Joe Biden, who often refers to “the former guy” and his “predecessor” in vague terms, for the first time, specifically denounced Donald Trump throughout a speech he delivered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on 2 September 2022.
Biden spoke out against Trump and the Make America Great Again (MAGA) Republicans, asserting that “not every Republican” is an extremist.
Biden during his speech said: “But there’s no question that Donald Trump and the ‘MAGA’ Republicans dominate, drive, and intimidate the Republican party today, and that is a threat to this country.”
Biden positioned himself in line with the nation’s foundational principles while portraying Trump and extremist Republicans as an imminent threat to the country. “I speak to you tonight from sacred ground,” he said in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the US constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. Back lit in red, white and blue, the President stood on a podium, and during the event, a Marine band played on and off anthems from the 1800s which added to the display of patriotism.
The President’s speech had the feel of a campaign speech promoting Democratic policy goals and pleading with Americans to “vote, vote, vote.”
Biden sternly warned Trump and other Republicans who have questioned the validity of the 2020 election and have promised to do the same in the midterms, condemning their actions, as the danger of election skeptics remains huge.
In fact, a recent survey revealed that one in five local election officials this year indicated they may resign before the next presidential election after receiving threats in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
Biden urged Americans to stand with him in opposing election fraud and the restriction of voting rights that is being systematically pursued by the Republican party in states controlled by the party. He made reference to the January 6 uprising and attack on the Capitol when he declared, “We can’t let the integrity of our elections be challenged, and we can’t allow violence to be normalised in our nation.”
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America’s problem with violence has become very prevalent and polls show that the nation is still in disarray. More than two-fifths of Americans think civil war is at least somewhat likely to occur within the next ten years. Among self-described “strong Republicans,” this percentage rises to more than half according to a study by YouGov and the Economist.
Despite addressing many issues Biden might have missed an opportunity to emphasise the public’s fury about the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the constitutional right to abortion.
Abortion rights supporters have voiced dissatisfaction with Biden and other Democrats for not speaking out more loudly and explicitly about the topic, which energised Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.
It was 100% clear that President Biden was addressing the violent extremists in his speech. If you felt that was divisive, then he was talking about YOU.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant!☮️ (@mmpadellan) September 2, 2022
The president did make the claim that “MAGA Republicans” seek to push America “back to a time where there is no right to choose. A time without rights to privacy, contraception or same-sex marriage.” However, he missed an opportunity to emphasise the problem as a crucial example of rights that were at risk.
Whether this speech marks a real turning point in the politics of America before the upcoming midterms set for November 8 and will be followed by more in the same vein remains to be seen.
But it is sufficiently different from Biden’s usual conciliatory tones that are his political trademark to make observers stop and take notice. Biden, of course, is famous for his ability in the past to bring opposing parties together in Congress though this doesn’t seem to have worked as well since he is President. And it would appear that now he has taken stock of his recent failure to achieve bi-partisan solutions and decided to follow down the well-trodden path of divisiveness that has become a hallmark of American politics since Trump came on the scene.
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