President Biden to Speak in Prime Time About the Threat Posed By MAGA Extremists

The president says the “extreme threat” MAGA adherents pose to the nation’s democracy can no longer be ignored.

President Joe Biden was scheduled to address the nation Wednesday evening (Sept. 1) in a prime time address to explain that the political movement inspired by former president Donald Trump poses an “extreme threat” to democracy.

In what the White House is calling “The Soul of the Nation,” speech, Biden will be in Philadelphia at Independence Hall.

That Biden will deliver this talk during the evening underscores its importance to his administration and perhaps the Democratic Party. The Hill points out the rarity of presidents giving prime-time speeches at all- saying the call to do so is “to speak directly to the public about issues of major national concern.”

While the White House hasn’t given many details about what the president will say, it’s expected that Biden will go after so-called “MAGA Republicans,” adherents to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” narrative, which political watchers say fueled the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and denial that Biden won the 2020 election.

“The President has been clear as he can be on that particular piece.  When we talk about our democracy, when we talk about our freedoms, the way that he sees it is the MAGA Republicans are the most energized part of the Republican Party.  That extreme -- this is an extreme threat to our democracy, to our freedom, to our rights,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday (Aug. 31).

“They just don't respect the rule of law.  You've heard that from the President.  And, you know, they are pursuing an agenda that takes away people's rights, so -- which is what the President said last week on Thursday.  You all heard him.  This is what the President said yesterday.  And that's what he's going to continue to say.”

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With a short two months until midterm elections, the choice to deliver a prime time speech may demonstrate how great the White House believes is the threat certain Republicans pose if they win majorities in the House or the Senate.

At a political rally last week in Maryland, Biden likened the “MAGA” movement as being akin to “semi-fascism.” On Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Biden repeatedly called out “MAGA Republicans” while discussing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Biden said, “So let me say this to my MAGA Republican friends in Congress: Don’t tell me you support law enforcement if you won’t condemn what happened on the 6th.” The crowd applauded the president’s remarks.

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