Joe Biden will start the year at sites of national trauma to warn about dire stakes of 2024 election
Joe Biden. Image via AP.

The President will visit Mother Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, the site of a 2015 shooting.

President Joe Biden is starting the campaign year by evoking the Revolutionary War to mark the third anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and visiting the South Carolina church where a white gunman massacred Black parishioners — seeking to present in the starkest possible terms an election he argues could determine the fate of American democracy.

On Saturday, Biden will travel to near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, where George Washington and the Continental Army spent a bleak winter nearly 250 years ago. There, he’ll decry former President Donald Trump for the riot by a mob of his supporters who overran the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Two days later, the President will visit Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, where nine people were shot and killed in a June 2015 white supremacist attack.

Biden’s kicking off 2024 by delving into some of the country’s darkest moments rather than an upbeat affirmation of his record is meant to clarify for voters what his team sees as the stakes of November’s election. During both events, he will characterize his predecessor as a serious threat to the nation’s founding principles, arguing that Trump — who has built a commanding early lead in the Republican presidential primary — will seek to undermine U.S. democracy should he win a second term.

“We are running a campaign like the fate of our democracy depends on it, because it does,” Biden reelection campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said on a conference call with reporters.

Trump, who faces 91 criminal charges stemming from his efforts to overturn his loss to Biden and three other felony cases, argues that Biden and top Democrats are themselves seeking to undermine democracy by using the legal system to thwart the campaign of his chief rival.

“Joe Biden and his allies are a real and compelling threat to our Democracy,” Trump campaign senior advisers Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles wrote in a memo this week. “In fact, in a way never seen before in our history, they are waging a war against it.”

Biden’s channeling of personal grief and national traumas, often into calls for action, has become his political calling card. Tragedies have defined the President’s own life, from the 1972 car crash that killed his first wife and infant daughter to his son Beau’s death from brain cancer at age 46 in 2015.

In 2020, Biden first won the White House by promising to heal the “soul of the nation” after he said that seeing hate groups marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, with torches and swastikas in 2017 propelled him to run.

Rather than promising to bridge the nation’s partisan divide as he did four years ago, Biden will instead stress how Trump and top supporters of his “Make America Great Again” movement pose existential threats.

The President’s reelection campaign has publicized Trump’s repeating rhetoric used by Adolf Hitler when he suggested that immigrants entering the U.S. illegally are “poisoning the blood of our country,” as well as the former President joking that he’d only seek to serve as a dictator on the first day of his second term.

“The leading candidate of a major party in the United States is running for President so that he can systematically dismantle and destroy our democracy,” said Biden campaign communications director Michael Tyler.

Even if another Republican beats Trump in the GOP primary, Biden’s reelection argues the victor would be similar enough to the former president that the campaign’s themes would change little.

“Anybody who wins the MAGA Republican nomination is going to have done so by hard-tacking to the most extreme positions that we have seen in recent American history,” Tyler said.

A majority of Americans are concerned about the future of democracy in the upcoming election — though they differ along party lines on whom poses the threat.

The Biden campaign also promised it would be “out in full force” to mark the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide for nearly 50 years, before the high court overturned the ruling in June 2022.

Biden’s team has argued that abortion access and democracy are intertwined in the upcoming election — building on the president’s warnings about Trump and “MAGA extremists” that helped Democrats defy historical precedent by retaining control of the Senate and only narrowly losing the House majority to Republicans in the 2022 midterms.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Earl Pitts "Sage Expert on Everything" American

    January 3, 2024 at 7:58 am

    Good morn’ting America,
    Its great that Joe’s warning us not to vote for him again. It shows that Joe finally has “Relaxed his Political Sphincter” and come to terms with the fact that re-electing Joe would be as illogical as shooting yourself in the foot.
    Take heed “Dook 4 Brains Leftys” to Earl and “Vote DeSantis”.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • Former Democrat

    January 3, 2024 at 8:41 am

    Weren’t they saving democracy four years ago? Now that they’ve tanked the economy, ruined great American cities, and softened our military beyond belief, are they now campaigning against themselves?

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Expert on Everything" American

      January 3, 2024 at 8:53 am

      Exactly Former,
      Yes its a Cray Cray Bass-Ackwards world of politics when the Dook 4 Brains Left realizes the only way they can Win is to Campaign Against Themselves.

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Expert on Everything" American

    January 3, 2024 at 9:13 am

    And in other news:
    . — In a shocking turn of events, the Epstein List was found hanging in a secure document storage facility this morning, according to local authorities.

    “This is such a tragedy for many of us who desperately wanted to know who was on that list,” said former Presidential candidate and document security expert Hillary Clinton. “Now we’ll sadly never know. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this ‘Epstein List,’ may it rest in peace.

  • My Take

    January 3, 2024 at 10:19 am

    The Dems need this aspect.
    The American public needs to enter their voting booths next November accurately terrified of the prospect of Trump semi-fascism. He promises it.

    • My Take

      January 3, 2024 at 10:23 am

      Republicans should be considered and called Quislings and Vichy.

  • The Dude

    January 3, 2024 at 10:31 am

    Demo spin by the AP calling Jan 6 deadly as if there was some sort of battle. Besides Ashley Babbitt everyone else died due to suicide or heart disease. More fake news by the pro Biden media.

    • Michael K

      January 3, 2024 at 11:22 am

      Yes, 140 place officers injured during the assault is just a normal day in the US capital, along with $ 1 million in facility damages.

      • Michael K

        January 3, 2024 at 12:24 pm

        Correction: 140 injured police officers.

    • God, Country, and Florida

      January 3, 2024 at 7:22 pm

      Funny how Florida Politics only seems to share AP stories….and no other media company…Florida Politics should just come out already as leftist trash. AG “GanDEMOCRAT” at the front of the snowflake line!

  • My Take

    January 4, 2024 at 1:36 am

    The GOPs:
    “We and our media–Fox, Newsmsx, etc., etc.–can be strongly partisan (biased) but you and yours must be impartial.”

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 4, 2024 at 5:03 am

    Omg thank you for the kind and loving Joe Biden! Very quietly and systematically Joe Biden continues making America stable! Please continue Joe!

    • The Dude

      January 4, 2024 at 5:36 am

      What are smoking Sonja? It’s not legal in Florida yet. Have some coffee and look around at all of the problems this incompetent administration has brought to us in just under three years.

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