Joe Biden will speak at a DNC fundraiser in Washington, D.C. Wednesday evening on the “threat of election deniers” and political violence, according an announcement by the Democrats and comments by White House officials. The theme is a reprise of the ‘Dark Brandon’ speech Biden gave in Philadelphia in September. The 7 p.m. EDT speech is scheduled for a Democrat fundraiser being held at the Columbus Club in Union Station–a formerly vibrant retail and transportation hub on Capitol Hill that has become overrun by crime and homeless camps in recent years.
The location of the speech was chosen to remind voters of the January 6 riot, Biden advisor Anita Dunn told Axios Wednesday morning.
The speech is a surprise addition to Biden’s schedule, hinting at desperation to try to turn back the likely red wave of Republican victories on next weeks midterm elections.
“The president will address the threat of election deniers and those who seek to undermine faith in voting and democracy; and the stakes for our democracy in next week’s election,”
JUST IN: President Biden is going to speak tonight from Union Station about election deniers and 'preserving and protecting our democracy' as Election Day approaches. pic.twitter.com/w7ASUA2WiR
— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) November 2, 2022
The White House updated Biden’s schedule Wednesday morning:
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) November 2, 2022
Senior White House advisors previewed the speech at an Axios forum Wednesday morning.
White House Deputy Chief of Staff @jomalleydillon and Senior Adviser Anita Dunn preview President Biden's speech on democracy tonight at 7pm ET at Union Station in Washington, DC with @axios' @mikeallen. #AxiosEvents pic.twitter.com/O1WiC9Nh7o
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 2, 2022
The big picture: White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Anita Dunn said that the setting of Capitol Hill is important.
“Because on January 6th we saw violence geared towards subverting democratic processes there.”
“It is an appropriate place to make these remarks tonight,” she said.
“The threat of political violence … it’s something that unites almost all Americans and something we can all be united against,” Dunn said.
Observers noted Union Station has fallen on hard times:
I think Union Station — an epicenter of crime and homelessness in Democrat-run D.C. — is the perfect backdrop for a Joe Biden speech https://t.co/1ZJoodfM95
— Chad Gilmartin (@ChadGilmartinCA) November 2, 2022
Reminder: the Starbucks in Union Station, where Biden is speaking tonight, closed earlier this year because of out-of-control crime in a Democrat-run city. pic.twitter.com/hw4gCAbums
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) November 2, 2022
Andrew Quinn, Chief Speechwriter & Strategic Communications Director for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said it appears the homeless were cleared out for Biden’s speech, “It appears that either D.C. or local authorities finally cleared out the homeless tent city in front of Union Station… in time for President Biden to give a speech there tonight”
Free Beacon executive editor Brent Scher photographed the suddenly cleared Union Station:
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) November 2, 2022
Mark Bednar, Strategic Communications and Digital Advisor to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), “Live look at DC’s Union Station, where Biden will make his closing arguments tonight on Democrats’ accomplishments.”
Live look at DC's Union Station, where Biden will make his closing arguments tonight on Democrats' accomplishments. pic.twitter.com/onXzkOPWSR
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) November 2, 2022