Joe Biden has long liked to portray himself as a politician who is well aware of the sacrifices that the brave men and women of the United States military make, often invoking his late son Beau Biden, who served in the Middle East. The President even ends every public appearance with “and God bless our troops”.
The guy sure knows how to walk the walk, that’s for sure, but when it comes to talking the talk, the jury is very much still out.
This week was a prime example of why, as Biden’s Thursday night speech appeared to break a campaign promise that he made regarding the exploitation of our men and women in uniform.
President Biden is taking criticism for placing Marines behind him during a deeply partisan speech Thursday evening outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia despite promising in 2020 he would not use the military as a “prop.”
Biden was criticized by some commentators and veterans groups for having Marines behind him during a speech in which he took aim at “MAGA Republicans” and claimed that “equality and democracy are under assault.”
And, as though that weren’t egregious enough…
In 2020, then-candidate Biden told the National Guard he would never put them in the middle of a political dispute and that he would restore respect to civilian-military relations.Advertisement - story continues below
“But I promise you as president, I’ll never put you in the middle of politics or personal vendettas,” he said. “I’ll never use the military as a prop or as a private militia to violate the rights of fellow citizens. That’s not law and order. You don’t deserve that.”
Biden has already begun walking back key points made in his Thursday night speech, likely due to the overwhelming criticism he’s received.