LAtrobe, Pennsylvania (Associated Press) – Former President Donald Trump predicts America’s destruction if his fellow Republicans don’t deliver a massive electoral wave on Tuesday. Democrats, led by President Joe Biden and two other former presidents, are warning that abortion rights, Social Security and even democracy itself are at risk.
Three of the six living presidents delivered tough closing messages Saturday on the battlefield in Pennsylvania that entered the final weekend of the 2022 midterm elections, but their words reverberated across the country as millions of Americans cast their votes to determine the balance of power in Washington and in major state capitals. . . Polls across America will close on Tuesday, but more than 39 million people have already voted.
On Sunday, Biden was about to campaign in a New York suburb, while Trump was heading to Florida.
“If you want to stop the destruction of our country and save the American dream, on Tuesday you have to vote for Republican in a giant red wave,” Trump told thousands of his supporters during his campaign on Saturday in western Pennsylvania, describing the United States as a “country in decline.”
Earlier in the day, Biden shared the podium with former President Barack Obama in Philadelphia, where his former colleagues campaigned together for the first time since Biden took office. In neighboring New York, even former President Bill Clinton, who has largely been absent from national politics in recent years, has been defending his party.
“Peing and being depressed is not an option,” Obama said. “On Tuesday, let’s make sure our country doesn’t look back 50 years.”
Not everyone, it seems, was in touch with the start of the weekend.
Even before his arrival in Pennsylvania, Biden was dealing with new political chaos after upsetting some in his party by promoting plans to close fossil fuel stations in favor of green energy. While he made these statements in California the day before, the fossil fuel industry is a major employer in Pennsylvania.
Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va said. Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the president owes coal workers across the country an apology. He described Biden’s comments as “offensive and disgusting.”
Trump seized the West Slope of Pennsylvania, accusing Biden of “resuming the war on coal, your coals.”
The White House said Biden’s words were “twisted to imply a meaning that was not intended; he regretted if anyone had been offended by these remarks” and that he was “commenting on a fact of the economy and technology.”
Democrats are deeply concerned about their narrow majorities in the House and Senate as voters are fed up with Biden’s leadership amid rising inflation, fears of crime and widespread pessimism about the country’s direction. History suggests that the Democrats, as the ruling party, will suffer major losses in the midterm elections.
Trump peeked at Florida while campaigning in Pennsylvania, and slapped the state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis. After displaying recent presidential poll numbers on the big screens, Trump called DeSantis, the likely challenger to the Republican Party in 2024, “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
Trump’s weekend trips were part of a belated blitz that would also take him to Ohio. He hopes that a strong GOP appearance on Tuesday will generate momentum for the 2024 round, which he expects to launch in the days or weeks after polling closes.
Repeatedly on Saturday, Trump falsely claimed that he lost the 2020 election only because Democrats cheated, while raising the possibility of election fraud this coming week. In part, because of this rhetoric, federal intelligence agencies have warned of the potential for political violence by far-right extremists in the coming days.
“I promise everyone, in the next – very, very, very short time, you’ll be happy,” Trump said of another White House bid. “But first we have to score a historic victory for the Republicans on November 8.”
Biden’s speech in Pennsylvania has been much the same for weeks — highlighting a portfolio of his key legislative achievements, while warning that abortion rights, voting rights, Social Security and Medicare are at risk should Republicans take control of Congress.
The president highlighted inflation-reducing measures, passed by the Democratic-led Congress in August, that include several health care provisions common to the elderly and the less affluent, including a maximum of $2,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses and $35. Monthly maximum per prescription for insulin. The new law also requires companies that raise prices faster than overall inflation to pay a discount to Medicare.
But with a larger and more active audience in his home state, Biden’s energy seemed high.
“We have to reaffirm the values that have always defined us,” Biden said of threats to democracy. “We are good people. I know this.”
He added, “Get out and vote!”
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