Florida Senator Rick Scott Lashes Out at Biden, Calling Him a “Raving Lunatic” After ‘Soul of the Nation’ Speech

Toby Hazlewood

More harsh words for the President

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On September 2 Florida's Senator Rick Scott chose to air his views on Twitter about the national address that President Biden made from Philadelphia - a speech in which he accused MAGA Republicans of "Eroding the soul of America".

Scott was unrelenting in his remarks, stating that in his view President Biden was a "raving lunatic", inclined to attack anyone whose views differ from his own.

It was reported on September 7 that Scott has since doubled-down on his Tweet, using the same terms to describe the president during an interview with Panama City’s News Talk 101.

Repeated calls for Biden's resignation

Scott is certainly not a big fan of President Biden. When U.S. inflation blew past 9% this summer, Scott followed the lead of Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis and placed the blame firmly with the Biden administration. His message to the president was plain and simple:

"Wake up or resign."

This wasn't even the first time that Scott had called for Biden's resignation, after making repeated assertions that he is unwell, unable to serve and that he shouldn't be leading the country.

Biden meanwhile has been confronted with the suggestion from Scott, and has so far merely laughed it off. Biden's response:

"I think the man has a problem."

"The American Nero"

While it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, the response from Scott to Biden's latest national address is typical of the partisan responses of other Florida Republicans. Earlier in September, Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis took aim at Biden after the speech, describing him as "the American Nero".

It was a reference to the ancient Roman Emperor Nero who supposedly played his fiddle while Rome burned - symbolic of a leader who was neglecting to address the needs of his people. DeSantis also clarified for those unfamiliar with the analogy, describing Biden plainly as a "failed president".

Scott's comments echoed the remarks made by DeSantis during his appearance on Fox News:

“I thought it was one of the most disgusting speeches an American President has ever given. He ran as being a unifier, and he’s basically saying to the vast majority of the country that disapproves of him that they’re effectively a threat to the public.”

Mid-term elections approach

Scott's remarks may well be indicative of a partisan war of words that escalates as mid-term elections approach. Time will tell if it remains civil or whether the 'gloves come off' as politicians take swipes at each other - maybe the gloves are already off?

Do you think it's undignified for politicians to speak about each other in such terms or is the name-calling just a part of political discourse these days? Do you think it's necessary or helpful? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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