In a primetime address, Biden condemned Republican election deniers for the threat they pose to American democracy.
“Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundation of our republic,” he said.
Quoting from the speech, ostensibly in a bid to cast the White House position as extreme, McEnany tweeted:
Biden announces the official position of the White House:
“Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundation of our republic.”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) September 2, 2022
Last year, for the first time, the U.S. was listed as a “backsliding democracy” in a report by a European think tank as a result of developments during Trump’s administration. The report said Trump’s lies about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election were a turning point that undermined trust in the nation’s electoral process and ultimately led to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
Since then, Trump and his allies have continued to undermine the voting process and elevate election-denying candidates, leading Biden and other Democrats to cast the 2022 midterm elections as a referendum on democracy itself.
McEnany, who famously pledged never to lie to reporters before proceeding to do so for the last 10 months of Trump’s presidency, was soon trending as critics applauded her for finally speaking some truth:
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) September 2, 2022
Glad to see you’re owning up to it. This represents progress.
— Van Badham (@vanbadham) September 2, 2022
she had to quote someone else to make it happen but she finally told the truth https://t.co/o9jjJ2q4tn
— ya girl (@goldengateblond) September 2, 2022
If only you were as mad about the actual extremism as you were about the calling out of the extremism https://t.co/eI3i2sehx7
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) September 2, 2022
— Grant Stern is boosted! (@grantstern) September 2, 2022
aside from the attempted coup, Trump stealing top secret files to sell to foreign powers, and daily threats of Civil War I can't imagine why Biden would say such a thing https://t.co/XqMq4Xzt9j
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) September 2, 2022
It must be such a mindfuck for you to hear a President acknowledge reality and speak the truth. https://t.co/A67U6CzX8m
— Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) September 2, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.