“Our politics have gotten so mean, so petty, so partisan,” Biden said. “And too often we see each other as enemies, not neighbors, Democrats or Republicans, and not compatriots. We’ve become too divided.” I sincerely hope that this festive season drains the poison that has infected our politics and turned us against each other,” added the head of the White House, without mentioning his own contribution to partisan animosity, notes The New York Post.
Over the past year, Biden has denounced what he called “semi-fascism” among Republicans. In a prime-time speech in September, he slammed “MAGA Republicans (Trump supporters-ed.)” as “a threat to this country.” Critics called the comments “a blow to the 74 million Americans” who voted for then-President Donald Trump in 2020. The backlash was so severe that Biden was forced to retract his words.
In his speech before Christmas, which is celebrated in the United States on Sunday night, Biden focused on the fight against COVID-19. “Things are improving. COVID is no longer in control of our lives. Our children have returned to school. People are back to work,” Biden said.
Biden’s speech, which was largely focused on giving the country a positive signal, followed a morning briefing on harsh winter weather. The “blackout” with heavy and dense snowfall is expected to hit most of the US on Friday, affecting at least 26 of the 50 US states. Six of them have already entered the state of exception.
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Forecasters have warned that a severe winter storm will bring heavy snow and wind, as well as dangerously low temperatures to the central US, with conditions expected to worsen through the end of the week, according to NBC News. The massive storm is expected to “cause far-reaching and potentially devastating impacts across the central and eastern United States” by the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service. The low temperatures combined with strong winds mean that temperatures in some areas are already reaching 40 degrees below zero, which can lead to frostbite in a matter of minutes. Inclement weather has killed five people in car crashes in Ohlahoma. Authorities are handing out containers of propane for heating to homeless people who refuse to come out of their tents.