Seeptember 5, 2022
Speaking in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 1, President Joe Biden warned that former President Donald Trump and his allies are threatening to undermine the nation’s democracy—using a prime-time address to lay out his concerns for the country’s future when millions of Americans have questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Standing in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Biden directly condemned what he called “MAGA Republicans”—citing the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters and saying, “As I stand here tonight, equality and democracy are under assault.”
Biden sought to draw a distinction between Republicans allied with Trump and others in the party. He called people from all parties to “unite behind the single purpose of defending our democracy regardless of your ideology.”
Democrats hold narrow majorities in both the House and Senate, and Biden is seeking to turn the elections into a choice for voters between his party and that of Republicans, who have criticized his leadership and have said Democrats are trying to distract from the more central issues of inflation and economic unrest.
The speech came during one of three visits that Biden is making to Pennsylvaniain the course of a week. Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in the state for GOP candidates Saturday.
Responding after the speech, Trump posted the following message on Truth Social: “Someone should explain to Joe Biden, slowly but passionately, that MAGA means, as powerfully as mere words can get, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! If he doesn’t want to Make America Great Again, which through words, action, and thought, he doesn’t, then he certainly should not be representing the United States of America!”
Research contact: @WSJ