Biden targets ‘extremist’ Trump allies as democratic threat in fraught political moment


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PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 1 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden accused Donald Trump’s Republican allies of undermining the country’s democracy and urged voters on Thursday to reject extremism ahead of the US midterm elections. November.

Biden accused lawmakers and others committed to the Make America Great Again (MAGA) agenda led by former US President Trump as willing to overthrow democratic elections, ignore the Constitution and “determined to bring this country backwards” to a time without the right to abortion, privacy, contraception or same-sex marriage.

“Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the foundations of our republic,” Biden said. “As I stand here tonight, equality and democracy are under attack. We are not doing ourselves any favors to claim otherwise.”

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The prime-time speech in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American democracy, marked a sharp turn for Biden as the midterm congressional elections approach.

Aid workers say the president is increasingly concerned about anti-democratic trends in the Republican Party, and sees the need to jump into this year’s election campaign and review the stakes of his own re-election bid for 2024.

After spending much of 2022 fighting high inflation domestically and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and following two bouts of COVID-19 over the summer, Biden has repeatedly lashed out at Trump-aligned Republicans in recent days. read more

His comments on Thursday, denouncing political violence and urging a bipartisan compromise, came after speeches over the past few days condemning the MAGA philosophy as “semi-fascism” and Republican threats against the FBI after a raid. at Trump’s Florida home as “sickening.”

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday accused Biden of ignoring crime and inflation in order to criticize his fellow citizens.

“Rather than trying to bring our country together to solve these challenges, President Biden has chosen to divide, humiliate and discredit his fellow Americans,” McCarthy said in Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. ‘Why? Simply because they don’t agree with his policy.’

A Democratic fundraiser said donors will be closely monitoring Biden’s performance in the coming months to determine whether they want to support him in a 2024 presidential run.

Some have already decided that Biden, 79, must step aside to make way for new leadership, while others want to see if he can effectively lead the party.

“If we can pull it off and keep the Senate, there will be enough votes that say he deserved it and pave the way for reelection,” a senior Democratic official said. “If we don’t, the overwhelming sentiment will be, ‘Pass the torch’.”


Biden spoke in Philadelphia from behind bulletproof glass and within earshot of the chanting of Trump-supporting protesters. He made his remarks at a location intended to signal the historical significance of his appeal, near Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were passed.

Some historians and legal scholars have put the stakes in stronger terms than Biden’s political future, saying that free elections and a commitment to the rule of law are at stake.

They say losing Congress would not only make Biden a slack president, but would also transfer control of the certification of the results of the next presidential election to Trump sympathizers, some of whom never accepted Biden’s 2020 victory. and who have committed to review the voting systems.

Alluding to the concerns, Biden said: “I will not stand by as elections in this country are stolen by people who simply refuse to accept that they have lost.”

The speech echoed Biden’s signature 2020 campaign promise to restore the “soul of the nation” and, by implication, purify the values ​​associated with Trump. In the nearly two years since Biden was elected, Republican voters have mostly supported candidates aligned with the former president; more than half say they believe Trump rightly won the election.

Faced with threats after Trump’s loss, one in five election officials polled this year said they might quit before the next presidential election. read more

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Reporting by Steve Holland in Philadelphia and Trevor Hunnicutt and Jarrett Renshaw in Washington Additional reporting by Jeff Mason and Tyler Clifford in Washington Editing by Heather Timmons, Jonathan Oatis and Matthew Lewis

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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