US President Joe Biden (left) and former US President Donald Trump (right) | Credits: Getty Images
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Biden sounds alarm on Trump’s threat to democracy in 2024 campaign kickoff

United States: Despite facing four indictments, Trump is the overwhelming favorite for his party’s nomination, as evidenced by President Biden’s concentration. 

President Joe Biden issued one of his most dire warnings yet that Donald Trump and his allies are a threat to American democracy, declaring on Thursday that the former president is more interested in personal power than upholding the country’s core values and implying that even mainstream Republicans are complicit, according to the Associated Press. 

President Joe Biden is kicking off the campaign season by invoking the Revolutionary War to mark the third anniversary of the deadly insurgency at the US Capitol and visiting the South Carolina church where a white gunman massacred Black parishioners, attempting to present the election in the starkest terms possible.

Valley Forge Condemnation

Biden will fly to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, where George Washington and the Continental Army spent a harsh winter over 250 years ago. According to the official update, he’ll condemn former President Donald Trump for a riot in which a crowd of his followers overran the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election; nine people were shot and killed in a June 2015 White Supremacist attack; the president will pay a visit to Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston where the incident took place.

Biden Paints Trump as a Threat

Rather than a cheerful statement of his record, Biden’s decision to begin 2024 by digging into some of the country’s darkest events is intended to underscore for Americans what his campaign sees as the stakes of November’s election. During both events, he will portray his predecessor as a major threat to the nation’s founding principles, suggesting that Trump, who has a commanding early lead in the Republican presidential primary, will strive to undermine American democracy if re-elected.

President of the United States – Joe Biden | Credits: Getty Images/AP

Campaign Manager Emphasizes Urgency

“We are running a campaign like the fate of our democracy depends on it because it does,” Biden reelection campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said on a conference call with reporters, as per AP.

Trump’s Counterclaims

Trump, who is facing 91 criminal accusations related to his efforts to reverse his loss to Biden and three other felony cases, claimed that Biden and prominent Democrats are attempting to undermine democracy by using the legal system to obstruct his main rival’s campaign.

“Joe Biden and his allies are a real and compelling threat to our Democracy,” Trump campaign senior advisers Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles wrote in a memo this week, adding, “In fact, in a way never seen before in our history, they are waging a war against it.” 

In 2020, Biden won the White House by vowing to heal the “soul of the nation” after saying that seeing hate groups marching with torches and swastikas in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 inspired him to run. 

Rather than offering to heal the nation’s partisan divide, as he did four years ago, Biden will emphasize how Trump and his “Make America Great Again” campaign represent existential concerns. 

Trump’s Rhetoric Highlighted

The president’s reelection campaign has highlighted Trump’s use of Adolf Hitler’s rhetoric in suggesting that illegal immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country,” as well as the former president joking that he’d only seek to serve as a dictator on the first day of his second term.

Former US President – Donald Trump | Credits: AP Photo

“The leading candidate of a major party in the United States is running for president so that he can systematically dismantle and destroy our democracy,” said Biden campaign communications director Michael Tyler.

Even if another Republican defeats Trump in the Republican primary, Biden’s reelection campaign contends that the victor will be similar enough to the former president that the campaign’s themes will be similar. 

“Anybody who wins the MAGA Republican nomination is going to have done so by hard tacking to the most extreme positions that we have seen in recent American history,” Tyler said, according to claims by AP. 

Americans are concerned about the future of democracy. However, they disagree on who poses the threat.

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