'Painted a target on Trump and tens of millions of Americans'
Joe Biden's Department of Defense is being sued for details about the use of Marines during his politicized "hate-MAGA" speech in Philadelphia last year.
In the speech, Biden stood in front of a blood-red backdrop – and was flanked by two Marines – to allege that supporters of President Trump were "an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic."
"Biden’s infamous 'Red Speech,' which included the abuse of our Marines in its totalitarian imagery, painted a target on Trump and tens of millions of Americans for political suppression and worse," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "And, to make matters worse, the Pentagon is violating federal law by hiding records about Biden’s misuse of our military in his attempt to intimidate Americans."
In the speech, Biden claimed, "Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic."
He added, "There is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country."
He charged, "MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election. And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself."
Since then, Biden has changed his tune, recently calling for the two parties to be civil to each other. This change came after the GOP was elected the majority party in the U.S. House.
Judicial Watch said its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against Biden's DoD seeks records about the use of those U.S. Marines for political purposes at Biden's "controversial September 1, 2022, campaign speech in Philadelphia."
Judicial Watch explained, "Biden was widely criticized for using the Marines as props during a political speech in which he called 'MAGA Republicans' a threat to democracy."
The organization went to court after the DoD "failed to comply with an October 31, 2022, FOIA request for all communications within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Navy, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Commandant of Marine Corps – and those shared with the White House Military Office and Office of the President – regarding Marines standing behind the President during his September 1, 2022, speech in Philadelphia."
Using federal assets to condemn his political opponents, Biden said, "MAGA Republicans have made their choice. They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies."
He said he would choose a different path, rejecting "violence as a political tool."
"We are still, at our core, a democracy," he said, even though the U.S. actually is a republic.
He accused "MAGA Republicans" of demanding one of two outcomes in an election "they win or they were cheated."
He failed to reference the fact that Democrats have objected to and opposed every Republican presidential victory for decades already.
At the time of the speech, the Washington Examiner reported he was trying to "frame November's midterm elections as a continuation of his 2020 cycle's 'battle for the soul of the nation'."
He chose Independence Hall for his backdrop, installing red lights to give the brick walls an ominous appearance, and stationing Marines there.
"Dramatic setup here, with red and blue spotlights coloring Independence Hall and a uniformed member of the military standing on each side of the main door. Several American flags and a long red carpet were behind POTUS as he spoke," a press pool report said.
The Examiner noted, "The tight shot of Biden seen on camera only appeared to show the red, giving the event a hellish flair.
Author: Bob Unruh