Joe Biden’s White House wants voters headed into midterm elections to think more about the threat he believes Republicans pose to democracy -- and less about the complicated state of the economy.
In recent speeches, the president has portrayed the GOP as still under the spell of his predecessor, Donald Trump, and his false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent. Last week Biden even described his opponents as “semi-fascist’’ and bent on curtailing Americans’ freedoms.
The shift in tone will be amplified on Thursday when Biden delivers a primetime address from Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The setting represents both symbolism, as the birthplace of the Constitution, and a political calculation, as the biggest city in a key battleground state.