President Joe Biden ignited controversy among conservative Twitter users with his remarks about white supremacy being the “most dangerous terrorist threat” in the United States.
He made these statements during an address at Howard University over the weekend.
Biden accused of trying to stoke racial tension
Biden’s critics on Twitter accused him of stoking racial tension in the nation with his comments.
As the 46th president, Biden delivered his address to the graduating class of Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, D.C. He used this platform to address the risks they face due to the division within their own country.
His talk touched on white supremacy, which he asserted was a significant threat to the nation, affecting not just society at large but also the graduates embarking on their post-academic lives.
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Biden did not highlight ‘white supremacy’ because he was at a black school
Biden also clarified his position on white supremacy. He insisted he was not highlighting this issue solely because he was speaking at a Black school.
His address began with a reflection on the history of the United States and its struggle with racism, reciting, “We know American history has not always been a fairy tale. From the start, it’s been a constant push and pull for more than 240 years between the best of us – the American ideal that we’re all created equal – and the worst of us, a harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart.”
The president continued, “It’s a battle that’s never really over. But on the best days, enough of us have the guts and hearts to stand up for the best in us, to choose love over hate, unity over disunity, progress over retreat….”
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Biden labels ‘white supremacy’ as the most dangerous terrorist threat
Then, Biden brought attention to the issue of white supremacy, stating, “…To stand against the poison of White supremacy as I did in my inaugural address.” Labeling it as “the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland,” he received enthusiastic applause from the audience.
Underscoring his point, he added, “And I’m not just saying this because I’m at a Black HBCU. I say this wherever I go.” His remark was met with laughter from the audience.
However, conservative Twitter users expressed their displeasure, viewing Biden’s comments as divisive.
Jon Miltimore, the managing editor of the Foundation for Economic Education, tweeted, “The Democratic Party spent most of the 19th Century and much of the 20th using overt racism to win elections. They are doing again in the 21st century. The racism just looks a lot different than the 19th-century version.”
Elijah Schaffer, a conservative influencer, added his voice to the critics: “Biden just told a bunch of black people that white supremacy is the greatest threat to America.”
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Jake Schneider from RNC Research shared the video clip and wrote, “Divider-in-chief Joe Biden, at Howard University, says ‘the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy.'”
Clay Travis of OutKick.com found Biden’s statement absurd, tweeting, “I mean, this is completely bonkers. Did anyone talk like this in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, or even 2010s? Of course not. Yet suddenly, white supremacy is the BIGGEST THREAT in America? I don’t even think…”
Journalist Julie Kelly responded, “No, you’re saying it because you’re a pathological liar propped up by the media to help fuel dangerous racial division.”
Finally, Miranda Devine, a journalist from the New York Post, summed up her reaction to Biden’s statement with a succinct tweet: “Pure evil.”
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