Biden: Trump’s extremism threatens the foundations of the US

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Joe Biden launched a scathing attack on his Republican predecessor, denouncing the “extremism” of Donald Trump and his followers, whom he accused of threatening to destroy “the very foundations” of American democracy in the city that was its cradle.

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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Biden stressed that “Donald Trump and the ‘MAGA Republicans’ represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our democracy.”

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The former president and those who embrace the Make America Great Again ideology “disrespect the Constitution. They don’t believe in the rule of law. They don’t recognize the will of the people,” said Democratic president in his speech.

Behind him, illuminated against the night sky, was Independence Hall, the red brick building where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were adopted.

The 79-year-old Democrat, who gave his first campaign speech there when he was running for president, knows that Pennsylvania, the home state of Philadelphia, is one of the keys to November’s midterm elections. And, consequently, of the rest of his term.

The Democratic leader’s speech reflects his intention to dramatize the upcoming midterm elections, which traditionally do not favor the party represented in the White House. His purpose shows how it is to turn them into a referendum for Donald Trump.

Representatives of the radical right “embrace rage. They feed on chaos. They live not in the light of truth, but in the darkness of lies,” Biden said.

“Fuck Joe Biden”

Joe Biden had already used the refrain of “fighting for the “soul of America” ​​in the campaign, albeit in a much milder atmosphere, reconciliation, appeals for unity.

For a long time, the former senator, a veteran of American politics, referred to the benefits of working with well-intentioned Republicans, but not yesterday.

“Not all Republicans embrace this extreme ideology,” he acknowledged, before pulling one more arrow from the quiver: “there is no question that today’s Republican party is dominated, led and intimidated by Donald Trump” and his followers.

Denouncing the real estate tycoon’s continued and baseless attacks on the validity of the 2020 and 2024 election results, Joe Biden said “you can’t just love your country when you win.”

Shortly after Donald Trump promised on Thursday to pardon those convicted of the attack on the federal Capitol on January 6, 2021, the Democratic president said “there is no place for political violence in the United States,” insisting that impeachment of the election results would lead to “chaos”.

When a group of political opponents gathered near the scene chanted “Fuck Joe Biden” during the speech, the president countered: “It’s their right to be outraged. We have a democracy.”

However, he did not resist the temptation to comment: “they never let good manners drown them”.

Polls

According to a poll published yesterday by the Wall Street Journal, if the midterm elections were held today, 47% of the electorate would vote for the Democrats and 44% for the Republicans.

The right held a 5-point lead in March. The Democrats can thus hope for success in the elections that will renew the composition of the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate.

In any case, the political debate has shifted since the beginning of the summer.

Inflation has slowed somewhat, while Joe Biden succeeded in passing a series of reforms and announced the death of the al-Qaeda leader in a US airstrike in Kabul. Which weakened the two big axes of the Republican campaign — about purchasing power and the ability of the oldest president ever elected in US history to govern.

Several polls show that issues that favor Democrats, such as abortion rights and social security, are gaining weight, while Republicans are increasingly perceived as reactionary by some of the electorate.

In their first reactions yesterday, Republicans tried to steer the debate back to topics more favorable to them.

“The soul of America has nothing,” diagnosed Senator Lindsey Graham, who, after a brief hiatus, has returned to the ranks of Mr. Trump’s staunchest allies. “Americans are suffering because of your policies. The skyrocketing inflation. The rampant crime. The rise of terrorism. The broken borders. Stop the sermons,” he added, addressing President Biden.

Recently, Joe Biden accused Donald Trump’s supporters of embracing an ideology he called “semi-fascism.” The term caused outrage in the conservative camp, which accused it of fueling division.

Kevin McCarthy, the Republican who is being anointed for the key office of Speaker of the House of Representatives, yesterday accused President Biden of “demonizing”, nothing more or less, “millions of hard-working law-abiding Americans”.

Source: AMPE

Source: Capital

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