Biden’s use of U.S. Marines as props for speech draws criticism, but White House defends it as normal


Two U.S. Marines in uniform, standing at attention against an ominous red background while President Joe Biden delivered a harshly partisan damnation of former President Donald Trump and his supporters has drawn sharp criticism. It’s improper to use the military as a prop for a political speech, critics are saying.

Thursday night’s speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia clearly was political, as it bashed Biden’s most likely opponent — Trump.

But the White House says it was all proper.

“The presence of the Marines at the speech was intended to demonstrate the deep and abiding respect the president has for these service members, to these ideals, and the unique role our independent military plays in defending our democracy no matter which party is in power,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

But even some in the mainstream media were shocked at the breach in protocol:

“Whatever you think of this speech, the military is supposed to be apolitical. Positioning Marines in uniform behind President Biden for a political speech flies in the face of that. It’s wrong when Democrats do it. It’s wrong when Republicans do it,” wrote CNN anchor Brianna Keilar on Twitter.

“Like or loathe what he said tonight, it should be noted: The president spoke tonight on the grounds of a national park, flanked by US Marines, and took direct, specific aim at his predecessor and members of the Republican Party,” wrote CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe. “Another thing we don’t see everyday.”

Jean-Pierre said it is quite normal for presidents to use military as a backdrop, and that “Standing up for democracy is not political.”

“The president gave an important speech last night, a critical speech at an inflection point, and our democracy, our values, our values that our men and women who protect us every day and fight for every day believe in as well,” Jean-Pierre said Friday.


  1. His (Deep) abiding love of our military my ass. How about OUR 13 kids he failed to protect in Afghanistan???? That was grounds for impeachment. He is an empty suit along with his entire staff. Evil rotten Marxist bastards.

  2. Trump is going to be holding a rally in Scranton, PA on Saturday. All of Pedophile Joe’s childhood friends will be there.

  3. Was I the only one so chilled at the setting for Biden’s speech? Two uniformed Marines, and a giant American flag hung the same way the Nazis used to hang their flag to stage their rallies. And the same words out of the President’s mouth. What in the name of God was the man thinking? Or is the dementia getting to him? Between his backdrop and the words that spouted from his mouth, I wondered if democracy or the republican form of government has come to an end in this county. Ibn Kaldun ranked 4 phases of a governmental entity. Phase 1 was desert, or electing your chief. Phase 2 was the government turning against its citizens. Phase 3 was rampant corruption, if I remember right. And Phase 4 was senility, in other words, the final slide toward the end. What did America do when it elected this man president? He sounded just like a dictator. Can we claw our way back to a true representative government?

  4. For a truly “ominous red background”, just look at what’s standing behind Trump at any of his pathetic rallies.

        • No, he had the election stolen by win-at-any-cost radical leftist extremists, such as yourself. For radical leftist extremists, the acquisition and exercise of raw, naked political power is the end-all and be-all.

        • That he did.
          And, it looks like it was because of ZuckerBucks. Curious how many votes you can garner, when a tech billionaire drops over $400 Million to get you elected.
          I wonder, would you be so convinced there was nothing suspicious about the election if the Koch Brothers did what Mark Zuckerberg did?

        • …..because the Democrats stole it in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Detroit. Everyone already knows this. Shades down. Close-up counting centers early. Deliver tens of thousands of rigged ballots in the night. While pedophile Brandon strokes himself in his basement and looks at himself in the mirror and asks, “who’s this?”

    • At Trump rallies I see lots of people with smiles on their faces having a good time. The police are even at ease and look relaxed. No looting, shootings, fights, fires, no protesting. Just saying…

      • Trump rally right now in Scranton, PA. Tens of thousands turning out…….on Joe’s turf.
        Welcome back to the White House in 2024, President Trump.

      • The best part about a Trump rally, well aside from the President, is you never have to guess what gender someone is. It is attended by women and men, none of the made up genders.

    • It’s intellectually vapid to attempt to deflect with “but Trump?…”

      Last time I looked (I don’t watch his rallys) what was behind him were Americans of all stripes, races, 87 genders, ect.

      I’m not going to bother searching the internet for evidence Trump ever used the military as stage props for a political speech. Why not? Simple.

      If he had, it would still be in the news today.

  5. Normal for a fascist channeling his inner Nazi.

    If Trump had done this, the press would have treated it like he was burning a cross onstage.

    Nothing is off limits or too far for Chairman Joe and his partisans.

    But his very own Nuremberg rally is all he’s got. If the progressives run on their record they’ll lose big.

  6. Face it, folks: There was nothing, NOTHING ‘normal’ about Reichchancellor Biden’s speech, nor is there anything ‘normal’ about his destructive and nationally-suicidal usurper regime.
    The USA has been taken over by hostile dark forces, and is being systematically demolished before our eyes.

  7. His love and respect for the military? Like the ones he abandoned in Afghanistan?
    Nobody but his minions believe his lies.

  8. NORMAL???? Maybe for a political leader that loves America and is NOT a traitor! Biden is absolutely NOT that leader!

  9. Sorta like President Trump walking through Lafayette Square with Chief of Staff General Milley in full uniform shortly after clearing protesters with police?

    • If you can show where- now proof, not demagoguery is required- deliberately staged Milly regarding where to stand, ect., you have half a point.

      But you them lose it when factoring in Trump didn’t call his political enemies threats to America while holding the Bible in front of that church.

      You really are bad at this.

    • Frank, you are willfully ignorant. These events are not comparable. Protesters damaged a church and the commander in chief and his staff went to view the damage, in a spur of the moment.
      This Biden event was choreographed and set up to the minute detail, to justify hate and rage in his supporters and put his opposition on notice, while making it clear that he had the upper hand as commander of the armed forces. This was a propaganda speech and the marines had no business being there. Leni Riefenstahl would be proud. Displays like this have no place in this country and if you think, calling half of the population extremists is just hunky dory, I suggest a remedial history lesson.

    • The difference was that a scene of violence and destruction was contained. There was no violence or destruction here, just a demented old man thinking he’s a Hitler-style dictator. Just because you speak against Trump doesn’t mean you’ll be safe. Biden hates you too, don’t feel left out.

    • No Frank, more like a poorly done rendition of Leni Refinstal, the use of dark color and shadows and some nut clinching his fist and declaring war on his Political Opponents.
      Scary? You bet. Your Presidents handlers are trying to incite civil strife, perhaps then declare Martial Law and suspend the midterms?

    • Sorta like that, but really, nothing like that at all.
      First of all, the Chief of Staff will wear full uniform for all official duties, and that includes accompanying the President outside of the White House. Secondly, there was no “staging” to be had. The Trump team, and the media did not have days to set it up. Finally, there is a huge difference between President Trump trying to save a historic church and Biden using both a historical building and the US Military as props.

  10. It’s what all the third world countries do. Surprised he didn’t make them dress up like girls, to push his other agenda. If that speech doesn’t scare everyone to vote against this reign of stupidity, then I don’t know what will.

  11. Now he’s plagiarizing that famous Hitler delivery style, nothing new for Biden, the great uniter in all his 1937 era glory.

  12. It’s a good thing that fuel prices are skyrocketing — maybe the cost of them will give Usurper Biden second thoughts about building all his much-desired MAGA gas chambers.

  13. I didn’t waste my time watching the speech (reading of teleprompter) but the clips I’m seeing are scary. Direct threats against political opposition with a very intimidating backdrop. Biden and his handlers made it clear they will not hesitate to use the military against its citizens. We have an army of IRS agents being trained right now. Germany 1937, history does repeat itself.

    • I am normally with you there, but you gotta watch this one.
      It is even scarier when you include the relatively innocuous stuff. In fact, it makes the clips you have seen even more threatening.

  14. The man is a script reading phony. What an insult to hold the address at Independence Hall. He has no concept of what freedom and independence even are. The whole set up was creepy, and it was a set up attempt to lure the gullible.

  15. Democrats keep coming up short with presidential candidates. Al Gore, a sophist with a heart for telling lies. Hillary Clinton, a criminal mind in a dress with untold felony charges awaiting her. And now Joe Biden, a pedophile who can’t remember his street address and thinks he won the presidency.
    The absolute worst people end up in the Democrat Party.

    • Reading through the entirety of the comments here, it’s not too difficult to figure out why folks thought there was nothing out of ‘normal’ with the last administration. That last one’s only accomplishment, it seems, was to provide a real-life caricature of a once-blonde white guy in national politics without scruples, morals, or American values, who still tortures us with his hate and malodorous putrefaction.

      • Did he go blonde, finally? You were talking about Barack Obama, the biggest America hater to serve in the White House. He taught his understudy, the brain-deceased Joe Biden, very well. 12 years of the racist Barack Obama will land us in a civil war before 2024. Which side will you take safety on?

      • I disagree completely.
        President Donald J. Trump’s most significant accomplishment was driving the leftists into a snarling, feral, and uncontrollable rage. The folks on the left proved, beyond a shadow of any doubt, what they really are.
        For that I support Trump, and I want him to live forever. Before Trump was nominated, the left was able to disguise their avarice, their love of power, their demand that everyone cowtow to their whims. But, Trump pushed them to a tantrum that exposed all of their childish ways.
        The rest of your comment is equally applicable to any politician alive today. Devoid of scruples, morals, or American values? Please, take an honest look at Congress, and tell me who, in that body, has morals, scruples, or American values? Go on, name them I want to know.

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