The president of the United States, Joe Biden, put the defense of democracy at the center of his campaign for re-election in 2024 with a speech in which he warned about the danger that the return to power of former president Donald Trump include, in anticipation of a new confrontation in the polls.
Biden gave a speech in Tempe (Arizona), where he also paid tribute to the Republican senator from that state, John McCain, who died in 2018 and who was the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, as well as a person that the president continues. a close relationship, friendship despite their political differences.
The president warned that the United States is at a turning point and faces a “dangerous” situation.
“There is no doubt that the Republican Party is now led and terrorized by extremists. “These extremists are undermining the institutions of American democracy,” he warned before a rapt audience.
Biden specifically attacked “MAGA extremists,” referring to Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” and an expression he often uses to refer to the hardline wing of the Republican Party. agreed with the former president.
In the speech there were also more direct references to Trump, whom he never mentioned by name, but whom he criticized for his role in the attack on the Capitol in January 2021, when his followers entered the headquarters of Congress to prevent the ratification of the results of the 2020 elections.
This event, in which five people lost their lives, represents the greatest threat to date to American democracy.
“Democracy means rejecting political violence regardless of party. Such violence will never, ever, never be accepted in the United States. It is not democratic. It will never be normalized to gain political power.” Democracy means respecting the institutions that govern society,” he said.
Finally, and especially strongly, Biden called on voters, Democrats, Republicans or Independents, to put their “country” first and defend the values of the United States and its Constitution against “MAGA extremists.” “.
The speech went smoothly, although there was an isolated incident earlier when an audience member interrupted Biden and began protesting his policies to combat climate change.
“Well, if you calm down, I’ll see you after this,” Biden replied to the protester, jokingly adding that, of course, democracy has its challenges, as he himself has shown.
According to the White House, this is the fourth speech in defense of democracy given by Biden since assuming the presidency in January 2021.
This comes after the second debate between the candidates for the nomination of the Republican Party for the 2024 presidential election, where the candidates often interrupted each other and made some concrete proposals to distinguish themselves from the favorite, Donald Trump.
Trump, who is the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, decided to be absent from the second debate, as he had done in the first.
Instead of attending the debate, he gave a speech to auto workers in Detroit in which he criticized Biden’s push for electric cars.