Even Liberal Media Outlets Are Criticizing Biden’s ‘Very Political’ Speech

Journalists from left-wing outlets including CNN, CBS and the Washington Post are condemning the political nature of President Joe Biden’s divisive primetime speech on Thursday night.

During a speech from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the president demonized the millions of Trump supporters across the country as being a “threat to democracy,” and called on Americans to “stop” MAGA Republicans and their supposed “assault on democracy.”

“MAGA Republicans do not respect the constitution,” Biden claimed. “They do not believe in the rule of law, they do not believe in the rule of law, they do not recognize the will of the people.”

“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backward,” he asserted. “Backwards to an America where there is no right to choose. No right to privacy. No right to contraception. No right to marry who you love. They promote authoritarian leaders and they fan the flames of political violence.”

“We are not powerless in the face of these threats,” Biden continued. “We are not bystanders in this ongoing attack on democracy. There are far more Americans, far more Americans, from every background and belief, who reject the extreme MAGA ideology than those that accept it.”

“And folks, it’s within our power, within OUR HANDS, yours and mine, to stop the assault on democracy,” he added.

While most conservatives took to Twitter to condemn the divisive rhetoric of the president, some leftists within the mainstream media surprisingly joined them — though they were not as strong in their condemnation.

CNN chief White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins noted during an appearance on “Anderson Cooper 360” that Biden’s speech was a “full frontal attack” on “MAGA Republicans.”

“It was a very political speech,” she said. “I think with the exception of the speech that he gave on the anniversary of January 6 at the Capitol. This might be the most political, most forceful speech in that sense that he has given since taking office.”

“It’s a bit of a surprise because we had spoken to White House officials earlier,” Collins continued. “We asked. He is someone who strayed from naming Trump very many times during his first year in office. He often stayed away from that. So as a white House reporter, to hear him come out so quickly and name drop him so fast and talk about basically the brand of extremism that he thinks Trump has founded within the Republican Party and clearly he thinks is thriving not in the sense that he wants it to. He came out very quickly and said Trump and said MAGA time and time again.”

“It was a very political attack against those Republicans,” she added. “He tried very hard to draw a distinction between Republicans and Republicans who style themselves after Donald Trump. Of course, whether or not they take that distinction remains to be seen. A very political speech by President Biden as this basically full-frontal attack on what the White House has branded MAGA Republicans.”

Collins wasn’t alone in her analysis. CNN’s Brianna Keilar echoed her claims that Biden had made his speech “political,” though her criticism was for different reasons — as she expressed concern that the positioning of the Marines behind the president during a political speech was “wrong.”

“Whatever you think of this speech the military is supposed to be apolitical. Positioning Marines in uniform behind President Biden for a political speech flies in the face of that. It’s wrong when Democrats do it. It’s wrong when Republicans do it,” Keilar tweeted.

CNN’s Chief National Affairs correspondent Jeff Zeleny agreed with Keilar’s criticism of the speech, in which the president stood in front of a blood-red backdrop which reminded many critics of Chancellor Sutler the dystopian movie “V for Vendetta.”

“There’s nothing unusual or wrong with a President delivering a political speech — it’s inherent in the job description — but doing it against a backdrop of two Marines standing at attention and the Marine Band is a break with White House traditions,” Zeleny tweeted.

CBS News Senior White House & Political Correspondent Ed O’Keefe joined Keilar in her criticism, arguing that Biden’s use of military members in the backdrop was a bridge too far for a political speech.

“Like or loathe what he said tonight, it should be noted: The president spoke tonight on the grounds of a national park, flanked by US Marines, and took direct, specific aim at his predecessor and members of the Republican Party. Another thing we don’t see every day,” O’Keefe tweeted.

Dan Lamothe of the Washington Post argued in a tweet that Biden should not have used the military for his speech, asserting that it contradicted his promise to “return to normalcy.”

“Most civ-mil experts have had concerns for years about an erosion of norms in how the military is injected into politics by senior leaders. Trump objectively blasted through those norms in alarming ways. Biden pledged a return to something better,” tweeted Lamothe.