Throughout his term in office, President Joe Biden has repeatedly spread the specious claim that “White supremacy” is the biggest threat to the nation.
Most recently, he railed against its perceived societal ills in front of an audience at the historically Black Howard University.
During his commencement address, Biden insisted that racism is “a battle that’s never really over” and continues to play out in the form of White supremacy.
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“Union over disunion,” the president continued. “Progress over retreat. To stand up against the poison of White supremacy like I did in my inaugural address to single it out as the most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland.”
He seemed to acknowledge that his rhetoric could be interpreted as pandering, stating: “I’m not saying this because I’m at a Black [historically Black college and university]. I say it wherever I go.”
It is true that Biden has parroted variations of his claim in front of various audiences over the past several years.
The president appears to justify his assertion, at least in part, with a projection released in 2020 by the Department of Homeland Security.
“We judge that ideologically-motivated lone offenders and small groups will pose the greatest terrorist threat to the Homeland through 2021, with white supremacist extremists presenting the most lethal threat,” the agency wrote.
During Biden’s recent commencement address, he called out his political rivals without naming 2024 GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump by name.
“Let’s be clear: There are those who don’t see you and don’t want this future,” he said. “There are those who demonize and pit people against one another. And there are those who do anything and everything, no matter how desperate or immoral, to hold onto power. And that’s never going to be an easy battle.”
Biden went on to rile up the most receptive crowd by insisting: “The oldest, most sinister forces may believe they’ll determine America’s future, but they are wrong. We will determine America’s future. You will determine America’s future. And that’s not hyperbole.”
During Saturday’s event, the president was presented with an honorary degree for his supposedly “transformational service as U.S. senator, vice president, and now as president of the United States.”