President Biden railed against Trump-aligned Republicans, Rockville, Maryland, late Thursday in his first political rally speech ahead of the November election. midterm election.
Why it’s important: Biden comments that “MAGA Republican Party” are “threats” to democracy and other criticisms of former President Trump and the “Make America Great Again” movement are some of the sharpest.
Notes: Biden’s comments at a donor event for Democrats the night before that “it’s not just Trump, it’s the whole philosophy that underpins – I would say something – it’s like semi-fascism” arouse anger of some Republicans.
- Republican National Committee spokesman Nathan Brand di a statement to news outlets calling Biden’s comments “despicable.”
What did he say: “It MAGA Republican Party don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security.” Biden said. “They are a threat to our democracy. They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace … political violence. They don’t believe in democracy.
- “This is why at this moment, those of you who love this country – Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans – we need to be stronger,” he added.
- Biden also told a cheering crowd that in 2020, “you and 81 million Americans voted to save our democracy” – and “that’s why Donald Trump isn’t just a former president, he’s a defeated former president.”
Big Image: During his speech, Biden caught on to the key differences between Republicans and Democrats ahead of half-time.
- “I want to be crystal clear about what’s on the ballot this year,” Biden said.
- “Your right to vote is on the ballot this year. The Social Security you paid for since you got your job is on the ballot. The safety of our children from gun violence is on the ballot.”
- Overcome the push by some conservatives to a national abortion banBiden said: “MAGA Republicans have no clue about women’s power. Let me tell you something: They’ll find out soon enough.”
Meanwhile, Biden makes the case for Democratic policies for tackle climate changeby saying: “This is not hyperbole — the survival of our planet is at the ballot.”
- Democratic strategists laud the Supreme Court’s conservative majority decision for reverse Roe v Wade as a driving force for disillusioned Democrats to show up in the midterms—though the overall picture looks bleak, Josh Kraushaar from Axios write.
The other side: “Biden forced Americans out of their jobs, transferred money from working families to Harvard lawyers, and sent our country into recession while families couldn’t afford gas and groceries,” Brand said in a statement.
- “Democrats don’t care about the plight of Americans – they never do.”
- Representatives for the RNC and President Trump did not immediately respond to Axios’ requests for comment.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with new details.