Fully involved in the campaign for the November legislative elections, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, attacked this Thursday against the “threat” that ‘Trumpism’ poses to the country, during a speech in prime time from Philadelphia , considered the cradle of American democracy.
Although the White House had stated that the purpose of the speech was not to talk about former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), the Democratic leader directly accused the Republican and his followers of endangering democracy and fueling “political violence”.
He did so in a very symbolic setting, as he gave his solemn speech in front of the Independence Hall in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), the building where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed.
“I have come here tonight to the place where it all began to clearly explain to the nation the threats we face and the power we have in our hands to confront them,” said the president, with his sights set on the next elections, in which the Democrats aspire to retain their slim majority in Congress.
“For a long time we believed that American democracy was guaranteed. But it isn’t. We have to defend it, protect it, stand up,” Biden said.
Battle for the soul of America
“Donald Trump and the Republicans MAGA [Make America Great Again] they represent an extremism that threatens the foundations of our Republic,” he said. He denounced that “they do not respect the Constitution or the will of the people”, because today they continue to reject the results of the 2020 elections in which Biden prevailed over Trump.
“You can’t love your country only when you win,” snapped the president, who was accompanied by his wife, Jill Biden, and other relatives. Although he believed that the majority of Republican voters are not extremists, he lamented that the party “today is dominated, led and intimidated by Donald Trump and this is a threat to this country.”
He also warned that the most extreme Republicans want to take the United States “back” so that women “have no right to decide”, an issue that is very present in the campaign after the conservative majority of the Supreme Court will strike down the constitutional right to abortion in June.
In addition, Biden accused Trumpism of having “stoked the flames of political violence” with the 2021 assault on Capitol Hill, when a mob tried to stop the ratification of Biden’s victory, and with the threats against the FBI for the registration at Florida mansion of Trump in search of classified documents.
“Too much of what is happening in our country is not normal,” said Biden, who promised: “As president, I will defend our democracy and I ask that all Americans join me.” Some people in the vicinity of the event booed the president, who replied: “You have the right to make a fuss. This is a democracy.”
The Battle for Pennsylvania
Shortly before the president was to speak, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy delivered a retort speech demanding that Biden apologize for calling supporters of Trump “semi-fascists” last week. Trump and accused him of being the one attacking democracy.
“For the past two years, Joe Biden has launched an assault on the soul of America, its people and its most sacred values. He has launched an attack against our democracy,” the congressman reproached from Scranton, also in Pennsylvania, Biden’s hometown.
This state on the east coast has become one of the main stages of the electoral struggle, since it can tip the balance of the majority in the Senate, where the Democrats and Republicans are currently tied with 50 seats.
Before his speech this Thursday in Philadelphia, Biden already gave a rally in Pennsylvania last Tuesday, while Trump will land in the state next Saturday.
In the 2020 election, Biden won Pennsylvania, where he set up his campaign headquarters, but in 2016 it fell to Trump. For this reason, the president did not miss the opportunity and took advantage of his speech in Philadelphia to boast of what he considers to be the achievements of his Administration, such as the legislation to reduce inflation, recently approved in Congress.