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President Biden traveled to Pennsylvania on Tuesday to hold an event to tout his “Safer America” ​​agenda and his administration’s policies around supporting law enforcement and crime, but instead changed his tune. and attacked Republicans as he urged those present to vote for Democratic candidates. running for positions in the Keystone State.

Shortly after taking the stage, Biden touted two prominent Democratic candidates for office in Pennsylvania, the first being Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is running to become the state’s next governor, and the second being John Fetterman. , the state’s Democratic candidate for the Senate.

“Josh Shapiro is a champion of the rule of law as your attorney general and he’s going to make one hell of a governor,” Biden said to applause. “I really think so.”

Prior to the event, Biden said he spoke with Fetterman, a man he considered a “powerful voice.”

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President Joe Biden speaks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on August 30, 2022.
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“I tell you what, Fetterman is one hell of a guy, a powerful voice for working people,” Biden said. “And he’s going to make a great United States Senator. You’re going to make a great United States Senator.”

Despite comments from members of his own party, Biden has tried to portray himself as a pro-police president who has supported law enforcement throughout his nearly 50-year career in public service, which began when he was first elected to the Senate in 1973.

“I’m opposed to defunding the police, I’m also opposed to defunding the FBI,” Biden told the crowd.

Biden also attempted to draw comparisons between Democratic and Republican lawmakers as he took aim at those within the GOP who have not focused as heavily on the Jan. 6 protests as Democrats.

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro campaigns during an event August 18, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro campaigns during an event August 18, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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“Let me say this to my MAGA Republican friends in Congress: Don’t tell me you support law enforcement if you don’t condemn what happened on the 6th. Don’t tell me. I can’t “You’re either on the side of the mob or on the side of the police. … You can’t be a party of the law. and order and call the people who attacked the police on Jan. 6 patriots. You can’t do that. What are we teaching our children?

Using the event to reiterate his call for a ban on “assault weapons” in America, Biden urged those in attendance to vote against race candidates who strongly oppose gun control efforts.

People, it’s time to hold our elected officials up to the fire and ask them “are you for banning assault weapons? Yes or no, ask them. The answer is no. Vote against them,” he said.

Closing his speech, Biden appeared to confuse the Senate position Fetterman is seeking as the governor’s seat, telling those in attendance to “elect this big boy to be governor.”

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for the state's U.S. Senate seat, speaks at a rally in Erie, Pa., Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for the state’s U.S. Senate seat, speaks at a rally in Erie, Pa., Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.
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Before taking office, Biden suggested during the campaign trail that he would “absolutely” be on board with efforts to redirect some police funding, a suggestion he later backtracked by targeting Republicans and has claimed in July 2021 that they were “lying” about the efforts. promoted by members of the Democratic Party to “defund the police”.

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At the time, Biden claimed he ‘never said defund the police’ and argued that ‘we need more police, not less police’ despite his previous support for the reassignment funds.

Several progressive members of Congress, including “CrewReps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. police.

Omar has called for the Minneapolis Police Department to be dismantled because it is “rotten to the core”.