President Biden's 2024 campaign message is coming into sharper focus after a speech in South Carolina. During a visit to Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Biden drew a connection between the racist murders of nine Black churchgoers in 2015 and what his campaign asserts is an ongoing threat to democracy from the far right.The Charlottesville issues were destroying Civil War monuments, censoring right-wingers, and objecting to Jews importing foreigners to replace American Whites. The violence was partially caused by police:
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PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: The word of God was pierced by bullets and hate, rage, propelled by not just gunpowder but by a poison. Poison that has, for too long, haunted this nation. What is that poison? White supremacy. ...
MARTIN: So President Biden talked a lot about the January 6 mob attack on the Capitol in his speech at Mother Emanuel. And he talked about how the former president - the Republican frontrunner, now - played a role in it. But the massacre in Charleston was in 2015. That's the year before Donald Trump was elected president. So what does one have to do with the other? ...
HARRISON: Well, the connection is that Donald Trump is a threat to that freedom. Donald Trump, a man who, you know, remember, the president got into this race because he said we're battling for the soul of this nation. When he saw that the president of the United States was saying that fine people are on both sides when talking about the hatred we saw in Charlottesville - and so that hatred in Charlottesville was also - it's just an extension of the hatred we saw at Mother Emanuel in terms of Confederate flag, in terms of believing white supremacy in this nation.
Heaphy’s report noted that several officers heard [Black police chief] Thomas say in the police command center: “Let them fight for a little. It will make it easier to declare an unlawful assembly.”
There you have it. The Biden message is to hold a coalition of White haters.