowd. “[Biden’s] an enemy of the state, if you want to know the truth. The enemy of the state is him and the group that control him.”
Trump redirected Biden’s thematics around extremism, suggesting that the November elections are an opportunity for Americans to rebuke “the corruption and extremism of Joe Biden and the radical Democrat Party.”
In his speech, he repeatedly insinuated that the midterm elections serve as a “referendum” on Democrat policies and leadership: “This election is a referendum on skyrocketing inflation, rampant crime, soaring murders, crushing gas prices, millions and millions of illegal aliens pouring across our border, race and gender indoctrination.”
Given the strategic location of his rally, Trump noted further that “the people of Pennsylvania are going to fire the radical left Democrats, and you are going to elect Doug Mastriano as your next governor, and … an amazing slate of true ‘America First’ Republicans to Congress.”
The former president emphasized that, contrary to Biden’s claims, “Republicans in the MAGA movement are not the ones trying to undermine our democracy. We are the ones trying to save our democracy.”
Rhetorical precedent set by Democrats and media
Although criticism is mounting online about Trump’s accusation, the use of the term enemy of the state (“any country, government, group, or person that has been engaged in hostilities, whether or not lawfully authorized, with the United States”) has been bandied about a number of times in recent years.
In 2020, Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi suggested that then-President Trump was an “enemy of the state” and that she would have to “defend the Constitution from him.” Trump’s allies and other Republicans, she alleged, constituted “domestic enemies.”
I wonder how long before Democrats begin accusing Trump of inciting violence by using the same rhetoric as Democrats use… again.
OF course, the difference is that idiot Biden, the Democrats and the left have demonstrated themselves as actual enemies of the state, stealing elections, weaponizing the DOJ and FBI, vilifying law enforcement, launching violent assaults on communities and besieging courthouses and police stations.
They do that regardless of what he says. It doesn’t matter.
The gloves are off and Biden and rest have left rational discourse, and logic itself, behind in favor of the one thing they are after: power.
There is no pretense. Trump can say this, or not. They’ll attack him all the same.
Yup. Calling Trump an “enemy of the state” without anything to back that us is merely how they are covering their own sins.
“Accuse your opponent of what you are doing, to create confusion and to inculcate voters against evidence of your own guilt”
Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals
Biden is just about to step closer to the edge but riding the Jackass is running closer to the edge of the bottomless pit
Trump isn’t “adopting” anything.
He’s speaking the Truth.
Biden isn’t elected, he’s not wanted, he’s not part of our legal government.
Biden, and more rightly those pulling his strings, are enemies of the state in the highest order.
When you shut down democracy and act like Hitler, what else would any sane American call you?
Remove Biden now.
But, Nancy, if you study history you know that our Founding Fathers (who wrote and agreed on everything in the Constitution) were America First types.
Globalists were not an American thing.
The British Empire was about as globalist as it gets and American was founded on getting clear of that empire!
If anyone is a “domestic enemy,” Nancy, it is you and other globalists inside our government.