On Saturday President Joe Biden delivered an address to the graduates of Howard University, a historically Black college at Washington D.C.’s Capital One Arena. Biden began his speech by stating that throughout U.S. history, despite the fact that the country was created on the premise of equality, racism had torn people apart. He added that this is a “battle” that does not truly end and that it is up to each person to choose unity and love.
He proceeded to argue that white supremacy, which is something he spoke up against in his inaugural address, was “the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland.” At that moment the crowd broke out in applause. Biden proceeded to state that he was not just saying that because he was in a Black college and that this was something that he says all the time.
Conservatives quickly took to Twitter to attack Biden for this statement and to accuse him of promoting divisiveness.
Elijah Schaffer, a conservative influencer, simply pointed out that Biden had called white supremacy the “greatest threat to America” in front of a “bunch of black people.”
However, others were much more scathing in their commentary. Foundation for Economic Education managing editor Jon Miltimore stated that both in the 19th and the 20th century the Democratic party had used overt racism as a tool to win elections. He proceeded to argue that this was what they were now doing in the 21st century and that the only thing that had changed was that racism simply looked different now.
RNC Research’s Jake Schneider after sharing the clip proceeded to call Biden “Divider-in-chief” over his comments. While OutKick.com’s Clay Travis stated that the statement was “bonkers” and that no one had previously said anything like this.