Sen. Tester defends Biden’s anti-MAGA speech, says president was referring to people who support ‘violence’

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Democratic Montana Sen. Jon Tester defended President Joe Biden’s anti-MAGA speech earlier this month, saying the president rails against Republicans who think “violence is a way to solve problems,” not all supporters of former President Donald Trump.

“I live in north-central Montana. A lot of my neighbors, a lot of my friends, a lot of my relatives are supporters of the former president. I can also tell you that they are not extremists. They believe just the policies the president had,” Tester told Fox News’ Shannon Bream during her debut as the new permanent anchor of “FOX News Sunday.”

“But I don’t think those are the people the president is talking about. I think he’s talking about the people who actually support the president and think violence is a way to solve problems. And that’s not the case.”

Tester was responding to a recent article published by constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, who criticized the president’s recent speech and pointed to a Trafalgar poll that found 56% of voters thought Biden’s speech was trying to “cause a conflict “.

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“For many, the speech was the final rebuttal of Biden’s promise to be a unifier as president after two years of highly partisan and divisive actions,” Turley wrote.

Tester responded to the poll and Turley’s comment that Biden’s speech did not “cast all Republicans” as extremists, but allegedly condemned “fringe” Republicans.

“Look back to January 6 and see what happened. There were people [who] came to Washington, DC, and brought here by the President, who ended up in a very, very bad situation. That’s kind of how I see it. I don’t think he throws all the Republicans into this. In fact, he specifically says it’s those on the fringes he’s talking about,” he said.

Critics have blasted Biden for what they say was an angry speech on September 1, where the president repeatedly took aim at the millions of Americans who voted for former President Trump in 2020. The entire speech was also ridiculed for featuring a “red background blood” that was called “hellish”.

President Joe Biden delivers a prime time speech at Independence National Historical Park on September 1, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  President Biden spoke about

President Joe Biden delivers a prime time speech at Independence National Historical Park on September 1, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. President Biden spoke of “the ongoing battle for the soul of the nation”.
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The president argued in his remarks that the “MAGA Republicans” are a threat to democracy.

“MAGA Republicans don’t respect the Constitution,” Biden said as he was flanked by Marines in front of a red backdrop. “They don’t believe in the rule of law. They don’t recognize the will of the people.”

“This is a nation that believes in the rule of law,” he added. “We don’t reject it.”

President Joe Biden delivers a prime time speech at Independence National Historical Park on September 1, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  President Biden spoke about

President Joe Biden delivers a prime time speech at Independence National Historical Park on September 1, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. President Biden spoke of “the ongoing battle for the soul of the nation”.
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Trump also lambasted Biden’s speech during remarks at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, last Saturday night, calling the president an “enemy of the state.”

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“This week Joe Biden came to Philadelphia to deliver the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an American President,” Trump told the crowd. “Vilifying 75 million citizens, more likely another 75-150 if we want to be specific about it, as threats to democracy and enemies of the state. You are all enemies of the state.”

Trump continued, “He’s the enemy of the state, if you want to know the truth.”

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