Joe Biden will continue his attacks on “extreme MAGA Republicans” Thursday night in a prime-time speech focusing on threats to democracy — the issue he says prompted him to run for president.
The White House argues the speech is not political but about defending democracy at a time when it is in jeopardy.
“It’s not a political speech,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday. “This is another opportunity for the President to speak directly to the American people.”
The President will use his remarks to directly target the Republican Party, and in particular supporters of former President Donald Trump, who portray Biden as extremists intent on stripping Americans of their rights.
And in his speech, Biden will frame November’s congressional election, as Democrats seek to retain control of Congress, as part of an ongoing battle for the “soul of the nation.”
With the election 10 weeks away, Jean-Pierre indicated the vote is close to the President’s heart.
He will speak about the importance of commitment. He’s going to talk about turnout,” she said.
But the speech is not aimed specifically at Trump but at his supporters who have accepted his lie that they won the 2020 election.
“It’s so much broader, so much bigger than any single party. than any other person and it’s again an upbeat speech about where we are as a nation, where we can go,” said Jean-Pierre.
Biden will use historical background to get his point across: he will be speaking outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the site where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated and adopted by America’s Founding Fathers.
Jean-Pierre said, “The MAGA Republicans are the most energetic part of the Republican Party.”
“They just don’t respect the rule of law,” she said of the “MAGA Republicans” at her press conference on Wednesday. “And they are pursuing an agenda that deprives people of their rights.”
Democrats are taking advantage of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that ruled Roe v. Wade to mobilize her supporters to vote in November.
It’s unclear that Biden will mention Trump by name when he speaks, but Jean-Pierre said, “The President won’t be shy about calling out what he clearly sees in this country.”
President Joe Biden will continue his attacks on “extreme MAGA Republicans” Thursday night in a prime-time speech focusing on the threat to democracy
Donald Trump remains a force to be reckoned with in the Republican Party. The former president will hold a campaign rally for GOP candidates Saturday night in Pennsylvania
The former president remains a force to be reckoned with in the Republican Party, increasing his influence in primaries across the country where his MAGA supporters can make or break a candidate.
Trump’s record in those races has been mixed — he defeated his top target, Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming, in her August primary, but other Republicans who voted to impeach him have won primaries.
And now there are concerns from some in the GOP leadership who fear the federal investigation into whether Trump took classified documents from the White House will affect them at the ballot box in November.
But Trump still has his defenders.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a close Trump ally, announced he would speak Thursday afternoon in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to forestall Biden’s comments.
And Republican national leader Ronna McDaniel said Biden’s “agenda has pitted neighbors against each other, rewarded the rich, penalized working families, and trampled on Americans’ rights and freedoms.” Joe Biden is the chief divider and embodies the current state of the Democratic Party: one of division, disgust and hostility towards half the country.
Trump will be in Pennsylvania on Saturday when he holds a campaign rally for the Senate and the state’s gubernatorial nominees in Wilkes-Barre.
Meanwhile, Democrat hopes for the midterms are rising. A new Wall Street Journal poll Thursday showed that the party has gained independent voters and Americans have an improved view of President Biden, whose approval rating has surged upwards in recent weeks.
Biden has targeted Trump supporters while campaigning for Democrats.
The president accused Trump and “extreme” Republicans of “semi-fascism” at a fundraiser for Democrats in August.
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden said in front of about 100 wealthy donors. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the whole philosophy that underpins — I’ll say something — it’s like semi-fascism.”
Biden said Trump and MAGA Republicans would “destroy America.”
Biden began his 2020 presidential campaign in Philadelphia with a speech in May 2019.
And he said he was inspired to run for president after the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters left three dead and dozens injured.
He maintained his “soul of democracy” argument throughout the last election campaign and into his early years in the presidency.
On the first anniversary of the January 6 riot on the Capitol, Biden said the country was in a battle for its soul.
“I have said it many times, and it is no truer or more real than when we think of the events of January 6th: We are in a battle for the soul of America. A fight we will win by the grace of God and the goodness and goodness – and greatness of this nation,” Biden said in a speech at the Capitol.
President Biden will address Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the site where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated and adopted by America’s Founding Fathers
Joe Biden, along with Jill Biden, launched his 2020 presidential campaign at a May 2019 rally in Philadelphia
Thursday night’s speech in Philadelphia will be Biden’s third in the battleground state of Pennsylvania in a week.
Biden was in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Tuesday to speak about law enforcement support.
And on Monday, the president will campaign alongside Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman at the Pittsburgh Labor Day parade.
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