A few weeks before the legislative elections in November, the Democratic camp begins to dream of a victory during this ballot which renews the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate.
The attack is frontal. This Thursday, United States President Joe Biden denounced the “extremism” of Donald Trump and his supporters, accusing them of shaking the “foundations” of American democracy, from the city which was its cradle.
In Philadelphia, 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 “Make America Great Again” ideology, “do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people” hammered the Democratic president .
The White House had warned, the speech would be “major” on the “soul” of America. Joe Biden, whose team did not skimp on the scenography, 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.
Donald Trump, in an enigmatic reaction, posted on his Truth social network an image of Joe Biden brandishing both fists in this striking setting, flanking it with a photo of himself kissing an American flag.
The Democrat, who had held his first meeting as a presidential candidate in Philadelphia, knows well 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 nothing more or less than a referendum on Donald Trump and his ideas.
Representatives of the radical right “applaud 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 again.
“Fuck Joe Biden”
Joe Biden had already sung during his campaign the refrain on the “battle” to be fought for “the soul of America”, but on 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 certainly admitted, but to better shoot this arrow afterwards: “There is no doubt that the Republican Party of today is dominated, trained and bullied by Donald Trump” and his supporters.
Denouncing the billionaire’s persistent and unfounded attacks on the validity of the 2024 election, Joe Biden said: “You can’t love your country only when you win”.
When during his speech, a group of opponents gathered nearby shouted “Fuck Joe Biden”, he retorted: “They have the right to be outraged. This is democracy.” By not resisting, however, the temptation of a spade: “They have never been stifled by good manners.”
A direct and rare attack, which therefore comes only a few weeks before the highly anticipated election scheduled for November 8. According to a poll published Thursday by the Wall Street Journal, if the ballot were held today, 47% of voters would vote Democrat, and 44% Republican. A reversal of the situation since the right still had a lead of 5 points in March.
Joe Biden’s party then begins 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 the right to abortion, societal achievements, concerns about democracy – all promising themes for the 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 with the soul of America. Americans are suffering because of your politics. Rampant inflation. Crime out of control. Rise of terrorism. Borders destroyed. Stop your preaching,” responded the Senator Lindsey Graham, loyal to Donald Trump.