After Joe Biden’s offensive statements, it’s Donald Trump’s turn to launch his salvos in an increasingly tense climate. The former American president responded on Saturday, September 3, to the current tenant of the White House – who had portrayed him as a threat to democracy – by treating him in turn as“enemy of the state”.
Donald Trump traveled to Wilkes-Barre, a town near Scranton, hometown of Joe Biden, to support Republican candidates in the upcoming midterm elections on November 8, including Mehmet Oz, a doctor who became a star of the small screen.
But in that state of Pennsylvania that will be key in the battle for control of both chambers, his rival had preceded him this week and attacked with rare virulenceaccusing him of representing, with “the “MAGA Republicans” [pour « Make America Great Again », rendre à l’Amérique sa grandeur] an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic”. In Philadelphia, cradle of the United States, Joe Biden had even called for saving “Soul of America”castigating those who “do not respect the Constitution”, “do not believe in the rule of law”, “do not recognize the will of the people”.
Presidential campaign accents
” It’s him [Joe Biden], enemy of the state”replied Donald Trump, denouncing “the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an American president”. “His words were only hatred and anger”he insisted, in unison with his supporters.
Thus, in the midst of red or blue placards calling for “save america”Edward Young, 63, believed that “The President of the United States, well the so-called President of the United States, has declared war on me. And he declared war on half of America”.
Denouncing inflation and a rise in insecurity, Donald Trump, who openly plans to run again in 2024, also depicted the most negative possible record of Joe Biden, in a speech that sometimes took on presidential campaign accents.
“You could take the five worst presidents in the history of the United States, and put them together, they couldn’t have done the damage that Joe Biden did to our country in less than two years”, asserted the 76-year-old Republican. The meeting began with a selection of images of Joe Biden stammering during speeches.
“A travesty of justice”
In front of his supporters, and for his first public appearance since the search by the federal police (FBI) of his residence in Mar-a-Lago in Florida, Donald Trump also affirmed that this act of investigation constituted “the starkest example of the very real threats to American freedom”, a “of the most shocking abuses of power by an administration in American history”. “The shameful raid and raid on my house in Mar-a-Lago was a travesty of justice”he insisted.
The FBI had carried out this search because it suspects the ex-president of illegally keeping confidential documents from his mandate at the White House (2017-2021). Federal investigators believe that among the 30 boxes seized are top secret documents “probably hidden” to obstruct the investigation, says a document from the Ministry of Justice. But for Donald Trump, this “flagrant abuse of the law” will produce “a backlash like no one has ever seen”.
The billionaire is also the target of investigations into his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and his role in the violent assault by his supporters on the Capitol, in Washington, on January 6, 2021. He is not for at the moment prosecuted in no case.
Donald Trump also once again questioned the result of the 2020 presidential election, which saw him lose to Joe Biden. “American elections should be decided by the American people. And it didn’t happen like that in 2020.”he said.