President Joe Biden has campaigned throughout 2020 on the idea that “a president’s words matter.” He used this principle to blame President Donald Trump for every act of violent extremism in the country, from the Charlottesville riot to the Jan. 6 fiasco.
Joe Biden: “A president’s words matter, even a bad president. pic.twitter.com/moQYRVj0PP
— The Hill (@thehill) September 5, 2020
But now the official Biden administration line, as Breitbart News White House correspondent Charlie Spiering points out, is that when President Biden says words, they don’t really matter and they don’t really matter. do not establish American policy.
Jen Psaki just wrapped up a heated argument that a president’s words don’t matter, especially if he’s emotional
—Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) April 13, 2022
The White House has been forced to take that stance in recent weeks as Biden has said increasingly belligerent things about Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Last month in Warsaw, Poland, he said Russian President Vladimir Putin should be removed from power. Earlier this week, in Washington, D.C., he said Putin was guilty of “genocide,” even without the investigation that Biden’s own White House said last week would be needed before such a decision could be made. .
Biden’s provocative rhetoric is at odds with his current policy toward Russia, which was to ease some of the pressure Trump had put on Putin’s regime.
Trump has imposed sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline; oppose a renewal of the unilateral New START nuclear treaty; and gave the Ukrainians “deadly” military aid to use in self-defense. Biden changed all that, picking up the failed “reset” policy of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009.
Obama, too, ran on the idea that a president’s words matter – or, if not, “Don’t tell me words don’t matter.” The phrase – which, ironically, was plagiarized from a campaign speech by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick – was a response to criticism from Clinton, who accused his then-leading Democratic Party opponent of uttering a good speech but lacked practical experience. Obama then proved her right, her mediocre presidency falling short of her utopian eloquence.
Words from a President To do matter – when associated with action.
When President Trump stood in Warsaw, five years before Biden, and warned that the West needed to do more to resist challenges from Russia and others, pundits back home called him a racist.
But Putin understood that Trump was serious: he had just launched airstrikes against Syria, Russia’s ally in the Middle East, and he had done it by serving chocolate cake to the Chinese Prime Minister at Mar-a- The girlfriend.
But some words seem to matter more than others. When a black man with a history of online racist rantings opened fire on a New York City subway this week, few media thought to link his motives to the radical idea, repeatedly championed by President Biden, that America is guilty of “systemic racism”. and needs “revolutionary institutional change”. No one in the White House briefing room will ask press secretary Jen Psaki if Biden regrets using such inflammatory rhetoric.
Ironically, last week a federal jury acquitted two alleged conspirators and declined to return a verdict on two others, who were charged with a bizarre plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitman (D) in 2020. At the At the time, Biden placed blame for the plot against President Trump, alleging that Trump’s rhetoric motivated the alleged kidnappers, though some had ties to the left, including Black Lives Matter. No one has yet called Biden to account for this false claim either.
Biden’s unspoken excuse is that he is nearly 80 years old and therefore his words matter less. Similarly, staffers of 88-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who is believed to be suffering from similar mental decline, told the San Francisco Chronicle don’t worry, because they are really in charge.
But a senator does little more than vote. A president has to run the country, and Biden’s staff seem to believe that words alone are enough – at the same time they tell us not to pay such close attention.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.