Joe Biden speaks at a rally in support of the Democratic Party in Rockville, Maryland. August 25, 2022. Biden Slams Republican Trump Supporters
President Addresses Democratic National Committee Campaign Event
U.S. President Joe Biden blasted Donald Trump's Republican Party supporters in a speech Thursday at an event hosted in ahead of the November congressional elections. Biden says pro-Trump Republican agenda is approaching “semi-fascism.”
The President, who will soon visit several states on both the East and West Coasts, hopes to lend support to Democratic candidates and prevent Republicans from taking control of Congress.
At a Democratic National Committee event that was held on Thursday night at a high school in Montgomery County, a suburb of Washington, attended by political leaders from the state of Maryland.
Among the rally participants are representatives of the organization Planned Parenthood, which provides medical assistance to women, and activists of the Moms Demand movement, who oppose gun violence. Democrats hope their electoral prospects will be boosted by the passage of a new gun safety law and Republican support for a ban on abortion.
Speaking at the rally, Biden highlighted the difference in Democratic and Republican agendas, noting that voters in the upcoming midterm elections will have the opportunity to make their choice.
Prior to the rally, Biden met with Democratic donors at a fundraiser held on the grounds of the Richard Montgomery School.
The President detailed the challenges facing the United States and the world due to climate change. He spoke about the economic turmoil and the future of China and was highly critical of the Republican Party's agenda.
“Now we are seeing either the start or the death knell of the extreme MAGA program,” Biden said, referring to former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. And it's not just Trump. It's a whole philosophy, similar to semi-fascism.”
The President also emphasized his leadership in building NATO unity against Russia's invasion of Ukraine and rebuilding cooperation with allies after the Trump presidency.
“I underestimated how much damage to America's reputation in the world has been caused by the previous four years,” Biden said.
The Republicans are hoping to win the election in November, and history is on their side. The party that controls the White House usually loses seats in Congress in the first midterm elections after the presidential election, and political scientists predict that the Republicans have every chance of gaining control of the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.
The Democrats have little majority in the House of Representatives, while Senate seats are evenly divided.
Republican control of one or both houses of Congress could thwart Biden's legislative agenda in the second half of his term. It could also heighten the debate over whether the 79-year-old Biden should run for re-election in 2024 or hand over power to a younger generation of politicians.
But Biden and his team are hoping a string of recent legislative successes and outrage voters over the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning a 1973 ruling that recognized women's constitutional right to abortion will lead to a high turnout among Democrats.