Joe Biden’s grave warning to Donald Trump in the upcoming US presidential election.

Despite being charged with four crimes, Biden’s focus is consistent with Trump’s position as the overwhelming frontrunner for his party’s candidacy.

Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden

President Joe Biden warned on Thursday that Donald Trump and his supporters are a threat to American democracy in one of his most ominous statements to date, saying that the former president is more concerned with preserving his own power than upholding the nation’s fundamental principles and that even moderate Republicans are complicit.

“The silence is deafening,” he declared.

Biden reiterated one of his main campaign themes, characterizing the “Make America Great Again” movement as an existential threat to the American democratic system, during a speech in Arizona honoring a library that will be built in memory of his friend and vociferous Trump opponent, the late Republican Sen. John McCain. He’s bringing up that issue again in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election after it helped Democrats in the midterm elections last autumn, stating the danger in these same words: “There’s something dangerous happening in America right now.”

Democracies don’t necessarily have to perish at the point of a gun, Biden remarked. They can perish when people remain silent, when they refuse to speak out against dangers to democracy, when people are prepared to give up what is most valuable to them out of frustration, disillusionment, fatigue, or alienation.

Despite the fact that the 2024 election is still more than a year away, Biden’s attention is on Trump, who is still widely regarded as the favorite to win his party’s nomination despite being charged with four crimes, including two for attempting to rig the 2020 election in favor of Biden.

The president’s speech was the fourth in a series he’s given on issues he views as threatening democracy; the subject is important to him as he fights to hold onto power in the face of voters’ growing disapproval of his age, 80, and low approval ratings.

Prior to the midterm elections last year, when Democrats won a Senate seat and just barely lost the House to the GOP, he routinely employed this line of political attack. However, it may be difficult to change the conversation in Washington given that Biden is under increasing pressure on Capitol Hill, where House Republicans held the first hearing in their impeachment investigation and where the possibility of a government shutdown looms — a possibility Trump has actively encouraged.

Donald Trump Vs. Joe Biden

On January 6, 2021, which marked the first anniversary of the revolt organized by a mob of Trump supporters, Biden went to the Capitol and charged that Trump was still holding a “dagger” to democracy. He criticized Trumpism as a threat to democratic institutions as he ended the summer of that year in the vicinity of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

As people went to the polls for the midterm elections in November, Biden once more issued a call to defend democratic institutions.

Advisors believe the president is making a wise political and policy decision by maintaining his emphasis on democracy. Campaign officials have studied the election results from last November, showing that candidates who disputed the results of the 2020 election did poorly in close races, and they cite polling that revealed democracy was a key motivator for voters in 2022.

In order for democracy to survive and grow, Biden said on Thursday, “our task, our sacred task of our time, is to ensure that they change not for the worse but for the better and that it is not destroyed by a movement more interested in power than a principle.” “It’s up to us, the people of America,”

The most recent address also used a strategic location choice for impact. The McCain Institute, named for the late senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee who spent his public life criticizing autocrats all over the world, is located close to Arizona State University.

There is no denying that MAGA fanatics influence and intimidate the Republican Party of today, according to Biden. He cited Trump’s recent request that Gen. Mark Milley, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, be put to death for purportedly betraying him with treason. Milley is resigning from his position on Friday.

The quiet is deafening, said Biden, “even though I don’t think even a majority of Republicans think that.” Trump has allegedly referred to American military personnel as “service members suckers and losers” in the past, the speaker added. John, a gullible man? Regarding McCain, who made it out of a protracted prison sentence in Vietnam, Biden questioned.

Then he added something even more intimate, “Was my son, Beau, a sucker for volunteering to serve his country—who lived next to a burn pit for a year and came home and died—was he a sucker for volunteering to serve his country?”

Cindy McCain, the late senator’s wife, claimed that Biden, Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs, and Republican Governor Doug Ducey all offered their support to the library, which is still in the planning stages. She referred to it as “a fitting legacy for my husband” and recalled how the Bidens had met her future husband many years earlier.

With her voice quivering, Cindy McCain remarked, “I am so grateful for that.”

Republicans vying to succeed Trump as their party’s nominee for president in 2024 have mostly refrained from criticizing his electoral lies, and Biden argued on Thursday that voters can’t allow them get away with it.

He declared, “Democracy is not a partisan issue.” It is an American problem.

Following his remarks, Biden gave a speech at a fundraiser in Arizona for his reelection bid. Brittney Griner, a basketball player who was incarcerated for nearly ten months last year after being caught on drug-related accusations at a Moscow airport, was among those there.

Every presidential battleground state saw the defeat of candidates who supported Trump’s election lies and were competing for statewide positions with some electoral power, such as governor, secretary of state, and attorney general.

Few states, though, are more responsive to Biden’s appeal for democracy than Arizona, which, following seven decades of Republican hegemony, entered political competition under Trump’s administration. After Biden’s victory, the state became a focal point for efforts to void or contest the results, and some GOP contenders still contest fundamental election facts.

Republican insiders, who talked on the record under the condition of anonymity to openly discuss the party’s electoral failings in 2016, claimed that it will support other claims made by Democrats about the extreme positions taken by the GOP on different, unrelated matters. Despite Trump-inspired forces in the party capturing the majority of public attention, many Republican voters were more focused on other concerns including the economy and the border rather than a two-year-old election outcome.

In order to collect all of the 2020 ballots and vote-counting equipment from Maricopa County, Republican state lawmakers used their subpoena power. They then recruited Trump supporters to conduct an unprecedented partisan investigation of the election. The widely criticized event not only verified Biden’s victory but also sparked an exodus of election workers and fed spurious conspiracy theories.

Voters throughout the country rejected Republican candidates in the midterms because they consistently denied the outcome of the 2020 election. However, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake refuses to accept Hobbs’ victory and instead intends to run for the U.S. Senate. Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters and Secretary of State candidate Mark Finchem both made frequent allegations of rigged elections throughout their campaigns the previous year.

Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat from Arizona who defeated Masters, claimed that independent and moderate Republican voters as well as members of his own party share his belief in the value of safeguarding democracy.

According to Kelly, “I met so many Republicans who were sick and tired of the lies about an election that had already happened two years ago.”

Latinos and veterans, two significant voting blocs in the state who, according to Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego, are both particularly impacted by election denialism and the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, are in particular need of a message that emphasizes democracy. Gallego is running for the Democratic nomination in the upcoming Senate race.

Many of us are just one generation removed from societies where democracy is deeply compromised, but even so, we are close enough to have seen how horrible it can be, added Gallego. And as a result, I believe that for Latinos, January 6 was particularly upsetting.

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