President Biden blasts ‘extreme’ GOP in Labor Day swing-state trips

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President Biden blasts ‘extreme’ GOP in Labor Day swing-state trips

it’s good to be almost home. Well, I’ll tell you what, you know, this is *** pretty critical election to state. The obvious. Before I start, I want to say *** word about *** few good friends that we lost. *** guy named Jack Shea some of you knew and and Pat Gillespie both good friends, people I work with my whole career. They had an attitude that could be summed up in one word, in my view, *** little bit like my dad would say everybody, everyone, no matter what your background is entitled to be treated with dignity, with dignity, with respect. You know, I want to thank the elected officials here today. Bobby Casey has been *** close friend of mine for *** long time. His dad and I are friends as well. Matter of fact, we are ages split. His dad was much older than him and I me than I am to bobby and we raised in the same neighborhood in Green Ridge, about five city blocks away went to the same grade schools. I’ve moved because when, when cole died in Scranton, there weren’t any jobs. My dad, My dad was in sales, not, not in mining, but we moved back down to Delaware where he was from, moved *** little steel town called Claymont. Delaware. Claymont used to have worse. Still used to have almost 5000 steelworkers whole community was built, it was *** company town literally and uh still died and was dying and there’s not *** single steel worker left. We know what happened was about midway through my, I got elected to, I got very engaged in my case in the civil rights movement. And uh, as *** kid, I was, I worked *** lot in the movement and worked and I got deeply involved in the Democratic Party because the Democratic Party in Delaware was *** Southern Democratic Party. Then we were more *** Southern state than ***, than *** Northeastern state and I got involved and one thing led to another. And uh, one day *** group came to me of the senior members of the party and said they wanted me to run for the Senate. I said, I’m not old enough and I wasn’t, I was only 29 years old and *** former chief justice whose family has more United States senators, any family, American history looked at me and he said, you obviously didn’t do very well in law school, Joe, he said, you don’t have to be 30 to be elected, you have to be 29, you can be 29, you just can’t get sworn in to your 30. And so one thing led to another and I ended up deciding to run, but I was having great difficulty getting support, even though people like me, at least the labor guys like me, they didn’t think I could win until I got brought up to Pittsburgh by the local leader of the steelworkers in Delaware and uh, into Pittsburgh and came to here and met with the then president of Steelworkers. And uh, he endorsed me about nine weeks out and I won by 3100 votes. So the fact is you guys owe me, you’ve been with me from the beginning and look, folks, uh, bobby, Representative Boyle represented lamb mayor Gainey, uh, your county executive is *** hell of *** guy. And john, if I have to be in *** foxhole, I want john Fetterman in there with me, I’ll tell you what I want, john in there with me. I mean that sincerely look, uh there’s *** whole lot of folks here. I don’t want to keep you standing much longer, but let me just say *** couple of things. Number one, the, you know, I started my campaign uh because tom jumped in and convinced me didn’t convince you made the case I should run because that train ride, I wasn’t running, I was campaigning for democrats, I was out of office, I was campaigning for democrats. But you know what, This is not your father’s republican party, This is *** totally different party, man, These guys are different. I’ve worked with *** lot of republicans, conservative republicans. I worked with, got *** lot done and we, but it was always, there was always something decent about the work, but then we moved to this place where all of *** sudden the reason it made me run, I decided was when you saw those people come out of the fields down in Virginia carrying torches literally coming out of the fields carrying torches was swastikas chanting the same anti Semitic bile that was chanted in literally the same anti Semitic bile chanted in Germany in the thirties, accompanied by the ku Klux Klan. And the guy that I beat in this last election and when they asked what he thought, he said, they’re really fine people on both sides, I said, something’s really wrong, something’s changing. And that’s when I talked to tom and others about helping me out. They decided to help me out because look, folks, here’s where I think we are and I’m going to be brief. The fact is that I think there are periods in history where we reach certain inflection points, where everything is gonna come after is going to change what’s been before for the next generation. And we’re in one of those points happens 68, every, every six or eight generations, things are changing and changing rapidly. You see everything from what’s happening in europe and India, from Russia china things are changing and the United States has to regain his footing and remember who we are. And so one of the things that I concluded was that uh, you know, uh, The, those inflection points are the places where you look back to 5-10 years later and realize it’s not what it was before. It’s either better or worse than it was before, not the same, you’re not going to go back to the same and I’m absolutely convinced. And I mean this, no one’s ever doubt. I mean, what I say, the problem is I sometimes say all that, I mean, and uh, but all kidding aside, one of the things that was clear to me is that this new group headed by the former president for the former defeated president, uh, we found ourselves in *** situation where we’re really gonna look forward or look backwards and it’s clear which way he wants to look. It’s clear which way the new maga republicans are there. Extreme democracy is really at stake. You can’t be *** democracy when you support violence when you don’t like the outcome election, you can’t call yourself *** democracy when you don’t in fact count the votes that people legitimately cast and count that as who you are, you can’t be *** democracy and call yourself one if you continue to do what they’re doing. And so folks look, we have *** choice when we Trump and the Republicans made their choice, we can choose to build *** better America or we can continue down this sliding path of oblivion to where we don’t want to go. You know, under the American rescue plan. And I’m not gonna go through all these things. But just to give you an example, we uh, you know, we created more nearly 10 million jobs in my 1st 16 months, 10 million new jobs in America. An american rescue plan also created and saved millions of jobs. Why? Because here in the state of pennsylvania in almost every state didn’t have enough money to keep teachers on the payroll to keep firefighters in the job, to keep police on the job, to keep people nurses and docs on the job. And so what we do, we in fact gave the money to make sure they did it. And this governor, your governor, spent it well hiring thousands of firefighters in their life. And what happened was we found ourselves because of the greed of some companies, we found that an awful lot of union members were about to lose their pensions. So we did something that hadn’t been done in 50 years significantly for labor. We passed the Butch Lewis Act, Butch Lewis And they told me, they told me I couldn’t do it. They told me that they really did remember, we didn’t and we didn’t get any Republican votes for it, but we got it done, we got it done because it’s just about basic decency and fairness. And look, every single Republican voted against that. Every single one The bipartisan infrastructure law, we’re building roads and bridges and ports. *** matter of fact, I’m gonna be back here, not too long from now because we got $60 million dollars to rebuild that bridge that collapsed the day I came here not long ago Folks, the money’s gonna go to expanding and nearby, nearly 100 year old uh, failing lock and dam outside Pittsburgh it’s called but it makes *** big difference in terms of the economy. And so we’re gonna build *** new terminal at the Pittsburgh Airport, we’re doing this all over the country, all over the country and it’s creating good, decent jobs. But the reason why I talk about unions is not just because it’s where I come from, it’s more than that. It’s more than that. I said, I spoke to the business roundtable, the C E O s of the largest companies in the, in the United States, the National Chamber of Commerce and I’ve been straightforward them. I said, look, I’m *** union guy and I support him for one reason because in your interest and look at me like, what are you talking about? You are the best trained, the most skilled workers in the world and make no, I’m not just saying that most people don’t realize to join *** lot of the trade unions, you have to have four or 56 months, six years of training. It’s like going to college, you get paid on you there, but not very much, but it’s, it’s, it’s, you’re the best in the world and it makes *** hell of *** lot of sense for America to spend and companies spend *** little more money to have something going to last *** whole hell of *** lot longer than it is to do something on the cheap. Look, you’ve heard me say before, Wall Street didn’t build the middle class. Wall Street didn’t build America, middle class build America and unions built the middle class. That’s that’s that’s just *** fact. And by the way, the other thing that I found out, I I didn’t I haven’t been in the Senate *** long time and vice president, I didn’t realize there was *** law passed in the early thirties under Roosevelt. And the press was looking at me like, what’s he gonna say now? I’m gonna tell him that in fact said by american that we any any money the president spent that was appropriated. He could insist that the money could only be spent on american products. But guess what? We’re buying american and I get and I get to spend of your money as president, I get to allocate over $600 billion 600 billion dollars every year. And they’re american made products made by american workers in America and that’s why we’re moving Where is it written to say that we can’t be *** great manufacturing facility hub in America in the world. Again, we’ve made sure that we have now over 640,000 new manufacturing jobs. What’s what what what what what what does it say? We can’t do this. So I start off with the proposition that it’s about just basic decency. I’m not going to go on much longer. I promise. Here’s what happened. You know, we don’t have *** tax system. That’s fair at all. It’s not even close. And that’s why, for example, I’ve been pushing for tax fairness for *** long, long time. But guess what? They told me? I couldn’t do that either. Well, there were 55 corporations in American 2020 that made over $400 billion 15% of their income tax. And guess what to talk about the inflation reduction act. And I’ve been fighting when I was *** senator for *** long, long time fighting. The farmer companies fighting. So the Medicare could set the price they pay for Medicare drugs and negotiate for those drugs. Well, guess what? Anybody of you don’t have to raise your hand. But any of you have *** child who has type two diabetes and needs insulin every day once *** week. Well, guess what it costs those outfits 15 bucks to make and package it. That’s all it takes. Now what they charge. They charge somewhere between 625 bucks *** month and 1000 bucks *** month. It’s wrong. It’s simply wrong. They can make 3.5 times the profit that they, that they cost them to do it. Well, they said it couldn’t be done. Well, guess what? We were able to change it. So allowing it’s been working for *** long time, allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. We pay the highest drug prices of any nation in the world here in the United States of America and guess what? There’s no rationale for it. So we finally passed Medicare is now negotiating no senior because of what we did in the inflation reduction act. No senior, no matter how big their drug bills, if they’re fighting cancer or any other serious problem and they’re spending thousands and thousands of dollars on treatment, guess what? They will not have to pay more than $2000 *** month, no matter what their bill is, no matter what they’re doing And they need insulin, then we’ll have to pay more than $35 *** month. I’ve been fighting, I’ve been fighting farmer for my entire career, my entire career, and we finally beat pharma, We finally beat farmer without *** single republican vote on *** single vote. Well, I tell you what the fact is that there’s *** lot more we have to do. Like I said, we’ve built 6, 650,000 manufacturing jobs in America today unions in this country or have now had the support whether union members or not of over 60% of american people. Never before has unions in that popular labor unions unions over 60% of the american people. I think it’s important because they’re figuring out you are the bulwark against excess. You’re the ones, you’re the ones and by the way, you know, like all of you. Like, I shouldn’t say like many of you, I wasn’t raised poor, but I was, we weren’t wealthy. We lived in *** three bedroom, uh, split level home in *** little town called little area called Mayfield and Delaware with four kids. And mom and his dad and grandpa live with us. But we were all right. We’re all right. We could always tell when things are going rough. You could hear on the wall three of us we had two sets of bunks in one room. You could hear my dad when he was restless. And here’s the headboard move. Remember asking my mom one day, what’s the matter with dad? She said, honey, he just, we just lost our insurance. People shouldn’t have to face that reality in America, that shouldn’t be the case. Unions have made sure you didn’t have to face that. But the rest of the country still struggling. And we finally were making significant changes in healthcare. We now are in *** situation where we’ve been able to put another 2400 bucks for *** family for reduced the price of insurance under the affordable Care Act. And by the way, these guys are still going after the Affordable Care Act, they want to get rid of it. And the only reason anybody with *** preexisting condition that isn’t well thinking and can afford *** very expensive policy has any coverage is because of the affordable care act. The only reason and they’re still going after it. And Social Security when your first paycheck, you’ve been you’ve been paying for Social Security. Well, guess what? The guy heading up the Republican campaign committee for the United States Senate senator scott from the south and the guys whose home state, I just lived in Wisconsin. These guys don’t even think Social Security should be guaranteed they wanted on the ballot box on the ballot every five years. Every five years has to be reauthorized. You paid for it. And the guy in Wisconsin, he concluded that it should be every single year, every single year she had to vote on whether or not you keep Social Security, whether you keep it or cut it or change it or older. What’s going on here, man? This is not the country that most of you, this is not the country. Most republicans, most republicans who represented the state supported for the longest time. And so, folks, look, the fact is that when you have Social Security, that’s under attack, when you have Medicare, it’s under attack when the refusal to stick with finding making sure that you’re in *** circumstance where you have some access to health care. This is this is again, we we we can change things. We’re gonna change it for the better. You know, uh, and here’s the deal. You know, as I said, Wall Street didn’t build this country, the middle class building and unions built the middle class, let me close on *** serious note when I announced and I meant it, I got roundly criticized with good reason. It’s legitimate to criticize me on it. I said I was running for three reasons, one to restore the soul of America. By that. I meant decency, honor, meaning what you say, literally treating people with some respect. The second reason I said I was running is I was so sick and tired of trickle down economics. I wanted to build the economy from the bottom up in the middle out because when that happens, the wealthy do very, very well. They do very well and everybody’s got *** shot, Everybody’s got *** shot. And the third reason I said I was running because I wanted to unite the country and because you can’t maintain *** democracy without being able to reach *** consensus. I’ve spent *** lot of time with foreign leaders from the leader of china Russia etcetera. Leader of china xi Jinping just tells me straight up, I’ve spent more time with many other head of state over 76 hours. And guess what he said, democracies can’t be sustained in the 21st century because they require consensus and things are moving so rapidly. You can’t get consensus. So that’s why autocracies are gonna succeed. Well, I reject that notion. I reject him. I think we can come out of what we got into stronger than we got into it when we are stronger than before we started. And folks, look, you know, all of us love the country. But you can’t love the country and say how much you love it when you only accept one or two outcomes from an election. Either you won or you were cheated. It doesn’t work that way. You can’t love the country when you refuse, refuse to maintain just the basic democratic principles that were set out that we all learn from time. Were kids in school that you accept the outcomes of elections. You can’t say you love the country when in fact you either win or you have been cheated and that’s where we are now. And I, I don’t think there’s much more to say, but I’ve already said too much to you. But here’s the deal. I am absolutely convinced. I’m absolutely convinced. And I mean, this in the bottom of my heart, there’s not *** thing we can do in America. I mean, it not *** single solitary thing we can’t do if we do it together. I mean, it it’s about time we stand up, remember who in God’s name we are. We’re the United States of America. There’s nothing beyond our capacity. So let’s go out and demand. It’s easy proposition will win if people vote. So just remind everybody vote, go out and vote. We vote, We win and reestablish this country and make even better than it was before. Thank you all for standing so long God love you way beyond thank you

Video above: President Biden speaks in Pittsburgh on Labor Day President Joe Biden excoriated “MAGA Republicans” and the extreme right on Monday, pitching personal Labor Day appeals to swing-state union members who he hopes will turn out in force for his party in November.“The middle class built America,” Biden told a workers’ gathering at park grounds in Milwaukee. “Everybody knows that. But unions built the middle class.”Later Monday, he flew to West Mifflin, outside Pittsburgh — returning to Pennsylvania for the third time in less than a week and just two days after his predecessor, Donald Trump, staged his own rally in the state.The unofficial start of fall, Labor Day also traditionally starts a political busy season where campaigns scramble to excite voters for Election Day on Nov. 8. That’s when control of the House and Senate, as well some of the country’s top governorships, will be decided.Trump spoke Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre, near Scranton, where Biden was born. The president made his own Wilkes-Barre trip last week to discuss increasing funding for police, decry GOP criticism of the FBI after the raid on Trump’s Florida estate and to argue that new, bipartisan gun measures can help reduce violent crime.Two days after that, Biden went to Independence Hall in Philadelphia for a prime-time address denouncing the “extremism” of Trump’s fiercest supporters.Video above: Biden’s speech in Milwaukee on Labor DayTrump has endorsed candidates in key races around the country and Biden is warning that some Republicans now believe so strongly in Trumpism that they are willing to undermine core American values to promote it. The president said Thursday that “blind loyalty to a single leader, and a willingness to engage in political violence, is fatal to democracy.”Trump responded during his Saturday rally that Biden is “an enemy of the state.” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted Monday that Biden “is the most anti-worker president in modern history,” noting that high inflation had taken a bite out of American wages, income and savings.During his address in Milwaukee, Biden said “Not every Republican is a MAGA Republican” but singled out those who have taken Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign cry to dangerous or hateful lengths. He highlighted episodes like last year’s mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.He said that many in the GOP are “full of anger, violence, hate, division.”“But together we can, and we must, choose a different path forward,” Biden said. “A future of unity and hope. we’re going to choose to build a better America.”The crowd jeered loudly as the president repeatedly chided Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin for voting against a Democratic-backed measure meant to lower prescription drug prices. The president also suggested Johnson and other congressional Republicans were willing to undermine Social Security.Video above: Biden lands in Pittsburgh for Labor Day speechUnions endorsements helped Biden overcome disastrous early finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire to win the 2020 Democratic primary, and eventually the White House. He has since continued to praise the labor movement as president.Mary Kay Henry, president of the 2-million-member Service Employees International Union, called Biden’s championing of unions heading into the midterm elections “critical” and said workers must “mobilize in battlegrounds across the country to ensure that working people turn out.”“We’re really excited about the president speaking directly to workers about, if he had the opportunity, he’d join a union,” Henry said. She added: “This president has signaled which side he’s on. And he’s on the side of working people. And that matters hugely.”In Pennsylvania, Biden addressed members of the United Steelworkers and noted that Trump is a “former, defeated president.”Referencing Trump’s persistent, false claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election, Biden said, “You can’t love the country and say how much you love it when you only accept one of two outcomes of an election: Either you won or you were cheated.”Both of the perennial presidential battleground states Biden visited Monday may provide key measures of Democrats’ strength before November. With inflation still raging and the president’s approval ratings slightly better but remaining low, how much Biden can help his party in top races — and how much candidates want him to try — remains to be seen.That was on display in Milwaukee, where Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is trying to unseat incumbent Johnson, but didn’t appear with Biden.In the state’s other top race, Tim Michels, a construction executive endorsed by Trump, is attempting to deny Democratic Gov. Tony Evers a second term. Evers spoke at the labor event Biden addressed and briefly greeted the president backstage.“We have a president who understands the challenges facing working families,” Evers told the crowd. He said that Biden “hasn’t forgotten that working families matter, not just on Labor Day, but every single day of the year.”Pennsylvania voters are choosing a new governor, with state Attorney General John Shapiro facing another Trump-endorsed Republican, Doug Mastriano, and a new senator. That race is between Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Trump-backed celebrity heart physician Mehmet Oz. Fetterman spoke with Biden before both gave speeches in West Mifflin.The Pennsylvania and Wisconsin races could decide which party controls the Senate next year, while the winner of each governorship may influence results in 2024′s presidential election. The stakes are particularly high given that some Trump-aligned candidates have spread lies about widespread fraud that did not occur during the 2020 election. Judges, including ones appointed by Trump, dismissed dozens of lawsuits filed after that election, and Trump’s own attorney general called the claims bogus.Vice President Kamala Harris paid tribute to organized labor in a breakfast meeting with the Greater Boston Labor Council, declaring “When union wages go up, everybody’s wages go up.”“When union workplaces are safer everyone is safer,” Harris said. “When unions are strong, America is strong.”

Video above: President Biden speaks in Pittsburgh on Labor Day

President Joe Biden excoriated “MAGA Republicans” and the extreme right on Monday, pitching personal Labor Day appeals to swing-state union members who he hopes will turn out in force for his party in November.

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“The middle class built America,” Biden told a workers’ gathering at park grounds in Milwaukee. “Everybody knows that. But unions built the middle class.”

Later Monday, he flew to West Mifflin, outside Pittsburgh — returning to Pennsylvania for the third time in less than a week and just two days after his predecessor, Donald Trump, staged his own rally in the state.

The unofficial start of fall, Labor Day also traditionally starts a political busy season where campaigns scramble to excite voters for Election Day on Nov. 8. That’s when control of the House and Senate, as well some of the country’s top governorships, will be decided.

Trump spoke Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre, near Scranton, where Biden was born. The president made his own Wilkes-Barre trip last week to discuss increasing funding for police, decry GOP criticism of the FBI after the raid on Trump’s Florida estate and to argue that new, bipartisan gun measures can help reduce violent crime.

Two days after that, Biden went to Independence Hall in Philadelphia for a prime-time address denouncing the “extremism” of Trump’s fiercest supporters.

Video above: Biden’s speech in Milwaukee on Labor Day

Trump has endorsed candidates in key races around the country and Biden is warning that some Republicans now believe so strongly in Trumpism that they are willing to undermine core American values to promote it. The president said Thursday that “blind loyalty to a single leader, and a willingness to engage in political violence, is fatal to democracy.”

Trump responded during his Saturday rally that Biden is “an enemy of the state.” Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted Monday that Biden “is the most anti-worker president in modern history,” noting that high inflation had taken a bite out of American wages, income and savings.

During his address in Milwaukee, Biden said “Not every Republican is a MAGA Republican” but singled out those who have taken Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign cry to dangerous or hateful lengths. He highlighted episodes like last year’s mob attack on the U.S. Capitol.

He said that many in the GOP are “full of anger, violence, hate, division.”

“But together we can, and we must, choose a different path forward,” Biden said. “A future of unity and hope. we’re going to choose to build a better America.”

The crowd jeered loudly as the president repeatedly chided Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin for voting against a Democratic-backed measure meant to lower prescription drug prices. The president also suggested Johnson and other congressional Republicans were willing to undermine Social Security.

Video above: Biden lands in Pittsburgh for Labor Day speech

Unions endorsements helped Biden overcome disastrous early finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire to win the 2020 Democratic primary, and eventually the White House. He has since continued to praise the labor movement as president.

Mary Kay Henry, president of the 2-million-member Service Employees International Union, called Biden’s championing of unions heading into the midterm elections “critical” and said workers must “mobilize in battlegrounds across the country to ensure that working people turn out.”

“We’re really excited about the president speaking directly to workers about, if he had the opportunity, he’d join a union,” Henry said. She added: “This president has signaled which side he’s on. And he’s on the side of working people. And that matters hugely.”

In Pennsylvania, Biden addressed members of the United Steelworkers and noted that Trump is a “former, defeated president.”

Referencing Trump’s persistent, false claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election, Biden said, “You can’t love the country and say how much you love it when you only accept one of two outcomes of an election: Either you won or you were cheated.”

Both of the perennial presidential battleground states Biden visited Monday may provide key measures of Democrats’ strength before November. With inflation still raging and the president’s approval ratings slightly better but remaining low, how much Biden can help his party in top races — and how much candidates want him to try — remains to be seen.

That was on display in Milwaukee, where Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is trying to unseat incumbent Johnson, but didn’t appear with Biden.

In the state’s other top race, Tim Michels, a construction executive endorsed by Trump, is attempting to deny Democratic Gov. Tony Evers a second term. Evers spoke at the labor event Biden addressed and briefly greeted the president backstage.

“We have a president who understands the challenges facing working families,” Evers told the crowd. He said that Biden “hasn’t forgotten that working families matter, not just on Labor Day, but every single day of the year.”

Pennsylvania voters are choosing a new governor, with state Attorney General John Shapiro facing another Trump-endorsed Republican, Doug Mastriano, and a new senator. That race is between Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and Trump-backed celebrity heart physician Mehmet Oz. Fetterman spoke with Biden before both gave speeches in West Mifflin.

The Pennsylvania and Wisconsin races could decide which party controls the Senate next year, while the winner of each governorship may influence results in 2024′s presidential election. The stakes are particularly high given that some Trump-aligned candidates have spread lies about widespread fraud that did not occur during the 2020 election. Judges, including ones appointed by Trump, dismissed dozens of lawsuits filed after that election, and Trump’s own attorney general called the claims bogus.

Vice President Kamala Harris paid tribute to organized labor in a breakfast meeting with the Greater Boston Labor Council, declaring “When union wages go up, everybody’s wages go up.”

“When union workplaces are safer everyone is safer,” Harris said. “When unions are strong, America is strong.”

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