Biden touts legislation enforcement plans whereas attacking ‘MAGA’ lawmakers

US President Joe Biden addresses the 29th AFL-CIO Four-Year Constitutional Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, USA, June 14, 2022.

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President Joe Biden has a message for lawmakers defending the January 6, 2021, riots at the US Capitol as he touts Tuesday’s Safer America Plan.

“Let me say this to my ‘MAGA Republican’ friends in Congress,” the president said, referring to former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. “Don’t make me support law enforcement if you don’t condemn what happened on the sixth.”

“For God’s sake, whose side are you on?” Biden said.

Biden rebuked lawmakers as he called for more funding for police in front of a crowd at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Investing in community policing and crime prevention is key policy components of the Safer America Planand the president urged the public to using federal funds to equip local police as early as May.

Biden also chided Trump supporters in the GOP for claiming the mantle of being a “law and order” party while defending rebels who attacked police officers in Washington, DC, last year.

“You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurgency,” he said. “You can’t be a law and order party and call the people who attacked the police on January 6 patriots. You can’t do that.”

Biden recently criticized “MAGA Philosophy” as “like semi-fascism,” which angered the Republican National Committee. RNC spokesman Nathan Brand called the president’s statement “despicable.”

Biden also renewed his commitment to ban assault weapons, saying America’s lax gun laws contributed to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas; New Town, Connecticut; and Buffalo, New York, among other locations.

“It’s time to arrest every elected official and ask them, ‘Do you ban assault weapons? Yes or no?’ The answer is no, vote against them,” he said.

Biden concluded his speech by asking the crowd to vote for Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania and Democratic senator candidate John Fetterman. Fetterman is running against the Trump-backed candidate, Dr. Mehmet Oz in published Senate races.

President is scheduled to return to Pennsylvania Thursday for a prime-time speech on “the ongoing battle for the soul of the nation” at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.

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