President Biden warns Howard University graduates: ‘The most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy’
President Joe Biden gave a commencement speech at Howard University on Saturday, when he warned graduates of the dangerous threats the country faces from white supremacy.
Biden told the graduates of the historically black university, “The most dangerous terrorist threat to our homeland is white supremacy.”
He proudly added, “And I’m not saying this because I’m at a Black HBCU, I say it wherever I go.”
Biden at Howard Univ.: “The most dangerous threat to our homeland is white supremacy … and I’m not just saying this because I’m at a black HBCU.” pic.twitter.com/WhwoSvlyN7
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 13, 2023
Biden claimed that he hoped hatred would disappear after Barack Obama was elected as president of the United States, but alleged that hatred “never goes away” and only “hides under rocks.”
“A vivid demonstration when it comes to race in America, hope doesn’t travel alone. It’s shadowed by fear, by violence and by hate,” he asserted.
“There are those who demonize, and pit people against one another,” President Biden added during his address, likely hinting at former President Donald Trump. “There are those who would do anything, everything, no matter how desperate or immoral, to hold on to power.”
Biden continued, “That’s never going to be an easy battle. But I know this: The oldest most sinister forces, they believe they’ll determine America’s future. But they are wrong. We will determine America’s future. You will determine America’s future.”
Biden rehashed the Capitol riot from Jan. 6, 2021.
“January 2021 – I stood in the U.S. Capitol to be inaugurated as president of the United States,” he said at the commencement ceremony. “Just days before, on that very spot, a violent insurrection took place. A dagger at the throat of democracy.”
“For the first time in our history, an attempt to stop a peaceful transfer of power in this country. They failed. Our democracy held. Again hope prevailed,” Biden said.
Biden then mentioned Vice President Kamala Harris, “And this time I was standing with a black woman, about to take a two-mile procession down Pennsylvania Avenue as president and vice president of the United States of America.”
Biden mentioned the Howard University marching band performing at Biden’s inauguration.
Biden bragged, “I was able to fulfill my commitment to put the first black woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”
Biden touted Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as “brighter than the rest” of the Supreme Court justices. He added, “She is one bright woman.”
Biden on Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson: “By the way, she’s brighter than the rest” of the Supreme Court. “She is one bright woman.” pic.twitter.com/xKCSgVHKQM
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) May 13, 2023
Biden attacked the Republican Party for opposing his student debt relief plan. He then conflated student loans with the Paycheck Protection Program launched during the pandemic that offered potentially forgivable government loans to small businesses.
“This new Republican Party is dead set against it, suing my administration to stop you from getting student debt relief,” Biden argued. “The same opposition who received relief loans, I might add, to keep their businesses afloat during the pandemic.”
Biden was awarded an honorary “Doctor of Letters” degree from Howard University during the ceremony.
Biden’s speech at the historically black university arrived in the same week that a new poll showed that he is losing support from the black community.
The latest Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows Biden has a 58% current approval rating among black adults. The AP noted, “Roughly 9 in 10 black adults approved of Biden over his first months in office.”
Only 41% of black adults want Biden to run in the 2024 presidential election, and just 55% said they would be likely to support him in a general election.