Biden Attempts to Reframe Election Around Jan. 6 in Rushed White House Speech

President Joe Biden used a Monday night White House press conference to attempt to reframe the November general election around Donald Trump’s alleged actions on January 6, 2021.

Biden’s speech came in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of former President Donald Trump on Monday, holding in a 6-3 decision that presidents are covered by limited immunity from criminal prosecutions for actions taken while in office. The ruling is a significant blow to the Biden Department of Justice’s prosecutions against Biden’s political opponent — which Trump and his allies have characterized as politically motivated lawfare.

But if Biden’s aides thought Biden’s under-five-minute speech would rally his base and reassure a nation increasingly questioning Biden’s ability to handle the job, they are likely disappointed.

Biden, despite reading from a teleprompter, repeatedly slurred his words — at one point seeming to mistakenly read “end of quote” — in a shaky effort more notable for its delivery than content (and what appeared to be a newly applied spray tan). Despite the speech’s brevity, Biden refused to answer questions from multiple reporters asking about his fitness for office and if he would step down from the ticket.

“Only four years ago, my predecessor sent a violent mob to the U.S. Capitol to stop the peaceful transfer of power,” Biden said, repeating a narrative Trump has refuted with evidence and that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) “get Trump” January 6 Committee apparently destroyed evidence to perpetuate.

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