As Joe Biden found himself being goaded into running for office in 2020, the septuagenarian Democrat campaigned heavily on the idea that he would be the “uniter in chief”. He wasn’t going to hold the grudges of the past, nor was he going to take aim at “the former guy”.
He would be a president “for all Americans” and “not just the ones who voted for” him.
My, how the times have changed.
President Biden said Monday that former President Donald Trump “lacked the courage to act” on Jan. 6, 2021 as Trump’s supporters overran the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of the Electoral College votes.
“For three hours, the defeated former president of the United States watched it all happen as he sat in the comfort of the private dining room next to the Oval Office,” Mr. Biden said. “While he was doing that, brave law enforcement officers are subjected to the medieval hell for three hours.”
The President’s suggestion came during a meeting with a national law enforcement group.
Mr. Biden, who is recovering from COVID-19, made the comments in a virtual address to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives on Monday. His remarks came on the heels of the last public hearing of the summer by the House select committee investigating the attack.
And then, shockingly:
“You can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-cop,” Mr. Biden said. “You can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-democracy. You can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-American.”
Biden has been working to drive a wedge between law enforcement and the Republican Party of late, dropping some seriously questionable quips in recent days.