(LA Blade) President Biden delivered a strong rebuttal to the current political climate that has left nearly 70% of Americans in recent polling questioning if American democracy will survive.

Standing in front of Independence Hall, the president warned that “equality and democracy are under assault.”

Referring to the building behind him that served as the backdrop to his speech and referencing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the founding documents of the American nation written in it, Biden noted;

“So tonight I have come here to the place where it all began to speak plainly to the nation about the threats we face. About the power we have in our own hands to meet those threats. And about the incredible future that lies in front of us if only we choose it.”

The president sounded an alarm about his predecessor, Donald Trump, and “MAGA Republican” adherents, labeling them an extremist threat to the nation and its future.

“MAGA forces are determined to take this country backward. Backward to an America where there is no right to choose, no right to privacy, no right to contraception, no right to marry who you love,” Biden said.

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” the president said.

“For a long time, we’ve reassured ourselves that American democracy is guaranteed. But it is not. We have to defend it. Protect it. Stand up for it. Each and every one of us,” Biden cautioned.

In a rare prime-time address to the nation the president in a speech that the White House had earlier claimed wasn’t political, Biden stated “too much of what’s happening in our country today isn’t normal.”

Biden called out the Republican party saying it is “dominated, driven, intimidated by Donald Trump” and his supporters, calling it “a threat to this country.”

“They refuse to accept the results of a free election. And they’re working right now as I speak in state after state to give the power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself,” Biden said.

The president sought to make clear that while he was not criticizing all Republicans, he called on mainstream Republicans to reject the extremist elements in their party.

“We are not powerless in the face of these threats. We are not bystanders in this ongoing attack on democracy,” he said. “There are far more Americans, far more Americans from every background and belief who reject the extreme MAGA ideology than those that accept it. “

The speech comes just two months ahead of the impending midterm congressional elections, where his party is battling to keep its slim majorities in both bodies.

House Minority Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who would be presumptive Speaker should the Democrats lose control of the House this November criticized the president’s speech, accusing him of being divisive.

“President Biden has chosen to divide, demean, and disparage his fellow Americans — why? Simply because they disagree with his policies,” McCarthy said. “That is not leadership.”

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