President Biden spoke from the White House on Monday to encourage Congress to raise the debt limit. His speech on raising the debt limit appeared to be directed at Americans, to encourage them to stand in opposition to Republicans in Congress, who hold minority power in both houses.
The president, who has touted his intentions for unity among the parties, said that Republicans should "get out of the way" so they don't destroy the country. He blamed Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema for his party's failure to effectively pass their agenda.
"Democrats will meet our responsibility and obligation in this country," Biden said. "I ask Republicans do their part and made it clear from being try to ask you to no avail. Just ask him not to use procedural tricks to block us from doing the job, they won't do. Meteor is headed to crash into our economy. Democrats are willing to do all the work stopping it. Republicans just have to let us do our job. Just get out of the way. [If you] don't want to help save the country, get out of the way so you don't destroy it."
Biden blamed former President Trump, as well as congressional Republicans, for his and his party's inability to effectively govern. He told Americans that if Republicans fail to get on board with the Democrats agenda will deplete their savings and retirement plans.
"A reason we have to raise the debt limit is, in part, because of the reckless tax and spending policies under the previous Trump administration. In four years, they incurred nearly $8 trillion in four years $8 trillion in additional debt and bills, we have to now pay off," Biden said.
"That's more than a quarter of the entire debt incurred now outstanding for more than 200 years," Biden continued. "Republicans in Congress raised the debt three times when Donald Trump is president and each time, with Democrat's support. Now, they won't raise it, even though they're responsible for more than $8 trillion of bills incurred in four years under the previous administration, that's what we'll be paying off."
"Let us vote and end the mess," he said, "y'know, we've got to get this done, we must get this done." He went on to say that Republicans are playing "Russian roulette," and need to get out of the way.
He was asked by Fox News' Peter Doocy about the harassment Senator Sinema faced in the bathroom of Arizona State University, where she was speaking over the weekend.
"Mr President, Mr. President, I've been talking about how you have 48 Democratic votes right now, the other two have been pressured over the weekend by activists. Joe Manchin had people on kayaks, show up to his boat. Senator Sinema last night was chased into a restroom. Do you think that those tactics are crossing a line?" Doocy asked.
"I don't think they're appropriate tactics but it happens to everybody," Biden said. "The only people it doesn't happen to are people who have Secret Service standing around with them. So, it's part of the process."
Biden has claimed in the past that his goal is to unite the country across partisan lines, however, his speech on the raising of the debt limit appeared to sow division not only within his own party, but between the two parties as a whole.