US NEWS: Biden is facing extremism at a dangerous time for the presidency, the country

WASHINGTON, Sept 1 – U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to step up his attacks on politicians associated with Donald Trump and call on Americans to stand up against extremism at the ballot box in a prime-time speech in Philadelphia on Thursday.

The speech is part of a sharp turnaround for Biden as the Nov. 8 midterm elections approach, reflecting the president’s growing sense of urgency about anti-democratic trends in the opposition party and his need to fend off a Republican surge in the opposition party. in the midterms and rebuild support ahead of a re-election bid in 2024, advisers say.

After devoting much of his energy in 2022 to high inflation at home and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and suffering two bouts of COVID-19 over the summer, Biden has sharply attacked Republicans with Trump in recent days. It’s part of a do-or-die campaign to keep Democratic control of Congress and control her own political future.

At a fundraiser last week in Maryland, Biden described the “extreme philosophy of MAGA” — representing Trump’s Make America Great Again movement — as “almost like semi-fascism.” On Tuesday, during the first of three visits this week to the political battleground in Pennsylvania, Biden attacked the FBI’s threats as “disgusting” after a search of Trump’s Florida home and mocked Republican members of Congress who refused to condemn the Jan. 6 attacks. He did not mention Trump by name.

In Philadelphia, Biden will “talk about how the core values ​​of this nation are at stake — our standing in the world, our democracy,” said a White House official who declined to be named when he delivered the speech.

“It will make it clear who is fighting for these rights, fighting for these freedoms, and fighting for our democracy,” a White House official said.

Before the speech, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Biden of ignoring crime and inflation “to disparage hard-working Americans.” She will speak in Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania before the president’s address.

A Democratic fundraiser said donors are watching the next few months closely to gauge whether they will back Biden for president in 2024. Some have already decided Biden should step down to make way for new leadership, but others want to see if he can move with a needle.

“These next few months are critical,” said a senior Democratic official. “If we can do that and keep the Senate, then there will be enough voices to say he deserved it and pave the way for re-election. If we don’t, the overwhelming sentiment will pass.”

FREE ELECTIONS IN DANGER?
Biden will deliver remarks at a site steeped in history, just steps from where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were ratified.

Historians, legal scholars, and some elected officials have staked much more stringent terms than Biden’s political future, raising the prospect of the country’s free elections and commitment to the rule of law.

They say a loss in Congress would not only make Biden a lame-duck president but could hand control of certifying the results of the next presidential election to Trump supporters, some of whom have never accepted a Biden victory in 2020 and who have pledged to overhaul local voting systems.

Biden ran for president in order to restore the “soul of the nation” and thereby purify the values ​​associated with Trump. Instead, Republican voters overwhelmingly supported candidates aligned with the former president, and more than half say they believe he won the election rightfully.

Faced with threats after Trump’s loss, one in five poll workers surveyed this year said they might leave before the next presidential election.

TRUMP AS UNIFIER – FOR DEMOCRATS
Without Trump’s constant presence, many top Democrats feel they are missing the message that united the geographically dispersed and racially diverse coalition of voters that elected Biden in 2020.

Support for Biden among all of these key groups has fallen since his inauguration in 2021, with the president’s overall public approval rating falling near his term low to 38%, in a /Ipsos poll completed on Tuesday.

Those voters are increasingly concerned about the state of the country, fueled by Jan. 6, 2021, hearings at the Capitol and the ongoing criminal investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents that led to threats of violence directed at FBI agents searching the former president’s home. -a-Lago home.

In focus groups run by Democrats, those concerns vied with inflation and the economy as the top concerns of many voters, according to two people who have conducted such research for Democrats.

Some of those people have expressed disappointment that Biden hasn’t done more to address those concerns, giving Democrats more confidence that the White House’s anti-extremism message will resonate.

A person working with the Democratic Senate PAC, who declined to be named, said they were concerned the White House would put Biden too much in the spotlight in the coming weeks. “We need this to be a referendum on extremism, not Joe Biden,” the Democrat said.

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