The White House announced Monday that President Joe Biden will address the nation from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall later this week.
A White House official said Thursday’s address in Philadelphia would focus on “the continued battle for the soul of the nation” and show how the president sees the central argument of his 2020 candidacy remains as salient as ever with the midterm elections coming into clearer focus.
It comes roughly two months ahead of the November election and is one of three presidential visits across Pennsylvania this week.
He’ll also travel to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Tuesday to discuss his agenda on gun violence, and will head to Pittsburgh on Labor Day to celebrate “the dignity of American workers,” according to the White House.
The president will lay out how America’s standing in the world and its democracy are at stake, the official said. Biden will highlight what he sees as progress over the past two years to protect our democracy, but note that rights and freedoms remain at risk.
“He will make clear who is fighting for those rights, fighting for those freedoms, and fighting for our democracy,” the official said.
The White House said Biden would “talk about the progress we have made as a nation to protect our democracy, but how our rights and freedoms are still under attack. And he will make clear who is fighting for those rights, fighting for those freedoms, and fighting for our democracy.”
The speech was announced on Monday as Republicans complained about Biden’s recent characterization of Trump and his supporters as “semi-fascists”, in their refusal to accept the 2020 election result.
Last week, in remarks at a Democratic National Committee rally in Maryland, Biden said that “MAGA Republicans don’t just threaten our personal rights and economic security, they’re a threat to our very democracy.”
“They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace — political violence. They don’t believe in democracy,” he said. “This is why, in this moment, those of you who love this country — Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans — we must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are to destroying America.”