Left compares campaign rally clip of Trump calling ‘some Dems’ ‘fascists’ to Biden’s divisive speech

Americans have known this since their days on the playground: If you can’t defend your actions, cry “but whattabout!” and pray no one will dig any deeper.

That’s what the left is currently doing in response to President Joe Biden’s shockingly divisive speech in which he said Trump-supporting “MAGA Republicans” are a dangerous threat to the nation.

Knowing they can defend neither the violent rhetoric nor the dystopian setting from which it was delivered, they’ve uncovered a 2020 campaign speech in which Donald Trump warned that some in the Democratic Party will “replace American freedom with left-wing fascism” if Joe Biden is elected President and are now twisting it into some sort of justification for Biden’s demonization of half the nation.

But they are forgetting one thing: Trump’s words have, since Biden ascended to the Oval Office, been proven 100% correct.

“Young Turks” correspondent Matthew Sheffield must have rubbed his palms together like a giddy child when he unearthed this clip and crafted his “gotcha” tweet, but, lacking any real journalistic instincts or concern for the truth, it ultimately falls flat and appeals only to those who, like Sheffield, are more concerned with words than they are substance.

“In 2020, Trump called Democrats ‘fascists’ in ’20 while surrounded by military officials,” Sheffield eagerly virtue signals. “No one remembers it bc Dems didn’t feel threatened by his false claim.”

“Today, MAGA Republicans are angry at President Biden for a similar remark. Because,” he claims with confident superiority, “they know it’s true.”

In a follow-up tweet, Sheffield explains that there are only three kinds of Trump supporters: “foolish, evil, in denial.”

“That last group knows Trump is a fascist & wants dictatorship,” he asserts. “When Biden & others call out what the far-right actually wants, this pops the tender bubble of self-delusion. It’s why they’re so angry.”

OK, Matthew. Let’s really look at Trump’s comments, shall we?

First, let’s dispense with the notion that, like Biden, Trump was flanked by the military when he delivered these remarks.

That big metal thing they are actually flanking is Air Force One, not former President Donald Trump.

The military members standing at attention on a stage behind Biden just days after he declared that American citizens lacked the F-15s that would be necessary should they attempt to revolt against his rule are simply there to reinforce his previous, threatening point, and literally, everyone watching Friday’s speech knows it.

Let us also acknowledge that, while Biden’s speech was a presidential address to the nation — one which the networks were compelled to carry, his words were heard around the world. In contrast, the clip of Trump is from a 2020 campaign speech to a crowd in Mankato, Minn., and, as Sheffield correctly notes, no one remembers it.

But let’s look a little closer at what Trump actually said.

Sheffield played 29 seconds of Trump’s speech. To his credit, he later links to the entire speech “for context,” but he failed to present that context to his followers.

“You know all about that,” Trump said. “Take away our energy, if you can believe it. No fossil fuel. Destroy our second amendment, attack the right to life and replace American freedom with left-wing fascism. Left-wing. We’re going to left-wing all the way. Fascists. They are fascists. Some of them, not all of them, but some of them, but they’re getting closer and closer. We have to win this election, but the proud people of Minnesota will not let this happen.”

Here is what he said immediately prior to that comment: “This is a very important, in my opinion, I used to say 2016. And I must tell you, I think this is going to be the most important election in the history of our country. This is a very, very big deal going on. Joe Biden is the puppet of left-wing extremists, trying to erase our borders, eliminate our police, indoctrinate our children, vilify our heroes, take away our energy.”

So, Trump’s comments came as a warning to voters of what would come should Biden be elected as opposed to a president who simply decided to shackle an inflammatory label to his political opponents.

And anyone with a shred of intellectual integrity can plainly see that the Biden administration wasted no time in doing exactly what Trump has said he would do.

Let’s break it down for Sheffield.

“Trying to erase our borders”:

“Eliminate our police”:

“Indoctrinate our children”:

“Vilify our heroes”:

“Take away our energy”:

In short, everything Trump warned about in Mankato has come to pass.

And on top of that, the Biden administration has actively colluded with big tech to suppress and censor anything that goes against its narrative — a hallmark of fascism.

 

Simply put, one was an accurate warning meant to protect the nation. The other was nasty name-calling, meant to incite hate and violence against political opponents.

It’s just a bit different than what Biden said, wouldn’t you agree, Matthew?

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