During his message at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Joe Biden warned the press about the dangers of “disinformation,” urging them . However, he went on to dish out some disinformation of his own.

The 81-year-old president said that the 2024 presidential election is about a choice that would determine whether democracy remains “the sacred cause of America.” According to him, if the people do not vote to reelect him, the answer to whether democracy is the “sacred cause of America” is “no.”

“On the third anniversary of January 6, I went to Valley Forge and I said the most urgent question of our time is whether democracy is still — is still the sacred cause of America. That is the question the American people must answer this year and you, the free press, play a critical role in making sure the American people have the information they need to make an informed decision,” Biden said.

He then railed against former President Donald Trump with a series of partial truths and remarks taken out of context.

“The defeated former President has made no secret of his attack on our democracy he said he wants to be a dictator on day one and so much more. He tells supporters he is the revenge and retribution. When in God’s name ever heard of another president say something like that? And he promised a bloodbath when he loses again,” he stated.

Taking his attention back to the press, he pressed them to go against Trump while claiming he was not asking them to “take sides.”

“We have to take this seriously. Eight years ago, it could have been written off as just Trump talk but no longer, not after January 6. I’m sincerely not asking you to take sides, but asking a rise up to the seriousness of the moment,” he said.

Asking them to “move past the horse race numbers and the gotcha moments, and the distractions, the sideshows that have come to dominate and sensationalize our politics,” he advised them to focus on what’s actually at stake.

“I think in your hearts, you know what’s at stake. The stakes couldn’t be higher every single one of us has roles to play — a serious role, to play in making sure democracy endures, American democracy. I have my role, but with all due respect, so do you. In the age of disinformation, credible information that people can trust is more important than ever and that makes you, and I mean this with the bottom of my heart, makes you more important than ever,” he stated.