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Biden warns Trump’s extreme MAGA Republicans are a ‘danger’ to U.S. democracy

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In a fiery primetime speech, President Joe Biden launched an all-out assault on former President Donald Trump and “MAGA Republicans,” saying they “pose a transparent and present danger” to American democracy.

“It’s in our hands, yours and mine, to stop the assault on American democracy,” Biden said Thursday from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, urging Americans to reject fear and violence. “I feel America is at an inflection point, one in all those moments that determine the form of the whole lot that is to come back after.”

Biden’s call for Americans to face for democracy over extremists is similar message he ran and won on within the 2020 presidential election. The White House’s hope is that it is going to remain a winning strategy two months out from the midterm elections which can resolve who controls the House of Representatives and Senate. The trip marks his second visit to the critical swing state in three days.

“For a very long time, we have reassured ourselves that American democracy is guaranteed. But it surely just isn’t,” Biden said. “We’ve got to defend it. Protect it. Arise for it. Every one in all us. That is why tonight I’m asking our nation to come back together and unite behind the one purpose of defending our democracy no matter your ideology.”

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on what he calls the “continued battle for the Soul of the Nation” in front of Independence Hall at Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, September 1, 2022.

Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

Democrats’ odds of keeping their majority in each chambers have brightened in recent weeks despite the mixed economic signals, as Republicans proceed to receive blowback from the Supreme Court’s abortion decision overturning Roe v. Wade and investigations into Trump persist. An NBC News poll released last week found a majority of American voters, 58%, disapprove of the Dobbs decision and nearly the identical amount, 57%, imagine the investigations into Trump should proceed.

 “MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards,” Biden said. “Backwards to an America where there is no such thing as a right to decide on, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you’re keen on.”

Since Trump entered office, Biden has said the country faces “a battle for the soul of the nation.” The importance of the threat to democracy is underscored by Biden’s alternative of venue: Independence National Historic Park where the Structure was penned. The identical NBC News poll found that “threats to democracy” has overtaken the associated fee of living as essentially the most pressing issue on voters’ minds.

Biden has amped up his criticism of Republicans recently, in search of to position Democrats as a substitute for a celebration led by extremists. Last week he referred to Republicans as “semi-fascist” for staying loyal to the previous president. His remarks come against the backdrop of Trump’s legal woes following the FBI raid on his Florida home of Mar-A-Lago where the previous president is accused of mishandling classified information.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on what he calls the “continued battle for the Soul of the Nation” in front of Independence Hall at Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, September 1, 2022.

Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

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