Philadelphia – President Joe Biden delivered a speech Thursday that said the “extreme ideology” of Donald Trump and his supporters “threatens the very foundation of our republic,” calling on Americans from all walks of life to help counter the which he cataloged as dark forces within the Republican Party trying to undermine democracy.
In his speech from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Biden unleashed all the moorings of the presidency to make an unusually forceful accusation against Trump, and what he said has become the dominant strain of the opposition party. His verbal barrage came just two months before Americans go to the polls for a disputed midterm election that Biden described as a crossroads for the nation.
“A lot of things that are happening in our country today are not normal,” he told hundreds of attendees, raising his voice to silence Trump supporters gathered outside the building where the founding of the nation was debated.RELATED
He stated that he did not disapprove of the 74 million people who voted for Trump in 2020, but added: “There is no doubt that today the Republican Party is dominated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans,” using the slogan’s English acronym. “Make America Great Again” campaign campaign.
Biden’s explicit attempt to sideline Trump and his supporters represents a sharp shift in position for the president, who during his inaugural address touted national unity.
Biden, who avoided even referring to the “old guy” by name during his first year in office, has been increasingly outspoken in his criticism of Trump. Emboldened by his party’s recent legislative wins and mindful of Trump’s return to the news headlines, Biden is sharpening his finger, just as he did last week when he compared the “MAGA philosophy” to “semi-fascism.” .
Walking into dangerous political terrain, he has struggled to balance his criticism with a call for more mainstream Republicans to speak up. Republican Party leaders were quick to accuse him of deepening political divisions.
In a preemptive response from Scranton, Pennsylvania, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said it is Biden, not Republicans, who are trying to divide Americans.
“In the last two years, Joe Biden has launched an offensive against the soul of the United States, against its people, against its laws, against its most sacred values,” he said. “He has launched an offensive against our democracy. His policies have seriously wounded America’s soul, weakened America’s spirits, and betrayed America’s trust.”
Asked about McCarthy’s criticism, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said earlier Thursday that “we understand it struck a chord” with the Republican leader, citing previous statements by McCarthy in which she said Trump He was responsible for the January 6, 2021 attack on the federal Capitol.
Trump plans to hold an event this weekend in the Scranton metro area.
White House officials said Biden’s sharp words reflect his growing concern about the ideological overtures of Trump allies and his relentless refusal to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“Equality and democracy are under attack” in the United States, said Biden, who described Trump and his supporters as a threat to the nation’s system of government, its position abroad and the way of life of its citizens.
Trump and the MAGA Republicans “promote authoritarian leaders and fan the flames of political violence,” he said. “They are determined to take this country backwards.”
“A throwback to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to birth control, no right to marry the person you love,” he declared, referring to social issues that Democrats they have tried to present before the voters in the face of these elections.
Biden’s appearance was billed as an official taxpayer-funded event, a sign of how the president sees defeating Trump’s agenda as a political goal. Red and blue lights illuminated the bricks of Independence Hall and a Marine band performed “Hail to the Chief” while a pair of Marine Corps sentries stood guard in the background. However, major television networks did not broadcast the speech live.
The president asked citizens to “vote, vote, vote” to protect their democracy. “For a long time, we have comforted ourselves by telling ourselves that American democracy is guaranteed, but it is not. Now, emboldened by recent legislative wins and fearful of a Trump return to the headlines, Biden is sharpening his attacks.