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The Poison of Joe Biden’s Politics Is the Point

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"The president is going to call out what he sees — that is his job as a president."

That was White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre's answer when asked this week how the White House explained Joe Biden's divisive rhetoric that hypocritically clashed with his Christmastime plea to "drain the poison that has infected our politics and set us against one another."

While the line — one of a select few Biden has delivered coherently in his nearly two years as president — might sound warm and fuzzy, it's as real as the tooth fairy — sorry, kids — or the bridge in Brooklyn many have tried to sell. Biden could clearly use a (probably frightening) look in the mirror and owes Americans he's smeared an apology.

But, of course, expecting an explanation from President Biden's spokeswoman on his hypocrisy is not a question that will get the White House press corps anywhere, especially when the poison is the point of Joe Biden's politics.

You see, when Republicans call out President Biden for his failed "build back better" policies that have wrecked the U.S. economy or warn of the consequences of his so-called "green" energy "transition" that have only made life worse for Americans, that's "poison" to Joe Biden and his friends in the liberal media. But when Biden and other Democrats divide Americans and smear patriots who are worried about the direction of the country, that's just fine. 

Somehow, the following easily recalled quotes from President Joe Biden don't qualify as "poison" politics to the Commander in Chief or the liberal mainstream media.

"Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic" and constitute "a threat to this country," Biden declared in front of Independence Hall last September while bathed in eerie red light and flanked by military guards. 

Biden later accused Republicans of working to "suppress the right of voters and subvert the electoral system itself" by "deciding whether your vote even counts" in another angry speech just before the midterms. 

"This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated — not the vaccinated, the unvaccinated," Biden stated at a CNN town hall event in December 2021. "That's the problem," Biden continued. "Everybody talks about freedom about not to have a shot or have a test. Well, guess what? How about patriotism?" he said, claiming that those who chose not to get vaccinated were unpatriotic. 

Biden also claimed that December that "we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death — if you're unvaccinated — for themselves, their families, and the hospitals they'll soon overwhelm." That is, Biden further divided Americans based on a personal medical decision by claiming some were set to be liable for killing their families and preventing hospitals from doing their usual lifesaving duties.

Those are just a few examples of Biden's divisive and poisonous-sounding smears that sought to pit Americans against each other for their health care decisions, deeply held beliefs, and party membership. But there are even more instances than can fit in this column, including demonizing successful businesses, falsely smearing brave border agents, and going after critical energy industries and the workers who keep America running. 

All this from the man who tried to position his basement-run campaign as a "battle for the soul of America." As is clearer now than it was then, Biden's goal in the battle for America's soul was to dash it on the rocks of divisive progressivism and leave it in pieces. 

Biden has spent so much of his first almost two years in office dividing Americans that it's basically his brand already. But that brand is one that is, as he's been caught doing before, plagiarized from someone else. 

Joe Biden served eight years as vice president to Barack Obama, better known as the "Divider in Chief" as rightfully labeled by author and former Republican Party of Virginia Chair Kate Obenshain Keeler. Biden learned from one of the best students of Saul Alinsky, who wrote the playbook relied on by Democrats to strategize their divide-and-conquer plan to seize more power for themselves. 

Look at what's happened in the last two years and how the Biden administration has used division to amass more power over everyday Americans. 

There are plans for 87,000 new IRS agents, and that's an agency that's definitely never been caught enacting Democrats' political will through targeted persecution. 

Then there were unconstitutional vaccine mandates on American workers. Some have been repealed, but the entire exercise was all about testing how far Democrats could force compliance with their government edicts. 

Don't forget about the also-unconstitutional EPA climate rules that sought to put coal-fired power plants out of operation, an action that would have doomed Americans to expensive and unreliable alternative energy. 

And who could ignore the Biden administration's failed "Disinformation Governance Board" — not to mention what's come to light through the Twitter Files — as Biden and his fellow Democrats sought to take control of what Americans were able to say online.

As is clear, some of Biden's efforts have — mercifully — failed. But too many have succeeded, and he will continue attempting other power grabs for his Democrat friends while continuing his campaign to divide Americans. It's because the poison of Joe Biden's politics is the point — without it, Democrats don't have power. 

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