Former Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s rhetoric is even worse than that of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Gabbard’s comments follow the speech Biden delivered on election laws in Georgia on Tuesday. Gabbard referenced part of Biden’s own speech in her comments.
“I will defend the right to vote our democracy against all enemies, foreign, and yes, domestic,” Biden said. “The consequential moments in history, they present a choice. Do you want to be the side, on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide, to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.”
Gabbard in response said that Biden’s rhetoric went “further” than Clinton’s now-famous “basket of deplorables” comment from the 2016 election.
“[He] call[ed] those who disagree with his actions and policies domestic enemies, traitors, and racists,” Gabbard wrote. “Biden promised to unite us, but he is doing all he can do to divide us.”
Gabbard is among many who had some sharp criticisms of the president. A coalition of voting rights groups in Georgia, including Black Voters Matter, said they need “more action” instead of “even more photo ops.”
When Biden took office as president in Jan. 2021, he vowed he would be a “president for all Americans” and would “fight as hard for those who didn’t support [him] as those who did.”