Joe Biden’s “soul of the nation” speech on Thursday night was certainly not the rousing success that the President had hoped for, as criticisms poured in from all corners of the political spectrum.
The imagery was authoritarian. The message was divisive. The entire ensemble was simply spooky, and it truly felt at times as though Biden was goading the far right into action as if to have an excuse to pounce.
Former President Donald Trump certainly recognized the diatribe for what it was, and he was quick to respond with a fiery retort.
“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,” Trump wrote on social media. “He must be insane, or suffering from late stage dementia!”
Biden used his “Soul of America” speech on Thursday night in front of Independence Hall to stoke fears about Trump and his supporters, branding them as “extreme” MAGA Republicans.Trending:
“[T]here is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country,” Biden said.
The former President then dropped the hammer.
Trump tried to remind Biden what MAGA stood for.
“Someone should explain to Joe Biden, slowly but passionately, that MAGA means, as powerfully as mere words can get, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he wrote.
Trump may not have announced his 2024 bid for the White House just yet, but this direct confrontation with Biden seems to suggest that the campaign has now begun in earnest.