President Biden departed from his relentless focus on the future today to reflect on the changes that the transition from the Trump administration has made undeniably clear.
Speaking at a press conference at the NATO summit that he was attending today, Biden noted that some of the world leaders that he’s met with recently were “shocked” by America’s behavior during the Trump years, particularly the violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th.
The president reassured our allies that America would soon pass through the political turmoil it’s currently experiencing to emerge a stronger and more reliable partner going forward.
“The leaders I’m dealing with in NATO and the G-7 are leaders who know our recent history, know generically the character of the American people and know where the vast center of the public stands,” Biden said. “We’re a decent, honorable nation. And I think that they have seen things happen, as we have, that shocked them and surprised them that could have happened. But I think they, like I do, the American people are not going to sustain that kind of behavior,” he optimistically predicted.
More surprisingly, given his stated commitment to bipartisanship, Biden went on to paint a devastating portrait of the current Republican Party.
“The Republican Party is vastly diminished in numbers. The leadership of the Republican Party is fractured. And the Trump wing of the party is the bulk of the party,” Biden commented. “But it makes up a significant minority of the American people,” he added, explaining the mathemetics behind the GOP’s shrinking membership.
President Biden continued his diagnosis of the diseased GOP response to Donald Trump’s norm-breaking term in office by emphasizing the importance of successfully executing his agenda for ending the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and revitalizing the American economy and our infrastructure.
“I think it is a shock and surprise that what’s happened in terms of the consequence of President Trump’s phony populism has happened. And it is disappointing that so many of my Republican colleagues in the Senate, who I know know better, have been reluctant to take on, for example, an investigation because they’re worried about being primaries,” Biden said, criticizing the GOP for opposing an independent investigation of the January 6th insurrection.
“But at the end of the day, we’ve been through periods like this in American history before where there has been this reluctance to take a chance on your reelection because of the nature of your party’s politics at the moment,” the president added. “I think this is a passing. I don’t mean easily passing. That’s why it’s so important that I succeed in my agenda.”
While Biden makes the transition from the disastrous Trump era seem as painfully difficult as passing an extra-large kidney stone, he is confident that if he addresses the economic concerns of the majority of Americans no matter which party they support, that he can help usher America into a more stable and prosperous future.
You can watch President Biden’s full remarks on the current state of the GOP in the video clip below.
Pres. Biden says impact of "Pres. Trump's phony populism" has been "a shock and surprise…and it is disappointing that so many of my Republican colleagues in the Senate, who I know know better, have been reluctant to take on, for example, an investigation" into the Capitol riot. pic.twitter.com/eUg5ZpzZTX
— ABC News (@ABC) June 14, 2021
Original reporting by Brett Samuels at The Hill.
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