On Thursday, immediately after the GOP presidential hopefuls clashed in an embarrassing nightly debate at the Reagan Library, President Biden gave another speech at the dedication of a library in the swing state of Arizona. At the dedication of the Arizona State University library named in honor of President Biden’s longtime friend and senate colleague, John McCain, the president used the opportunity to show the strongest possible contrast between himself and everyone looking to run against him in 2024. This was a fairly low key affair, different from the usual ratings trap that the media likes to turn presidential debates into, but it was also him at his best when delivering a speech, as he came out hard against “MAGA Republicans,” a maneuver that singles out the worst of the GOP’s extremists while allowing a path to working with Republicans on getting basic legislation passed.
He proceeded to address the threat of MAGA extremists in a way that few political leaders have ever dared to while drawing a direct connection to how they’re a threat to national security: reminding the audience of how Tommy Tuberville blocked hundreds of military promotions unless the defense department would revoke the healthcare of service members. As much as we’re aware of Tuberville and his evil plans, unfortunately, too many Americans are not, and that’s who he directed this speech to as he described the destructive movement – and it’s continuing mission to “other” everyone who won’t let them have their way, a sharp contrast to those who would bring America forward. This was an eye opening speech that should be seen by everyone still on the fence – and makes the strongest case for why the GOP should never again be trusted with power.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making