What kind of choices will we have for president this November if the speeches are just nothing more than incendiary rhetoric? 

January 8 – President Joe Biden spoke at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania on Friday in what was supposedly the kickoff speech for the 2024 presidential campaign. 

The president had a number of incendiary comments about Donald Trump. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “The gist of the speech was that democracy is at stake in this year’s election and we may lose the country if Donald Trump wins. I just don’t understand the strategy here. I mean, I realize that that’s sort of the red meat that a lot of these hardcore Biden supporters want to hear, but I don’t see how that kind of speech is expanding the base. By the way, I’m not the only one to think that. If you look at the lead editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, highly critical of both Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s speeches over the weekend. They’re making the same point that we’ve been making. Why do they just keep throwing out all this incendiary rhetoric? Very light on policy. Very light on here’s what I’d like to do if I’m elected. Here are the plans. Here are the policies. The Journal is warning they think that this No Labels party or some other third party is really getting an open lane because of what’s going on.” 

Biden has another speech scheduled in South Carolina today. 

Barkdoll predicted, “I think you’re going to see more of this incendiary rhetoric and if this is what we’re in for as the campaign season gets ramped up, this is going to be a very long nine or ten months to the general election.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “I don’t understand why Biden doesn’t get criticism. He is the sitting President of the United States saying more incendiary things in one speech than Donald Trump was accused of mostly in off the cuff comments, putting campaign things aside, in off the cuff comments that the media would just explode and expand and make seem bigger than they were. Really? You can resort to the kind of rhetoric talking about really, he keeps saying MAGA Republicans, it feels like he’s accusing all Republicans who voted for Trump and that’s almost as many votes as Biden got, which they say broke records, of being insurrectionist. It’s so irresponsible. Why don’t they just beat him? If he’s Nazi Germany, if he’s Hitler, if he’s a dictator that’s going to take over the country, why can’t they just make the case otherwise and beat him? Rather than about Biden’s policies and about how he really is. They seem to be promoting socialism rather than anything close to a democracy in the policies themselves. I just don’t understand the lack of any kind of criticism from the press.”

Anthony Panasiewicz of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “You talked about widening the base. There is no widening of that base. It’s literally only red meat. I thought Biden was supposed to widen the base, big tent guy. That’s what he was compared to the rest of the Democrats that ran in 2020, but apparently not, I guess.”

Barkdoll said, “Politics is about the game of addition, and I just don’t see where these kinds of speeches are adding anything. If anything, and I agree with the Journal’s analysis, that if I’m sitting from afar, thinking about a No Labels ticket, I think that the stars could be lining up that a lot of voters look at this and are just so frustrated. Throw in this budget deal we just talked about, throw in this speech that we’re discussing.”

A Gallup poll released this weekend showed an all time low in voter satisfaction with democracy. Only 29% of all Americans say they’re satisfied with democracy.

Barkdoll said, “That’s the lowest number that’s ever responded to that question from Gallup. I think it’s tying all of this stuff together that we’re discussing. People are realizing that we just have a lot of problems and you’re not seeing a lot of people out there trying to solve these issues.”