Headline RoundupSeptember 2nd, 2022

In Primetime Speech, Biden Says 'MAGA Republicans' Threaten Democracy

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President Joe Biden had harsh words for "MAGA Republicans" and described the 2022 midterm elections as a "battle for the soul of the nation" in a speech from Philadelphia Tuesday night. 

In the 24-minute speech, Biden accused former President Donald Trump and his supporters of trying to create a country "where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love." He said that "equality and democracy are under assault," and that "Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent extremism." See a transcript here.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy delivered a "prebuttal" speech to Biden's on Thursday, accusing him of launching "an assault on the soul of America, on its people, on its laws, on its most sacred values."

The speech was the top story from major news sources across the political spectrum. Left- and center-rated sources focused on Biden's criticisms of Republicans, and many contrasted those remarks with his stated goal of fostering unity in his inaugural address. NewsNation said Biden's speeches "have recently taken a more partisan tone." The Associated Press said the speech's tone "marks a sharp turn for the president." Right-rated sources focused more on angles that portrayed the speech in a negative light and voices that accused Biden of advocating divisiveness. The Washington Examiner highlighted commentators who critiqued the speech's "hellish red background," and the New York Post (Lean Right bias) highlighted a heckler who repeatedly cursed at Biden.

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