President Joe Biden called on Americans to take seriously the threat election deniers pose to democracy in a primetime address to the nation on Thursday, honing in on his message against “extremist” Republicans ahead of the November election.
The President spoke outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, drawing on the gathering place of the nation’s Founding Fathers to make the upcoming midterm elections a referendum on democracy itself.
“For a long time, we have reassured ourselves that American democracy is guaranteed. But it’s not. We have to defend it. Protect him. Defend yourself. Each of us,” Biden said.
“The Republicans of MAGA do not respect the Constitution. They don’t believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people, refuse to accept the results of a free election,” he warned.
Biden and his team have stepped up their attacks on the GOP in recent days, calling out “MAGA Republicans” for attacking law enforcement and backing efforts to overturn election results, which the president called “semi -fascism”. That last comment infuriated Republicans, who called for an apology.
The president said Thursday that he does not believe all Republicans subscribe to this ideology, but that “mainstream” Republicans are nevertheless “dominated and intimidated” by the extreme wing of the party that supports Donald Trump.
Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Biden also sought to draw a clear contrast to Republicans who oppose abortion rights and highlight measures Democrats have passed in Congress like the COVID-19 aid, police funding, prescription drug reform, and green energy investments. . He continued on this theme on Thursday.
“The forces of MAGA are determined to take this country back – back to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to ‘marry who you love,’ Biden said.
Biden is ramping up his travel program to support Democratic candidates in battleground states. But some Democrats in competitive races are reluctant to appear with the president on the campaign trail, likely due to his lagging approval rating.
Republicans, meanwhile, are desperately trying to keep economic issues at the forefront of voters’ minds and avoid talking about Trump and his failed efforts to void the 2020 presidential election, which led to the election. bloody January 6 uprising at the US Capitol. Trump’s hoarding of classified documents and the FBI’s search of his Florida estate, however, made headlines, marring those efforts.
On Thursday, Trump said he would grant a full pardon and government apology to those accused of the Capitol riot. He also claimed that he offered financial assistance to some defendants.
In a prelude to Biden’s speech, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California), who will become House speaker if the GOP wins the chamber in November, argued the president should focus on kitchen table issues instead. . McCarthy also called on Biden to apologize for “slandering tens of millions of Americans by calling them ‘fascists’.”
“Over the past two years, Joe Biden has launched an assault on the soul of America, on its people, on the laws, on its most sacred values. He has launched an assault on our democracy,” said McCarthy in the president’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, a city in a competitive district that Republicans hope to overthrow in November.
McCarthy voted to void the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021, despite no evidence of widespread fraud. After the Capitol attack, McCarthy said Trump was responsible for the riot and even told associates he planned to urge Trump to resign. But he quickly changed his mind and reconnected with the former president, whose support he will need if he ever wants to become a speaker.
Republicans are still expected to win a majority in the House next year, but Democrats are gaining ground after a series of legislative victories in Congress. The Supreme Court’s decision striking down federal abortion rights in June energized Democratic voters, helping them win several special House elections this year, most recently in Alaska and upstate New York. . The party hopes this trend will continue in November.
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