Standing in Philadelphia in front of Independence Hall, President Joe Biden warned Thursday night that the democracy born there faces an existential
threat from former President Donald Trump and his allies, seeking to reframe the stakes and consequences of this fall’s midterm elections.
“As I stand here tonight, equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise,” Biden said to open a searing 25
minute address. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the foundations of our very republic.”
In a sharply critical speech calling for voters to choose a different path, Biden pointed to Trump and his supporters’ long-running efforts to undermine the 2020
presidential election, excuse the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, and attack the FBI. He said the rule of law and future elections are on the brink, with danger lurking in this year’s elections.
“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution, they do not believe in the rule of law, they do not recognize the will of the people,” Biden said, with Independence Hall behind him awash in
red and blue lights. “They refuse to accept the results of a free election, and they’re working right now as I speak in state after state … to [empower] election deniers to undermine democracy