President Joe Biden is set to characterize former President Donald Trump as a danger to democratic values in an upcoming speech marking the third anniversary of the January 6 insurrection. The Biden campaign has announced this speech as a pivotal part of their strategy to underscore the high stakes of the upcoming presidential election, which is increasingly looking like a rerun of the 2020 race.
In a recent press call, campaign officials expressed grave concerns about the consequences of a Trump victory in the election. Communications director Michael Tyler starkly stated that a win for Trump could lead to the systematic dismantling of American democracy. Campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the campaign’s focus on the critical nature of the election for democracy’s survival.
Biden is scheduled to deliver his speech near Philadelphia, in the vicinity of Valley Forge, a site of immense historical significance in the Revolutionary War. This location, where George Washington galvanized his troops, will serve as a backdrop for Biden to draw parallels between the past and current struggles for democracy and freedom, as outlined by deputy campaign manager Quentin Fulks.
Campaign officials also warned that the threat Trump poses to American democracy has escalated since the 2020 election. They argue that the dangers have intensified over the years, as stated by Chavez Rodriguez.
In a direct contrast, Trump is planning two campaign events on the same day, potentially creating a moment of political juxtaposition. Next week, Biden is scheduled to speak at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the site of a tragic mass shooting in 2015. This event will further Biden’s narrative of standing against the rise in political violence, as described by Fulks.
The upcoming election presents a close race between Biden and Trump, as indicated by a recent NBC News poll. With Biden’s approval rating hitting a low point, the campaign is intensifying its focus on presenting Trump as a fundamental threat to the nation’s democratic principles.