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Fox News’ Brit Hume slammed former Vice President Joe Biden for a speech filled with more of the same “black grievance politics” that has infused Democratic rhetoric for years.
The Fox News senior political analyst spoke with host Tucker Carlson on Biden‘s speech in Philadelphia on Tuesday in the wake of the nationwide protests over George Floyd, who died last week in Minneapolis after a police officer held his knee against his neck during an arrest.
(Source: Fox News)
“When this is all over, and God willing it will be, can we put it all back together again? Have normal politics and normal media after this?” Carlson asked Hume on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“I don’t think we’re going to see that any time soon. We haven’t had a normal media for a couple years now,” Hume replied.
“We certainly don’t have the Democratic party we used to know and moved ever farther to the left. Now it is truly out there where the buses don’t run with prominent Democratic party spokespeople saying the things they are saying, siding as they clearly have with the protesters even if they’re violent and looting,” he added.
“Joe Biden’s speech today was a perfect example,” Hume said, referring to remarks made by the presumptive Democratic 2020 presidential nominee at Philadelphia’s City Hall on Tuesday.
“He had about two sentences or so in that speech of some length in which he expressed disapproval of the violence. All the rest of it was the same black grievance politics we’ve been hearing for decades now,” Hume told Carlson.
“It was absolutely boilerplate dressed up in some well-done rhetoric. But that’s really what it was,” he added.
The president called out the Democrat in a tweet saying Biden “has been politically weak all of his life.”
Sleepy Joe has been in politics for 40 years, and did nothing. Now he pretends to have the answers. He doesn’t even know the questions. Weakness will never beat anarchists, looters or thugs, and Joe has been politically weak all of his life. LAW & ORDER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2020
Biden slammed Trump in his speech, claiming he “is part of the problem and accelerates it,” adding that Trump is “consumed with his blinding ego” while ironically declaring that “we cannot let our rage consume us.”
“Look, the presidency is a big job. Nobody will get everything right. And I won’t either,” Biden said, vowing, “I won’t fan the flames of hate.”
That appeared to be a theme for Democrats as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had also called out the president in a press conference, telling him to “be a healer in chief and not a fanner of the flame.” Biden predictably joined Pelosi and others who slammed Trump for what they called a “photo op” as he stood holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church which had been set on fire by rioters.
“The president held up a Bible,” Biden said. “I just wished he opened it once in awhile instead of brandishing it.”
Of course, the former vice president and Pelosi were not called out for their outrageous hypocrisy after their own religious photo opportunities, with the Speaker reading from a Bible and Biden posing at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware on Monday.
Joe Biden goes to church pic.twitter.com/yMuypROLz0
— LucysOnIt 😷 Stay safe! 🌊 will save America (@LucysOnIt) June 1, 2020
“I won’t traffic in fear and division. I won’t fan the flames of hate. I’ll seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued our country, not use them for political gain,” Biden said in Philadelphia on Tuesday. “I’ll do my job and I’ll take responsibility — I won’t blame others.”
“You would never know listening to Biden’s speech that it wasn’t still 1968, and that civil rights legislation, you would never know that it had ever passed,” Hume noted.
“Has any country on earth, Tucker, tried to right the racial wrongs as this country has?” he asked.
“If it has, I would like to know which it is because I don’t know that that’s the case. We have fought a Civil War with unbelievable bloodshed, lives were given to end slavery, people have shed blood since then,” he added. “We have tried hard as a nation.”
Hume pointed out that Americans were united last week in condemning the “hideous scene” of then-police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck.
“The public revulsion was universal. Nobody defended that,” he said, slamming leaders on the left for stoking the violence and creating division over the race issue.
“That death in Minneapolis was not the fault of America, it was not the fault of our system,” Carlson noted. “Millions come here from around the world because our system is the best in the world. To attack our country over that is really beyond the pale.”
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