Biden to deliver prime-time address on democracy Thursday



President Biden will deliver a prime-time speech Thursday about America’s struggle for democracy and “the ongoing struggle for the soul of the nation,” a White House official said Monday, a speech likely to add to his growing rhetorical emphasis on anti-democratic policies. forces he sees as conquering much of the Republican Party.

At Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park, the president is expected to highlight the achievements of his administration and argue that the country’s democratic values ​​will be at stake in the midterm elections.

“He will talk about the progress we have made as a nation to protect our democracy, but how our rights and freedoms continue to be attacked,” the official said. “He will make clear who is fighting for those rights, for those freedoms and for our democracy.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity to get a taste of the content of the speech.

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Biden has in recent days adopted a midterm election message containing fervent denunciations of what he calls authoritarian tensions in the Republican Party, most notably during a speech last Thursday in which he said many in the GOP had turned to “semi- fascism’. He added that the “MAGA Republicans,” as he called them, “embrace political violence. They don’t believe in America.”

While Biden has touched upon such topics before, the speech’s heartfelt nature was a change from one that had more often highlighted his legislative achievements.

Thursday’s speech is not being billed as a political event, and given its nature as a prime-time presidential speech, Biden can avoid some of his sharper condemnations.

The need to restore America’s basic values, including democracy and the rule of law, has been a theme of Biden’s presidency from the outset. He has cited it as the reason he decided to run in 2020, describing his horror at the white supremacists march in Charlottesville in 2017, and President Donald Trump’s comment afterward that there are “very fine people on both sides.” goods.

Biden has sometimes suggested that a central way to counter anti-democratic forces is to show that democracy and governance can work. That led some Democrats to complain that he was reluctant to forcefully denounce Trump and other Republicans who falsely claimed the last election was rigged and may have laid the groundwork for challenging future legitimate elections.

But now Biden appears to be trying to fuse the two messages — saying “MAGA Republicans” are trying to destroy democracy, and Democrats and traditional Republicans are getting things done.

Biden has made few prime-time speeches during his presidency, often preferring to make less formal remarks at less prominent times. In giving Thursday’s speech at Independence Park, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were discussed and signed, Biden continues his pattern of using symbolic backgrounds when he wants to make a broader statement.

During the campaign, for example, Biden spoke in Gettysburg, using the historic Civil War battlefield to lament “the costs of division” and say, “We must come together as a nation.” He also spoke in Warm Springs, Georgia, whose therapeutic waters were a frequent destination for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. And last year, Biden visited Tulsa to commemorate the racial assaults that killed as many as 300 black Americans a century earlier.

Biden has also used speeches throughout his career as a way to mark key moments. most sacred site devoted to democracy.

Philadelphia was a favorite location for Biden, not far from his childhood home in Scranton or his current home in Delaware. He announced his 2020 presidential bid in the city, noting how important it is to be in the birthplace of American democracy. His campaign headquarters was there, and he returned to Philadelphia shortly before the election.

Biden visited the city again last year to comment on the importance of protecting voting rights.

Matt Viser contributed to this report.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
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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