Advance excerpts of Biden’s speech to lawmakers – in a more socially distant Capitol than usual amid the pandemic – will explicitly reference the MAGA riot on the day Congress met to count the electoral votes.
He will call it ‘the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.’
President Joe Biden will reference the Jan. 6th Capitol riot and will call it ‘the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War’ when he speaks to Congress Wednesday night
‘As I stand here tonight, we are just one day shy of the 100th day of my administration. One hundred days since I took the oath of office—lifted my hand off our family Bible—and inherited a nation in crisis,’ he will say, according to excerpts released by the White House.
‘The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.’
A group of 200 lawmakers will be seated inside the House chamber that was breached by rioters on the day Congress met to count the electoral votes.
Biden will call the Jan. 6th riot ‘the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War’
But after citing the historic challenges, Biden plans to deliver an optimistic turn.
‘Now—after just 100 days—I can report to the nation: America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength,’ he will say.
Biden’s remarks also include outreach to Americans who may feel ‘left behind’ – outreach to millions who remain unemployed, as well as to potential Donald Trump supporters who have registered complaints about the economic system and job disruptions.
‘Now, I know some of you at home wonder whether these jobs are for you. You feel left behind and forgotten in an economy that’s rapidly changing. Let me speak directly to you,’ Biden will say – pivoting to his multi-trillion proposals.
‘Independent experts estimate the American Jobs Plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in economic growth for years to come. These are good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. Nearly 90% of the infrastructure jobs created in the American Jobs Plan don’t require a college degree. 75% don’t require an associate’s degree,’ he will say.
He calls his plan ‘a blue-collar blueprint to build America.’
And in outreach to his party’s progressive left, Biden will say: ‘And, it recognizes something I’ve always said: Wall Street didn’t build this country. The middle class built this country. And unions built the middle class.’ Former primary rivals Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are set to be in the audience.
Biden plans to speak in broad strokes.
‘We have to prove democracy still works. That our government still works—and can deliver for the people. In our first 100 days together, we have acted to restore the people’s faith in our democracy to deliver,’ he will say.
And he will push his main focus: beating back the virus through vaccine and other means.
‘We’re vaccinating the nation. We’re creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. We’re delivering real results people can see and feel in their own lives. Opening the doors of opportunity. Guaranteeing fairness and justice.’
In his Republican response, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will credit President Trump for the vaccines.
‘This Administration inherited a tide that had already turned. The coronavirus is on the run!’ scott will say.
‘Thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the Trump Administration, our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines. Thanks to our bipartisan work last year, job openings are rebounding,’ he will say.
Biden took the Oath of Office Jan. 20th after 400,000 Americans had died from the virus. Vaccines were beginning to come online, with Pfizer and Moderna shots getting out of the gate first. The country was just days past a post-Christmas spike, with nearly 200,000 new infections per day, in what was the high point of the pandemic. On Tuesday there were just over 50,000 new cases.