President Joe Biden warned that former President Donald Trump and Republicans aligned with him are “a threat to this country.”
During his primetime speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Biden repeatedly called his predecessor and the “MAGA Republicans” that support him a danger to society.
Biden acknowledged that “Not every Republican, not even a majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans. Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology.”
He then asserted “that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans. And that is a threat to this country.”
Biden also blamed Trump and his supporters for spreading conspiracy theories, doubts about the elections, and mistrust of law enforcement.
The President also described those aligned with Trump as a threat to longstanding freedoms and rights related to contraception, abortion, and privacy, accusing them of taking the country “backward.”
Biden expressed his belief that the country is “at an inflection point,” describing it as “moments that determine the shape of everything that’s to come after.”
The President then called for Americans to fight for democracy “in 2022 and beyond.”
Prior to the rally-style speech, the White House was adamant Biden’s Thursday speech wouldn’t be political. Yet, during his speech, Biden took several jabs at Trump and Republicans. Toward the end of his speech, Biden also touted his policy wins, contrasting his vision for the country with the GOP’s vision.
Biden rounded his speech by calling Americans to go out and “vote, vote, vote.”