Biden’s sharp words come two months before the US midterm elections. There is then a battle for crucial seats in the Senate and the US House of Representatives. We should also view his speech in the light of that, analyzes our America correspondent Björn Soenens.
“The speech was very strong. Biden feels on all sides that democracy is faltering. Politically, this speech has been cleverly played. The elections will not just become a referendum on him. In his message he gave Americans the choice between ‘extremism or common sense and progress”. He also called on everyone to go to the polls and put a brake on extremism.”
The momentum for the election is also moving towards Democrats. “A month ago, everyone expected a victory for the Republicans, but the abortion ruling worries many Americans. The elections will now mobilize more people than usual. Even if it is still two months. A lot can still happen.