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Over the last two weeks, Americans have seen a markedly different commander-in-chief. During remarks in Statuary Hall on the one-year anniversary of the January 6 Capitol attack, President Biden was clear and direct, “I did not seek this fight, brought to this Capitol one year ago today. But I will not shrink from it, either. I will stand in this breach, I will defend this nation, and I will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of democracy.”
In a break from previous speeches where the president opted to either ignore or deflect questions about former President Trump, Biden went on to reference his immediate predecessor more than a dozen times throughout the address, calling him out specifically for refusing to accept defeat in 2020 and for his actions inspiring the violent mob on last year.
The following day, the president turned his ire towards obstructionist Republicans on Capitol Hill who have sharpened their economic attacks on the White House given rising inflation and ongoing supply chain concerns.
FILE – President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the