Joe Biden attacks Donald Trump’s “extremism” in a speech of rare virulence

Joe Biden attacks Donald Trump's "extremism" in a speech of rare virulence
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on what he calls the
Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on what he calls the ‘continued battle for the Soul of the Nation’ in front of Independence Hall at Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, US, September 1, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst – RC2O8W9A71C5

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US President Joe Biden gave a very strong speech against Donald Trump and his supporters on September 1, 2022.

UNITED STATES – Joe Biden launches his offensive on the eve of the midterm elections. the american presidentin a rare direct attack on his Republican predecessor, denounced Thursday, September 1 the“extremism” of donald trump and his supporters, two months before the midterms which will take place on November 8th.

To Philadelphiathe cradle of American democracy, he proclaimed: “Donald Trump and the ‘MAGA Republicans’ represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic”. The former president and those who subscribe to his ideology “Make America Great Again”, “do not respect the Constitution. They don’t believe in the rule of law. They don’t recognize the will of the people.” hammered the Democratic president.

The White Housewho had promised a speech ” major “ on the” soul “ of America, did not skimp on the scenography. Joe Biden spoke at the foot of “Independence Hall”, where the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution were adopted. Behind him, on a wall partly lit in blood red, stood the motionless silhouettes of two soldiers in full dress.

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Donald Trump, in an enigmatic reaction, published on his truth social network an image of Joe Biden brandishing both fists in this striking backdrop, flanking it with a photo of himself kissing an American flag.

The Democrat, who held his first presidential candidate meeting in Philadelphia, knows that the state where the city is located, Pennsylvania, may hold the key to the November legislative elections. And therefore the rest of his mandate.

The leader of the Democrats wanted to dramatize this election, traditionally unfavorable to the party that holds the White House, to make it neither more nor less than a referendum on Donald Trump and his ideas, and rally all the moderates behind the Democrats.

Representatives of the radical right “applaud the anger. They feed on chaos. They do not live in the light of truth, but in the shadow of lies.”chanted the 79-year-old president.

“Fuck Joe Biden”

Joe Biden had already sung during his campaign the refrain on the ” battle “ to carry out for “Soul of America”, but to a softer tune: that of reconciliation and calls for unity. For a long time, this former senator, a veteran of politics, sang of the virtues of cooperation with Republicans of good will. Thursday evening, the tone changed markedly.

“Not all Republicans adhere to this extreme ideology”, he admittedly admitted. To better uncheck this arrow: “There is no doubt that the Republican Party of today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump” and his supporters.

Denouncing the persistent and unfounded attacks of the billionaire against the validity of the 2020 electionJoe Biden said: “You can’t love your country only when you win”. “You can’t be pro-insurgency and pro-democracy”, he also pointed out. He had already used this expression which should come up more and more often during the coming weeks of the campaign.

When during his speech, a group of opponents gathered nearby launched in chorus “Fuck Joe Biden”he retorted: “They have the right to be indignant. It is democracy. » However, by not resisting the temptation of a spade: “They were never stifled by good manners. »

Republican favorite Trump for 2024

The President also took advantage of this speech to recall recent legislative progress, such as partial forgiveness of student debtto highlight its hitherto meager balance sheet.

According to a poll released Thursday by the wall street journal, if the midterm legislative elections were held today, 47% of voters would vote Democrat, and 44% Republican. The right still had a 5-point lead in March. The Democrats begin to dream of a feat during this election which renews the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate.

Opinion polls are not infallible and, in American political life, two months is an eternity. But the political debate has shifted since the beginning of the summer, abandoning economic subjects to come to the field of right to abortionsocietal achievements, concerns about democracy – so many promising themes for democrats.

In their first reactions Thursday, Republicans accused Joe Biden of stoking divisions and tried to return to issues that are more favorable to them. “All is well for the soul of America. Americans are suffering because of your policy. Creeping inflation. Crime out of control. The rise of terrorism. Borders destroyed. Stop your sermons »reacted Senator Lindsey Graham, loyal to Donald Trump.

What about 2024? Two years before the presidential election, Donald Trump has not yet officially announced his candidacy but makes clear reference to it in his speeches. A USA Today/Ipsos Survey published Sunday August 28, 6 out of 10 Republicans want the former US president to represent the party.

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