Guns, political violence… Biden unleashes his blows against Republicans

U.S. President Joe Biden, who is firmly on the campaign trail for the November congressional elections, attacked Donald Trump’s Republican loyalists across the board Tuesday during a trip to Pennsylvania, focusing on security issues.

While he says he is “committed to banning assault rifles” in the U.S., the 79-year-old Democrat criticized conservatives’ reluctance to regulate guns “because they are afraid of the NRA,” the powerful gun lobby.

“For God’s sake, what good reason is there to have guns of war outside a war zone?” he blasted during a forceful speech in the community of Wilkes-Barre, not far from his hometown of Scranton.

To make good on his promise of a federal ban, however, he would need not only to retain and consolidate his control of the Senate, but also to win the House of Representatives, a scenario that at present seems unlikely despite a surge in Democratic support in the polls.

He also criticized Republicans for not voting for increased public investment in community policing.

Blood in the Street

Joe Biden further criticized the most radical conservatives, loyal to Donald Trump, for their support of the rioters who invaded the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and for their criticism of the federal police, who are investigating the former president.

“Let me say this to my friends the ‘MAGA Republicans’ in Congress. Don’t tell me you support law enforcement if you don’t condemn what happened on Jan. 6,” said the president, who uses the phrase to refer to supporters of the former president’s “Make America Great Again” or “MAGA” ideology.

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“Whose side are you on? You can’t be for the police and you can’t be for the insurgency,” he said to an expectant audience, from which cries of “Welcome home!” rose.

“You turn on the television and you have a senator and members of the House of Representatives saying, ‘If this or that happens, there will be blood in the streets.’ Where the hell are we?” he exclaimed again.

This could have been a reference to remarks by conservative Senator Lindsay Graham, who warned that there would be “riots in the streets” if Donald Trump was prosecuted in an investigation into classified documents found in his Florida home.

While federal police say they received threats after an early August search of the residence in question, Joe Biden called the attacks on the FBI “sickening.”

“I don’t want to cut the FBI’s budget,” as some conservatives called for after the raid, the president said again.

The soul of America

He has planned two more trips in the next few days to Pennsylvania, the state where control of the Senate could be decided in the midterm elections, the “midterms” so often calamitous for the party installed in the White House.

His predecessor Donald Trump is also planning to visit the same city of Wilkes-Barre next Saturday.

The U.S. president, for his part, promised a major speech Thursday on the need to save the “soul” of America, in Philadelphia, a Pennsylvania city considered the birthplace of the United States.

The state Senate election pits Democrat John Fetterman, a bald behemoth invariably clad in a dark hoodie and shorts, former mayor of a city battered by deindustrialization, against Republican Mehmet Oz, a doctor turned TV star, endorsed by Donald Trump.

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Joe Biden had the warmest words for the Democratic candidate, who was absent on Tuesday but whom he is due to meet on Monday in Pittsburgh, during a trip in honor of Labor Day.

John “Fetterman is a hell of a guy, a powerful voice for working people. He will be a great senator,” the president said.