On Saturday, Joe Biden declared that white supremacy is the “most dangerous terrorist threat” to the United States during a graduation speech at HBCU Howard University.
Going off on a tangent about racism in an attempt to appeal to young black voters, Biden said, “It’s a battle that’s never really over.”
“But on the best days, enough of us have the guts and the heart to st – to stand up for the best in us,” Biden said. “To choose love over hate, unity over disunion, progress over retreat.
“To stand up against the poison of white supremacy… to single it out as the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy,” Biden said. “And I’m not saying this because I’m at a black HBCU. I say it wherever I go.”
BIDEN: “The most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy, and I'm not saying this because I'm at a Black HBCU” pic.twitter.com/QaWQRcsAHw
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Biden was quickly met with criticism for his statement and was accused of pandering to the room full of black college graduates.
“The Democrat Party spent most of the 19th Century and much of the 20th using overt racism to win elections,” tweeted Jon Miltimore, editor of the Foundation for Economic Education. “They are doing it again in the 21st century. The racism just looks a lot different than the 19th century version.”
Biden also took the opportunity to congratulate himself on his “accomplishments” as president so far and to promote himself as a 2024 presidential candidate.
He also warned about the Republican Party and that “hate never goes away.”
The entire speech was a political move to obtain votes that Biden is in desperate need of if he hopes to be reelected in 2024. This week, an ABC News / Washington Post poll showed that Biden’s approval rating among black Americans has fallen to 52%, which has significantly lower compared to the 82% approval rating he had when he first took office.
Meanwhile, 27% of black voters said that they would definitely or probably vote for Trump in 2024, marking a significant improvement from the 12% that voted for the former president in 2020.
In 2016, Barack Obama spoke at Howard University’s graduation ceremony. Quite similarly to Biden, his rant-filled speech was both offensive and confusing.