Biden expected to address the nation a year following a mob of Trump supporters marched on Congress to block Congress from certifying Biden’s presidential election victory, political emotions remain sore.
- From inside Capitol, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will address the nation.
- From his Mar-a-Lago resort, Donald Trump will host a press conference.
- Biden has warned that Trump’s presidency poses an “existential” threat to political freedoms.
- The events will commemorate the first anniversary of the attack on Congress on January 6.
- A new poll finds that Republicans support violence against the government at a rate of 40%, contrasted to 23% of Democrats.
Biden’s position on democracy’s existential threat
A divided nation will witness a foreboding split-screen moment Thursday, when President Joe Biden uses the anniversary of the January 6 attack on Congress to warn of threats to US democracy, while Donald Trump goes live with his conspiracy theories.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will reportedly address the nation from inside the Capitol, which served as the setting for nearly unbelievable scenes during the unrest as Trump supporters fought their way past police to invade the heart of US democracy.
As a veteran politician who came out of retirement to challenge what he perceived to be Trump’s authoritarian presidency, Biden frequently warned during his first year in the White House of an “existential” threat to political liberties that most Americans took for granted until recently.
His speech, which is part of a series of events on what Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has described as a “difficult day,” is set to amplify that warning.
Trump In Split-Screen Moment On Capital Riot Anniversary
However, while Congress holds a prayer vigil for what President Biden has described as a “dark moment,” Trump will hold a press conference from his luxury Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Likewise, his message is predictable. Despite losing to Biden by more than seven million votes and facing various court challenges around the country, Trump continues to make outrageous assertions that the 2020 election was stolen.
And the claims are merely the most inflammatory element of a bigger attack on Biden on issues ranging from immigration to Covid-19, all of which add to what appears to be an as-yet-unannounced bid to reclaim power in 2024.
Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, describes the campaign as “unique in US history.”
“No former president has made such a concerted effort to undermine his successor and the democratic process,” Tobias stated.
Regardless matter how absurd the electoral conspiracy idea is – one federal court in Pennsylvania called Trump’s case “strained” and “speculative” – millions of Americans believe it to be true.
Polls regularly indicate that around 70% of Republicans believe Biden was elected illegally.
This figure is 58%, according to a new Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. However, the same study discovered that 40% of Republicans, compared to 23% of Democrats, felt that violence against the government is occasionally justifiable.
Combating what Trump, the master brander, popularizes as “the Steal,” has morphed into political philosophy in and of itself, with nearly all Republican politicians either straining to avoid denouncing what occurred on January 6 – or openly defending the attack.
Lara Brown, head of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, said the combination of political operatives seeking to curry favor with Trump and the masses of voters duped into believing what they are told amounts to a formidable power.
“What is so frightening about where we are now is not just that these are elite attacks, but that a grass-roots movement is driving them,” she explained.
“On January 6, it was not simply far-right victory organizations that organized,” she explained. “It was ordinary Americans who bought into this entire concept.”
– What’s Biden to do?
It’s unclear what Biden can do to change these relationships if anything.
Rachel Bitecofer, a political scientist and Democratic pollster, asked Biden to confront Trump more directly, rather than continuing to pretend that the man Press Secretary Jen Psaki has referred to as “the former guy” is irrelevant.
Dubya “is not a remembrance of a past occurrence. He is commemorating an incident that is now unfolding and has the potential to deteriorate further, “She stated.
“There is a genuine reluctance to acknowledge the right’s virulent attack on democracy in this country.”
Brown noted, however, that Biden’s maneuverability is limited, as a direct attack on Trump risks appearing like a “political witch hunt” — just what the former president says in his conspiracy theories.