President Biden’s Blistering Critique of Trump and ‘MAGA Republicans’ at Broadway Fundraiser
President Joe Biden did not mince words as he delivered a scathing critique of former President Donald Trump and the so-called ‘MAGA Republicans’ during a fundraising event at a Broadway theater on Monday night.
Biden asserted that they are “determined to destroy American democracy” and accused them of “bowing down” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president’s visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly also served as an opportunity to raise funds for his 2024 reelection campaign.
A Broadway Extravaganza: Biden’s Strong Words
President Biden took the stage alongside First Lady Jill Biden at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, where the event featured performances by Broadway stars, including Josh Groban, Ben Platt, Sarah Bareilles, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Rannells, and more.
The audience welcomed the first couple with the lively tune, “All That Jazz,” from the musical Chicago. With fervor, the 80-year-old president turned his attention to his potential opponent in the upcoming general election, offering a stark warning about the implications of a second Trump term.
Defending Democracy: Biden’s Rallying Cry
“I’m running because democracy is at stake. Because in 2024, democracy is on the ballot once again. And let there be no question, Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to destroy American democracy,” President Biden declared emphatically.
He pledged to always defend, protect, and fight for the nation’s democracy. The president recounted how he had initially planned to retire from politics but changed his decision after Trump equated neo-Nazis, KKK members, and white supremacists with counter-protesters in Charlottesville in August 2017.
A Resounding Victory and Determination
Biden celebrated his 2020 victory, emphasizing that it endured despite facing “60 legal court challenges and an insurrection on January the sixth.”
He humorously acknowledged concerns about his age, stating, “I know better than anyone.”
The president stressed his commitment to a united message against political violence, emphasizing that it is never acceptable in America.
He warned that a Trump reelection could jeopardize international relationships, particularly concerning Ukraine.
Rejecting Doomsday Rhetoric
Biden challenged Trump’s pessimistic portrayal of the nation, asserting, “I don’t believe America is a dark, negative nation, a nation of carnage driven by anger, fear, and revenge.
Donald Trump does.” He criticized Trump’s rhetoric of retribution and division.
Instead, Biden described America as a hopeful and optimistic nation guided by the belief that everyone deserves a fair opportunity.
A Defiant Stand on Foreign Policy
“I will not side with dictators like Putin. Maybe Trump and his MAGA friends can bow down, but I won’t,” declared President Biden.
He rejected Trump’s rhetoric of national decline and division, advocating for a more hopeful and inclusive vision of the country.
President Biden concluded his speech with the music of “Tonight” from West Side Story. Note that the fundraising event did not permit cameras in the room to capture the president’s remarks.