Kristen Welker, who inexplicably is paid a salary by NBC News, asked President Biden at his news conference Wednesday "what do you say to those who were offended by your speech (on voting rights)"?
At the conclusion of his reply, Biden noted "That wasn’t an accusation; I was just stating a fact. What has changed? What happened? What happened? Why is there not a single Republican — not one? That’s not the Republican Party."
Yes, actually it is. Nonetheless, arguing otherwise is a hard sell to the mainstream media (hence to the public), which believes that Biden's characterization does not define the Republican Party and that Donald Trump is an aberration, out-of-step with well-meaning GOP officials and voters.
Kristen Welker asks Biden "What do you say to those who were offended by your [voting rights] speech?" pic.twitter.com/tR232hxYEF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 19, 2022
Not content with merely one stupid question, Welker followed up with "is the country more unified than when you first took office?"
The President's response was uninspiring and a little rambling. He should have replaced it with a story he told later in the presser, in which GOP governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, considering a run for US Senate, said that he had spoken to Republican senators and
“They were all, for the most…” — quote — “They were all, for the most part, content with the speed at which they weren’t doing anything. It was very clear that we just had to hold the line for two years. Okay, so I’m just going to be a roadblock for the next two years? That’s not what I do,” Sununu said.
He went on to say, “It bothered me that they were okay with that.” And then he goes on to say, “I said, okay, so we’re not going to get stuff done if we win the White House back” — “if we win the White House back.” “Why didn’t [we] do [anything] in 2017 and 2018?”
Sununu's conversation indicated that Republicans have no interest in governing or, as voters would understand, doing anything for the American people.
Alternatively, Biden could have pointed to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel's admission, "one hundred percent of our focus is on stopping the new Administration." The remark was made eight months ago but the Kentuckian still is the leader of Senate Republicans and the nation's most powerful and second most influential Republican. And on Tuesday, shortly after President Biden had concluded his event
According to transcript searches, I don't think these comments from McConnell have been covered a single time today on CNN or MSNBC. https://t.co/3s18TO4U15— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 20, 2022
What could be more unifying than distinguishing between "Americans" and African-Americans?
That startling distinction was made explicit only after Biden's appearance. However, the President could have turned Welker's first question around and asked her if she was offended by his voting rights speech.
But the President, similarly to most Democrats, still hasn't figured out that a prime objective of the mainstream media- including NBC/MSNBC- is to convince Americans that the left is out-of-touch with their values. In humblebrag, Biden could have admitted an inability to comfort with sweet words individuals who want a President, the government, and the country to fail. In a nod to a past President, he should have added "I'm not hurting them or giving them hell. I just tell the truth, and they think it's hell."