US President Joe Biden has launched a head-on attack on Republicans for being a threat to American democracy because of the party’s dependence on Donald Trump, as he redoubled his efforts to portray The opposition is radical before the midterm elections in November.
In a prime-time speech on Thursday night from outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Biden put the defense of the rule of law and American institutions at the heart of the stage with voters, saying that they are being threatened by the former president and his political allies.
He directly called Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement and its supporters in conservative America a dark force in the country’s politics.
“There is no doubt that the Republican party today is dominated, motivated, and threatened by Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans — and that’s a threat to this country,” he said.
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law, they do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election,” Biden said, adding that “so much of what is happening in our country today is not normal”.
Biden’s harsh criticism of Trump and Republicans for the former president comes after the 79-year-old leader vowed to unify the country after the 2020 election and try to make a series of bipartisan agreement with conservative lawmakers on infrastructure, gun control and chip subsidies during his first two years in office.
But it reflects growing alarm among Democrats that Trump’s grip on Republicans continues to grow, with many of the party’s lawmakers accepting the denial of the election results. 2020, taking place on January 6, 2021. assault on the U.S. Capitol, and recently attacked law enforcement agencies like the FBI for a search of the former president’s Florida estate as part of an investigation into his handling of classified documents. your.
“For a long time, we have reassured ourselves that American democracy is secure. But it’s not like that. We must protect it. Protect it. Stand up for it. Biden said.
The theme of the speech underscored the extent to which the White House and many Democrats are harboring hopes of maintaining control of the House and Senate in the coming years. midterm elections by drawing clear and increasingly stark contrasts with Trump and his Republican allies — a formula that has worked for Biden in the 2020 presidential race. Many of the candidates are backed by Trump. won the Republican primaries and is now challenging the Democrats for seats in Congress.
In May, Biden called Republicans “the best extremely political organization” in recent US history – and last week said allies and supporters of Trump had embraced “semi-fascism”.
Democrats have tracked Republicans politically for most of the year because of voter dissatisfaction with high inflation, soaring gasoline prices, and Biden’s low approval rating.
But recently they have regained some of their foothold due to the return of the Supreme Court abortion rights, has invigorated the Democratic base. Meanwhile, legislative achievements, including the passage of Biden’s flagship climate, tax and healthcare bill as well as the fallout from the Trump investigation, have also given the party momentum. Democracy.
“The MAGA is determined to bring this country back,” Biden said. Back to an America where there was no choice, no privacy, no birth control, no right to marry the one you love. “
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that 67% of Americans think the nation’s democracy is “in danger of collapsing” – up 9% from earlier this year. shows that this is an issue that resonates with many voters.
“Vote for me and prosperity, or Trump and fascism, is the clearest way to say it – that is the angle Biden Mark Rom, a political science professor at Georgetown University. “It’s not just Trump maintaining top secret documents, it’s one thing after another with Trump, that’s the whole experience of things.”
“It’s a rare bipartisan issue where Biden will try to leverage leverage to see if he can use that against him,” said Miles Coleman, of the University of Virginia’s political center. Republican Party or not. “Really focusing on democracy could be one way Democrats are trying to convince voters to stick with the devil they know.”
One risk for Biden in focusing on threats to democracy entering midterms is that it can seem distracted from puzzling issues like high prices, which Republicans are focusing relentlessly in their campaign ads.
But Democrats believe drawing sharper contrasts with Republicans has had a positive effect on their midterm prospects. According to the Realclearpolitics.com average, the Republican lead in the general congressional vote, which was 2.5 percentage points six weeks ago, has been cleared and the Democrats now have a 0.1 percentage point advantage. thin.