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Minutes after President Joe Biden went after former President Donald Trump for what happened at the Capitol last year, the 45th President of the United States has struck back.
“Biden, who is destroying our Nation with insane policies of open Borders, corrupt Elections, disastrous energy policies, unconstitutional mandates, and devastating school closures, used my name today to try to further divide America,” the former president said in an email to supporters.
“This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed. Our Country no longer has Borders, has totally and completely lost control of Covid (record numbers!), is no longer Energy Independent, Inflation is rampant, our Military is in chaos, and our exit, or surrender, from Afghanistan was perhaps the most embarrassing day in the long and distinguished history of the United States—and so much more,” he said.
“Why is it that the Unselect Committee of totally partisan political hacks, whose judgment has long ago been made, not discussing the rigged Presidential Election of 2020? It’s because they don’t have the answers or justifications for what happened. They got away with something, and it is leading to our Country’s destruction.
“They want all conversation concerning the Election ‘Canceled.’ Just look at the numbers, they speak for themselves. They are not justifiable, so the complicit media just calls it the Big Lie, when in actuality the Big Lie was the Election itself,” the former president said.
“The Democrats want to own this day of January 6th so they can stoke fears and divide America. I say, let them have it because America sees through their lies and polarizations,” he said.
In a second email, he said “Biden is working hard to try and deflect the incompetent job he is doing, and has done, on the horrible Afghanistan withdrawal (surrender), the Borders, COVID, Inflation, loss of Energy Independence, and much more. Everything he touches turns to failure. That’s what you get when you have a rigged Election,” though no evidence has shown any rigging of the election in 2020.
This came within minutes of Biden’s attack on Trump in regards to the January 6, 2021 incident at the Capitol.
“We saw with our own eyes rioters menace these halls, threatening the life of the Speaker of the House. Literally erecting gallows to hang the vice president of the United States of America,” he said. “What did we not see? We didn’t see a former president, who just rallied the mob to attack, sitting in a private dining room off the Oval Office in the White House watching it all on television and doing nothing for hours.”
Biden never mentioned former President Trump by name but he made no secret about who he was referring to.
“This wasn’t a group of tourists. This was an armed insurrection,” he said, though the only person known for certain to have had a gun was the officer who shot one of the protesters, Ashli Babbitt.
“Here is the truth,” the president said. “The former president of the United States of America created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.”
He said that former President Trump did that “because he values power over principle. Because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest, than America’s interest.
“And because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution,” he said. “He can’t accept he lost.”
“The big lie being told by the former president and many Republicans who fear his wrath is that the insurrection in this country actually took place on election day November 3, 2020,” the president said.
“That the riot that took place on January 6 is a true expression of the will of the people. Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, to look at America?” he said. “I cannot.”
He argued that “over 150 million Americans went to the polls and voted that day. In a pandemic. Some at great risk to their lives. They should be applauded not attacked.”
But then he focused on his politics and agenda.
“The former president and his supporters, the only way for them to win is to suppress your vote and subvert our elections,” he said as he argued for his party’s voting rights laws. “It’s wrong. It’s undemocratic, and frankly, it is un-American.”