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

Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS US President Joe Biden declares what he calls the ‘continuing 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 powerful speech against Donald Trump and his supporters on September 1, 2022.

UNITED STATES – Joe Biden launched his offensive on the eve of the midterm elections. The American president, in a rare direct attack on his Republican predecessor, criticized Thursday, September 1 the“extremism” of Donald Trump and his supporters, two months before the midterms that will take place on November 8.

In Philadelphia, the cradle of American democracy, 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 ideology “Make America Great Again”, “Don’t respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not know the will of the people.” hammered the Democratic president.

The White House, which promises a speech “mayor” on“soul” in America, did not slow down on the scene. 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 partially lit with blood red, stood the motionless silhouettes of two soldiers in full dress.

Pennsylvania, key state for midterm elections?

Donald Trump, in an enigmatic reaction, posted on his Truth social network an image of Joe Biden waving two fists in this strange situation, placing 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 in the November legislative elections. And so the rest of his mandate.

The leader of the Democrats wants to dramatize this election, which is traditionally not in favor of the party that holds the White House, making it nothing more or less a referendum on Donald Trump and his ideas , and rallying all moderates behind the Democrats.

Representatives of the radical right “Applause the anger. They feed the chaos. They do not live in the light of truth, but in the shadow of falsehood”shouted the 79-year-old president.

“Rogue Joe Biden”

Joe Biden has sung during his campaign the prevention of “fight” to fulfill for “Soul of America”, but in a softer tone: that of reconciliation and calling for unity. For a long time, this former senator, a political veteran, extolled the virtues of cooperation with Republicans in good faith. Thursday night, the tone changed dramatically.

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

Criticizing the billionaire’s continued and baseless attacks on the validity of the 2020 election, Joe Biden said: “You can’t love your country if you win”. “You cannot be pro-insurgency and pro-democracy”, he also pointed out. He has already used this expression which should appear frequently in the coming weeks of the campaign.

When during his speech, a group of opponents gathered nearby launched the chorus “Rogue Joe Biden”he replied: “They have a right to be angry. This is democracy. » However, by not resisting the temptation of a shovel: “They were never held back by good manners. »

Republican favorite Trump for 2024

The president also took advantage of this speech to recall recent legislative progress, such as the partial cancellation of student loans, to highlight his so far very small balance.

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 changed since the beginning of the summer, leaving economic topics that come in the field of abortion rights, social achievements, concerns about democracy – all promising themes for Democrats. .

In their initial reactions on Thursday, Republicans accused Joe Biden of stoking divisions and trying to turn issues in their favor. “Everything is good for the soul of America. Americans are suffering because of your policy. Creeping inflation. Crime is out of control. The rise of terrorism. The borders are broken. Stop your sermons »reaction of Senator Lindsey Graham, loyal to Donald Trump.

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

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