In his first appearance on the campaign trail ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, President Biden made sure his predecessor, Donald Trump, remained front and center in voters’ minds.
Near the top of his speech in Rockville, Md., Biden repeatedly referred to Trump, who has campaigned for the GOP faithful in the midterms and could again be Biden’s opponent in the 2024 presidential race.
“In 2020 you and 81 million Americans voted to save our democracy. That’s why Donald Trump is not just a former president, he’s a defeated former president,” Biden said. “And it’s no exaggeration, now you literally have to vote to save democracy again.”
Biden said the nation was at a turning point and had to decide: “Are we going to be a country going forward or going backward,” and whether the U.S. will be “a nation of unity, of hope, of optimism, not a nation of anger, violence, hatred and division”.
“Trump and the extreme MAGA Republicans have made their choice,” Biden said, using the acronym for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the whole philosophy behind — I’ll say something, it’s like semi-fascism,” Biden said later in the speech.
Biden had dismal poll numbers for much of the year as inflation soared and investors worried about a possible recession. And Democrats are widely worried that those poll numbers would lead to a Republican surge in November’s congressional elections.
But Biden has had a string of good political news recently, including the passage of a spending bill to encourage US chip factories, a landmark climate change and health care bill, lower gas prices from their climax and the killing of an important person. – Leader of Qaeda.
Perhaps buoyed by that news and his rising poll numbers, Biden appeared particularly animated Thursday as he campaigned in Democratic Maryland for gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore.
Repeatedly, Biden called out Trump-aligned Republicans, linking them to GOP-led states that have enacted abortion bans or restrictions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, while declaring that “the your right to choose is on the ballot this year.”
“How extreme are these MAGA Republicans? Just look at what has happened since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Red state after red state has fought to pass the most restrictive abortion restrictions imaginable, even with no exception for rape and incest,” Biden said. “But these MAGA Republicans won’t stop there. They want a national ban. They want to pass a legislative national ban in Congress. If the MAGA Republicans win control of Congress, it won’t matter where you live, you won’t have the right to vote anywhere, anywhere.”
But Biden also promised that if the GOP regains control of Congress and moves to ban abortion nationwide, “I will veto it.”
When he wasn’t warning about what would happen if Trump-backed candidates win in November, Biden also expressed his positive view of the Democrats. He talked about record job growth, falling child poverty rates, 220 million Americans vaccinated for COVID-19 and his signature legislative efforts.
But the recurring theme of his forceful speech was the decline of the opposition party.
“What’s happened is there aren’t many real Republicans anymore,” Biden said, adding, “I respect conservative Republicans. I have no respect for these MAGA Republicans.”