Philadelphia – President Biden assailed former President Trump and all his supporters as a threat to democracy during a rare primetime political speech meant to shift the focus of the midterm elections from issues facing the nation to political rhetoric.
"Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic." Biden said. "They promote authoritarian leaders," he went on. "They fanned the flames of political violence."
"MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards. Backwards 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," he said in a direct attack on the U.S. Supreme Court and Republican led states.
Biden said of Trump's supporters, "They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies."
"We must be honest with each other and with ourselves: Too much of what's happening in our country today is not normal," Biden said. "Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic."
He said the Republican Party of 2022 was partly "dominated, driven and intimidated" by Trump and his acolytes.
"The MAGA Republicans don't just threaten our personal rights and economic security, they're a threat to our very democracy," he said last week at a Democratic political rally in Maryland. "They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace political violence. They don't believe in democracy."
Prior to the address, Fox News reported, "Republicans see the ramped-up rhetoric as further evidence that the White House is not representing most Americans. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told FOX Thursday: "The problem with Joe Biden is he does not understand the soul of America."