Joe Biden will warn on Thursday that an “extremist” faction of the Republican party loyal to former President Donald Trump poses a direct threat to American democracy.
In a prime-time speech from Philadelphia, the city where American democracy was born, Biden is expected to declare November’s midterm elections a high-stakes battle for the “soul of the nation,” reiterating a theme that his campaign for the White House. in 2020.
“We have long reassured ourselves that American democracy is guaranteed. But it’s not,” Biden said in his Independence Hall address in Philadelphia, according to excerpts of his comments released by the White House. “We must defend it. Protect it. Stand up for it. Each of us.”
The speech is part of a new aggressive line of attack that Biden has unleashed on Republicans ahead of the midterm elections as his party enjoys an enlightening political outlook aided by a string of key legislative victories and building public reaction to the decision. the Supreme Court to end the constitutional right to abortion.
“Maga forces are determined to reclaim this country,” he is expected to say. “Back to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to birth control, no right to marry those you love.”
At a recent political rally in an affluent Washington suburb, Biden accused the Republican party of embracing “semi-fascism.”
Looking ahead to Biden’s comments, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Wednesday that the president believes “Maga Republicans” pose an “extreme threat to our democracy, our freedom and our rights.”
Thursday’s primetime speech is the second of three visits by the president in less than a week to battlefield Pennsylvania, home to several consecutive races this election season.
In the U.S. Senate race, Mehmet Oz, the Trump-backed heart surgeon turned celebrity doctor, will face the state’s lieutenant governor, Democrat John Fetterman, in a contest that could determine which party runs the chamber, which is currently is evenly distributed.
Meanwhile, Democrats have warned of the risks posed by Doug Mastriano, the far-right Republican nominee for governor, a leading figure in Trump’s efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 Pennsylvania election, who helped people get to Trump’s rally in Washington on January 6. prior to the attack on the United States Capitol.
In Pennsylvania, the governor appoints the secretary of state, giving the next governor tremendous influence on how the 2024 presidential election is conducted in the state. Mastriano takes on Democrat Josh Shapiro, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania.
In a speech on Tuesday, the president slammed “Maga Republicans in Congress” about their attacks on the FBI after agents seized boxes of classified documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last month. The comments were intended to denounce Republican attacks on Democrats as “soft on crime,” with Biden touting his opponents’ rhetoric as a threat to law enforcement and the rule of law.
“The idea of turning on a television and seeing senior senators and congressmen say, ‘If this and that happens, there will be blood in the streets’?” he said in Wilkes-Barre. “Where the hell are we?”
Congressman Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the House of the Republicans and a staunch ally of Trump, held a pre-buttal to the president from Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. McCarthy accused Biden of “doing everything in his power to crush the soul of America” and demanded an apology from the president for his comments at a political rally that the Republican party has embraced “semi-fascism.”
McCarthy made no mention of the Jan. 6 attack or the widespread election denial embraced by most of his party’s supporters and many of their nominees for public office.
Rather, it was Trump on Thursday addressing the events of January 6, promising pardons and apologies to those who took part in the deadly attack on the United States Capitol if he were re-elected to the White House.
“I mean full pardon with apologies to many,” he told Wendy Bell, a conservative radio host on Thursday. “I will look very, very strongly at pardon, full pardon.”
Trump will hold a rally in Scranton on Saturday.