American President Joe Biden said that “equality and democracy are under attack in the United States” and warned his countrymen that his predecessor Donald Trump and his supporters are an extremist threat to the nation and its future, the Associated Press reported.
This is an attempt by Biden to put a new light on the elections in November as part of a battle for the soul of the nation, which, in his words, is “the work of my presidency”, notes the AP.
Biden used a prime-time speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia to argue that Trump and his allies, united by the slogan “Make America Great Again,” are a challenge to the system of government, to the country’s reputation abroad and the way of life of its citizens.
“Donald Trump and the MAGA (Make America Great Again) Republicans who support him represent extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” Biden said. He said they were “determined to take this country backwards”, “encouraging totalitarian leaders and fanning the flames of political violence”.
Biden’s apparent effort to marginalize Trump and his supporters marks a sharp reversal in line for the president, who in his inaugural speech preached his desire for national unity. White House officials said the speech reflected Biden’s growing concern with the ideological propositions of Trump’s allies and his adamant denial of the 2020 election results.
“The forces of MAGA are determined to take this country back, Biden said. Back to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry the one you love. Now America must choose whether to go forward or go back,” the president said, urging citizens to “vote, vote, vote” to protect their democracy. “For a long time we were convinced that American democracy was guaranteed, but it is not,” Biden emphasized.
In the first year of his presidency, Biden has largely avoided mentioning Trump by name, but he has now begun to make distinct references to his predecessor. Now, emboldened by his party’s recent legislative victories and worried about the prospect of Trump returning to the headlines, Biden has stepped up his attacks and last week likened MAGA’s philosophy to “semi-fascism.”
In a preemptive rebuttal from Scranton last night, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy accused Biden of trying to divide Americans and blasted what Democrats have accomplished in Washington, citing rising inflation, crime and government spending.
“Over the last two years, Joe Biden has launched an assault on the soul of America, on its people, on its laws, on its most sacred values,” McCarthy said. “He has launched an assault on our democracy. His policies have severely wounded the soul of America, weakened the spirit of America and betrayed the trust of America.”