CNN “tones down” the background color of Joe Biden’s angry “soul of the nation” speech

CNN appeared to change the background of President Joe Biden’s fiery “Soul of the Nation” speech from a rich crimson to a softer shade of pink.

The change came amid the broadcast of Biden’s Thursday speech in Philadelphia, during which he named Trump and called “MAGA Republicans” a threat to democracy.

Biden delivered the speech in front of Independence Hall and with red spotlights shining up the brick facade behind him.

As the President lashed out at his opponents in front of a red backdrop, many viewers on Twitter began comparing him to the evil Emperor from Star Wars and the authoritarian Chancellor from V for Vendetta.

Then at one point during the CNN broadcast, the red could be seen slowly fading into a softer shade of pink, which was maintained for the remainder of the speech.

But the change seemed to only happen on CNN, as the background stayed red on C-SPAN, CBS AND MSNBC.

“CNN appears to have changed the video of Biden’s speech from demonic red to Pepto-Bismol pink,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wrote on Twitter. “Very helpful as we needed a lot of Pepto-Bismol to get through this!”

A CNN representative later blamed an error on their broadcast for the color change, according to The New York Post.

Biden declared Donald Trump a

Biden declared Donald Trump a “threat to the country” in a speech that contained his most strident rhetoric yet about his predecessor in the Oval Office and the MAGA movement.

Standing on the blacked-out stage with an ominous red light, the President called out Trump by name and slammed him for making claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

Biden also branded him – and the MAGA Republicans who followed him – as “extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”

Although Biden was greeted with warm applause throughout the speech, Biden’s night was marred by hecklers chanting “F*** Joe Biden” and “Let’s Go Brandon” and the fact that most major news networks didn’t broadcast his address live radiated. Only CNN and MSNBC did.

It was a speech that sparked a major backlash from Republicans, who accused him of being divisive, recalling Biden saying in October 2020, “Rather than treating each other’s party as opposition, we treat them as an enemy.” This must end!’

In November 2020, hje tweeted: “To make progress we must stop treating our opponents as enemies. We are not enemies.’


“I’m not going to stand by and watch. I will not allow the will of the American people to be overthrown by wild conspiracy theories and baseless, unproven claims and fraud. I will not watch elections in this country being stolen by people who simply refuse to accept that they have lost,” the president said

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said: “Tonight, Joe Biden slandered millions of Americans in a divisive and angry speech detached from the reality of his political failure. He’s not really interested in restoring the soul of the nation, he’s only interested in playing his fellow Americans off against one another.’

Trump quickly hit back at the speech on his Truth Social, writing, “Someone should explain slowly but passionately to Joe Biden that MAGA means, as powerfully as mere words can, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

“If he doesn’t want to make America great again, which he doesn’t do in word, deed, and thought, then surely he shouldn’t be representing the United States of America!

“If you look at the words and the meaning of Biden’s clumsy and angry speech tonight, he threatened America, including the possible use of military force. He must be crazy or have late-stage dementia!’

He also shared an uncapted picture of Biden wearing the crimson lighting on stage with his arms raised in fists next to a picture of himself kissing the American flag.



Earlier in the evening, Biden attacked Trump by name in a 24-minute speech from Independence Hall in Philadelphia in his most direct attack on his predecessor yet.

He said: “Equality and democracy are under attack. We’re not doing ourselves any favors by pretending it’s different,” Biden said at the beginning of his speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

He called out Trump by name, slammed the former president for his false claim that the 2020 election was stolen and berated those who support Trump.

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represented extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” Biden said, to much applause from his supporters.

He made it clear that he doesn’t see every Republican as “extreme” or a threat, but said, “There is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans.”

“And that’s a threat to this country,” he said. “Too much of what is happening in our country today is not normal.” CNN “tones down” the background color of Joe Biden’s angry “soul of the nation” speech

Andrew Kugle

Andrew Kugle is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Andrew Kugle joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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