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President Biden Faces Pro-Palestine Hecklers And Targets Trump In Campaign Speech At Democrat Dinner

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President Biden delivered a speech in South Carolina, emphasizing gratitude to Democratic voters and outlining his achievements.

He addressed economic progress, criticized Trump, and faced interruptions from pro-Palestinian activists.

Biden highlighted accomplishments such as job creation, pandemic response, economic relief checks, and efforts to lower prescription drug prices.

“If you ever doubt that the power to change America is in your hands, remember this: You proved it. You’re the reason I am president. You’re the reason Kamala Harris is a historic Vice President,” Biden said.

“And you’re the reason Donald Trump is a defeated former President. You’re the reason Donald Trump is a loser. And you’re the reason we’re going to win and beat him again.”

He also discussed reducing inflation, boosting manufacturing jobs, and addressing racial wealth gaps.

“Nearly four years ago, I came to Columbia to celebrate a primary victory, and I said then, and I quote, ‘For all those who have been knocked down, counted out, left behind, this is your campaign,'” he said.

“That same message has defined my presidency,” he said.

“I’m determined to give all those who have been knocked down, counted out, left behind in America a shot again — a fair shot at making a living, taking care of their children, starting a business, being able to buy a home, build real wealth for generations to come.”

The speech underscored promises fulfilled, including healthcare expansion, student debt relief, and investments in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“Now, maybe Donald Trump and his MAGA friends believe that they have — they — to — you have to hold us down to lift everybody else [themselves] up.”

“I don’t believe that. I believe that America is big enough, strong enough, blessed enough for all of us to succeed.”

“And that’s why we’re finally building an economy that grows from the middle out and the bottom up, instead of trickle-down economy from the top. Because when you do that, the poor have a ladder up, the middle class do well, and the wealthy still do very well. We all do well.”

“Just think back to the mess Donald Trump left this country in: a deadly pandemic, economic freefall, a violent insurrection. I promised to do everything in my power, I said at the time, to get us through one of the toughest periods in our history. And together we are.”

“We vaccinated America. We created a record 14 million new jobs in three years.”

“And let’s get something straight. Trump talks about putting checks in pockets. But in 2021, as soon as I came to office, I was the guy who sent every one of you those $1,400 checks.”

“On top of that, I sent those $300 checks per child per family per month for hardworking families. That was thousands of dollars in pockets to get people through a real crisis.”

“And here’s what it did. It helped cut Black poverty in half for Black children in America. Because no child in America should ever go hunger [hungry] — ever. When Trump pushed Black small businesses to the back of the line in the pandemic [relief] funding, I moved them to the front of the line. And today, Black small businesses are starting up at the fastest rate in 30 years.”

“But look, folks, things this country has — have been through have been pretty tough for a lot of people. But we’re making progress. There’s a lot more on the way. Inflation is coming down. It’s now lower in America than any other major economy in the world. The cost of eggs, milk, chicken, gas, and so many other essential items have come down.”

“But for all we’ve done to bring prices down, there are still too many corporations in America ripping people off: price gouging, junk fees, greedflation, shrinkflation.”

“You see that article about the Snickers bars?”

“Well, it’s going to stop. Americans, we’re tired of being played for suckers. And that’s why we’re going to keep these guys — keep on them and get the prices down. Folks, the bottom line is our economy has grown more in the last six months than it ever did in any point in Trump’s entire four years in office,” Biden said.

“And for too long, we imported projects — products and exported jobs. But now, thanks to all we’re doing, we’re exporting American products and we’re bringing American jobs back home to America — where they belong.”

“America is experiencing a manufacturing boom that no one thought was possible. But I knew it was possible. Eight hundred thousand new manufacturing jobs and counting — good-paying jobs. Record unemployment, including the lowest levels of Black unemployment ever recorded in American history. The racial wealth gap is at its lowest level in 20 years.”

“Trump’s $2 trillion tax cut when he was president benefitted the super wealthy but was never paid for, and it completely blew up the federal deficit. We’ve brought that deficit down. And all the progress we’ve made comes down to a simple proposition: promises made and promises kept.”

“I promised, as Jim pointed out, that we’d beat Big Pharma, that charges more for prescriptions drug prices in America than anywhere else in the world — the same company, the same prescription. And we did. Thirty-five-dollar-a-month insulin for seniors, instead of $400 a month or more.”

“As Jim pointed out, we tried to make that $35 available to everybody, but the Republicans blocked us. But with our vote in 2024, we’re going to make it happen for everyone — everyone. As Jim pointed out, out-of-pocket costs for seniors for all their prescriptions will soon be capped at $2,000 a year, even for expensive cancer drugs that cost $10-, $12-, $15,000 a year.”

“I promised to help ease accumulated student debt for millions of folks carrying during the crisis of the pandemic. The Supreme Court blocked me, but it didn’t stop me. I found another way to help more than 3.7 million people — teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters — with $130 billion in relief. And causing the economy to grow faster as a consequence of that.”

“And another 25,000 people a month, beginning next month, are going to start to get their student loans forgiven, because they’re getting notified with a letter from me –you’re about to get that relief — because of their public service, so they can follow their dreams, start a business, buy a home, start a family.”

“And I’m not done. Promises made and promises kept.”

“I promised you we’d make record investment in HBCUs, including South Carolina’s eight HBCUs. HBCU students are just as talented as any student in America — but their colleges and universities don’t have the funding and endowments for the cutting-edge laboratories and research centers.”

“Well, I’ve invested, so far, $7 billion in HBCUs and counting — to help support our brilliant HBCU students.”

“And, again, a promise made and a promise kept.”

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