“I WILL NOT STAND BY AND WATCH. I will not let the will of the American people be overturned by wild conspiracy theories and baseless evidence-free claims and fraud. I will not stand by and …
“I WILL NOT STAND BY AND WATCH. I will not let the will of the American people be overturned by wild conspiracy theories and baseless evidence-free claims and fraud. I will not stand by and watch elections in this country stolen by people who simply refused to accept that they lost,” President Biden said during his recent speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
A heckler loudly chanted “f**k Joe Biden" during the president's “soul of the nation” address, interrupting a scathing speech that saw Biden discuss what he called a threat to democracy, posed by Donald Trump and his supporters. “They're entitled to be outrageous,” Biden said of such periodic interruption. “This is a democracy . . . Good manners is nothing they've ever suffered from.”
In responding as though he hadn’t been listening to the speech, Donald Trump soon wrote in reply, “If you look at the words and meaning of the awkward and angry Biden speech tonight, he threatened America, including with the possible use of military force. He must be insane, or suffering from late stage dementia!”
He added a photo of himself kissing the American flag.
References to both “dementia” and military force bring to mind that Trump appears mentally deficient online and will be 78 by the 2024 election — and while President, Trump tried unsuccessfully to devote millions to a massive Fourth of July military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue . . . a tribute mostly to his own ego.
”Equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise,” Biden declared at the top of his remarks. He accused Trump and his supporters of trying to thwart free elections, disrespecting the constitution and taking the country backwards in terms of personal rights.
“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards; backwards to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love,” Biden warned.
Meanwhile, Yahoo News Sept. 4 reported a lot to remarks by Trump in an article by Kelsey Vlamis headlined “Trump accused Fox News of 'pushing' Democrats' agenda and said if CNN 'went conservative,' it'd be an 'absolute gold mine' and he'd help.” You can search a portion of that headline for more lengthy detail, but following is a bit of a sample.
“Wow! Fox News is really pushing the Democrats and the Democrat agenda. Gets worse every single day," Trump wrote on his social-media platform, Truth Social. "So many Dems interviewed with only softball questions, then Republican counterparts get creamed." It's unclear what interviews Trump was referring to, but he also specifically called out Karl Rove, a former GOP White House official who is now a Fox News contributor.
“ ‘RINO Karl Rove is unwatchable, very negative, and on all the time. Has a big record of losing!’ Trump said. ‘Not an easy place to be as a Republican, especially with all of the 'pervert purchased ads.’ It's unclear which ads he was referring to.”
Elsewhere: Madison, Wis. (AP) —“The Republican candidate for governor in Wisconsin endorsed by Donald Trump is calling for people to take up ‘pitchforks and torches’ in reaction to a story that detailed his giving to anti-abortion groups, churches and others — rhetoric that Democrats say amounts to threatening violence. Tim Michels, who co-owns the state's largest construction company, faces Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in the battleground state. If Michels wins, he will be in position to enact a host of GOP priorities passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature leading into the 2024 Presidential Election. Evers has vetoed more bills than any governor in modern state history and is campaigning on his ability to serve as a check on Republicans . . .”
Here’s a bit on handguns from the Internet when Trump was wrapping up his term as President in 2020 (search “Trump, handguns, 2020” — see more next week): “Kahr Firearms Group and Auto-Ordnance once again honor Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, with a limited edition series .45 caliber Auto-Ordnance 1911 pistol.”
Trump spent more time criticizing the media and Democratic lawmakers (and praising the NRA) than in calling for more stringent gun-control measures . . . yet now is raving about increases in shootings as if they all developed during Biden’s short stint in office so far rather than during his own four previous years in command.
Meanwhile, he sufficiently stacked the district and appeals courts during his official time to stall any resolution of the Mar-a-Lago FBI search until after the Nov. 8 election.