While warning that truth and fundamental liberties would be in jeopardy if Trump were to win a second term in office, President Biden attempted to draw parallels between the Civil War’s aftermath and the 2020 election on Monday.
He remarked how the Confederates, after losing the battle, refused to admit defeat and instead rallied around the “lost cause” of state’s rights rather than slavery. He believed that the Jim Crow laws that barred Black people from voting and mistreated them were enacted because of that deception.
The president delivered the speech at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, the same place where a racist shooter murdered nine Black worshippers. Abolition of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol was adopted by legislators in the wake of the massacre.
The “truth is under siege in America,” Biden said.
Biden’s second recent campaign address highlighted the importance of the 2024 election by painting it as a struggle for fundamental rights and democracy rather than a policy issue.
Biden pointed out that among the president’s many achievements throughout his presidency include measures to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, an executive order to make police departments more accountable, and initiatives to reduce gun violence.
The President referred to the former president as a “failure” and criticized his previous remarks about the need to “move on” after the killings at an Iowa school.
He issued a stern warning, saying that Trump’s “MAGA Republicans” are “trying to steal history” by portraying the events on January 6, 2021, as a seemingly peaceful demonstration.
Although Biden is anticipated to win the primary easily, surveys indicate that he will see a more challenging battle in the general election. Recent surveys have shown that he is behind Trump in states that might decide the election.
In a December survey by the New York Times and Siena College, Biden was ranked second among registered voters but first among those likely to cast a ballot in 2024, putting him ahead of Trump.