The Democratic president takes aim at his Republican predecessor two months before the midterm elections.

Joe Biden, in a rare direct attack on his Republican predecessor, on Thursday denounced the extremism of Donald Trump and his supporters, blaming them for shaking the foundations of American democracy from the city that was its birthplace.

In Philadelphia (east), he proclaimed, Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.

The former president and those who subscribe to his Make America Great Again ideology, do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people, the Democratic president hammered.

The White House, which had promised a “major” speech on the “soul” of America, did not skimp on the stagecraft.

Joe Biden spoke at the foot of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were adopted. Behind him, on a wall partly lit in blood red, stood the motionless silhouettes of two soldiers in full dress.

Donald Trump, in an enigmatic response, posted on his social network Truth an image of Joe Biden brandishing both fists in this striking setting, flanking it with a photo of himself kissing an American flag.

The Democrat, who had held his first presidential candidate meeting in Philadelphia, knows that the city’s home state of Pennsylvania may hold the key to the November congressional elections. And therefore to the continuation of his mandate.

The leader of the Democrats wanted to dramatize this election, traditionally unfavorable to the party that holds the White House, to make it nothing more or less than a referendum on Donald Trump and his ideas.

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Representatives of the radical right “applaud anger. They feed on chaos. They do not live in the light of truth, but in the shadow of lies,” the 79-year-old president chanted again.

Fuck Joe Biden

Joe Biden already sang during his campaign the refrain about the “battle” to be waged for “the soul of America”, but on a softer tune: that of reconciliation and calls for unity.

For a long time, this former senator, an old hand in politics, sang the virtues of cooperation with Republicans of good will.

On Thursday night, the tone changed significantly.

“Not all Republicans adhere to this extreme ideology,” he admitted, but then better shot this arrow: “There is no doubt that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump” and his supporters.

Denouncing the billionaire’s persistent and unfounded attacks on the validity of the 2024 election, Joe Biden blurted out, “You can’t love your country only when you win.

When during his speech a group of opponents gathered nearby chorused Fuck Joe Biden, he retorted, They have a right to be outraged. That’s democracy.

Not resisting the temptation of a dig, however: They’ve never been stifled by manners.

Polls

According to a survey published Thursday by the Wall Street Journal If the mid-term elections were held today, 47% of voters would vote Democratic and 44% Republican.

The right still had a five-point lead in March.

The Democrats are dreaming of a feat in this election, which renews the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate.

Opinion polls are not infallible and, in American politics, two months is an eternity.

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But the political debate has shifted since the beginning of the summer, from economic issues to abortion rights, social gains, and concerns about democracy – all of which are important issues for the Democrats.

In their initial reactions on Thursday, Republicans accused Joe Biden of stirring up divisions and tried to return to issues that were more favorable to them.

All is well with the soul of America. Americans are suffering because of your policies. Rampant inflation. Crime out of control. The rise of terrorism. The destroyed borders. Stop your preaching, responded Donald Trump loyalist Senator Lindsey Graham.