Blood red lights, marines in uniform and one of the darkest speeches of his presidency. Joe Biden, in a rare direct attack on his Republican predecessor, on Thursday criticized the “extremism” of Donald Trump and his supporters, accusing them of shaking the “foundations” of democracy in America, in the city that is the cradle.
In Philadelphia (east), he proclaimed: “Donald Trump and the “MAGA Republicans” represent an extremism that threatens the foundations of our Republic”. The former president, and those who subscribe to his “Make America Great Again” ideology, “don’t 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, in a speech the White House promised would be “major”.
Duel against Donald Trump will be seen in 2024
The Democrat, who held his first presidential candidate meeting in Philadelphia, also knows that the state where the city is located, Pennsylvania, may hold the key to the November legislative elections. And so the rest of his mandate.
The entire speech of the leader of the Democrats showed his desire to dramatize this election, which is traditionally not in favor of the party that holds the White House, to make it nothing more or less than a referendum on Donald Trump.
The representatives of the radical right “clap in anger. They feed the chaos. They do not live in the light of truth, but in the shadow of lies,” said the 79-year-old president, who wants to strengthen the Democratic parties. voters and convince the undecided.
“Rogue Joe Biden”
Joe Biden already sang during his campaign the prevention of the “fight” to be carried out for the “soul of America”, but in a softer tone: the reconciliation and calls for unity.
For a long time, this former senator, a political veteran, extolled the virtues of cooperation with Republicans in good faith. Nothing like a Thursday night.
“Not all Republicans follow this extreme ideology”, he certainly admits, but to better shoot this arrow after: “There is no doubt that the Republican Party is now ruled, trained and bullied by Donald Trump” and his supporters.
Criticizing the billionaire’s persistent and baseless attacks on the validity of the 2024 election, Joe Biden said: “You will not love your country if you win”.
While Donald Trump promised on Thursday to pardon if re-elected those convicted of the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the Democratic president confirmed that there is no place for political violence in the United States. a poll led to “chaos”.
When during his speech, a group of opponents gathered nearby launched the chorus “Fuck Joe Biden”, he answered: “They have the right to be angry. This is democracy. »
Democrats are dreaming of a breakthrough in November
According to a poll released Thursday at 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 began to dream of a breakthrough during the election that changed the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. Opinion polls are infallible and, in American political life, two months is an eternity.
But the political debate has shifted since the start of the summer, abandoning economic topics that come in the field of abortion rights, social gains, concerns about democracy – all promising themes for Democrats. . .
In their initial reactions Thursday, Republicans also tried to return to issues that were more favorable to them. “Everything is good for the soul of America. Americans are suffering because of your policies. Creeping inflation. Crime is out of control. Terrorism is on the rise. Borders are broken. Stop your sermons,” replied the Senator. Lindsey Graham, loyal to the followers of Donald Trump, to Joe Biden.