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The Hill
The Hill
5 Jan 2024
Tara Suter


NextImg:Raskin touts Biden’s Jan. 6 speech as ‘remarkable’ ahead of riot anniversary 

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) called President Biden’s recent speech that went after former President Trump “remarkable” in an interview on MSNBC Friday.

“Well, it was a remarkable speech which spoke directly to the moment and it was delivered with amazing passion and conviction and integrity,” Raskin said. “And it was the kind of speech, I think, that will galvanize and mobilize millions and millions of people across the country to get in this fight.”

In his first campaign speech of the year on Friday, the president highlighted the Jan. 6 attack in an attempt to cement a point about Trump and other Republicans espousing a kind of extremism that was seen by the world on that day.

“Democracy is on the ballot. Your freedom is on the ballot,” Biden said in the speech, delivered near Valley Forge, Pa.

Biden also called the former president a “loser” at one point in the speech.

“Donald Trump’s campaign is obsessed with the past, not the future. He’s willing to sacrifice democracy to put himself in power,” Biden added.

Raskin argued that the upcoming election is not one “where people can sit on the sofa and look back and watch the polls, and so on,” but rather “an election where people need to be involved in the process.”

“So, you know, don’t be in the prognostication business, be in the mobilization business,” Raskin continued. “And that’s what Joe Biden was saying. You know, everything is on the line right here.”