President Joe Biden, during a speech in Arizona, criticized former President Donald Trump and other “MAGA extremists” as threats to democracy. Biden also took the opportunity to announce a library honoring the late Sen. John McCain, whom he described as a friend who prioritized country over personal interests. The McCain National Library, funded by the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, will provide education, work, and health monitoring programs to underserved communities in Arizona.
Biden Criticizes Trump and Announces Library to Honor John McCain in Arizona Speech
During a recent speech in Arizona, President Joe Biden called out Donald Trump and “MAGA extremists” for posing threats to democracy. The speech also served as an announcement for a new library that honors the late Sen. John McCain.
The event was marked by the presence of prominent Arizona Republicans, friends of McCain, and McCain’s family, including his widow, Cindy. Biden used the occasion to highlight his enduring friendship with McCain and critique the ongoing threats to democracy, primarily from Trump and his followers.
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Despite representing different political parties, Biden and McCain remained close friends. Biden’s son, Beau, also died from brain cancer, like McCain, strengthening their bond. Cindy McCain, the senator’s widow, endorsed Biden in the 2020 presidential election and is currently serving as a U.S. ambassador in his administration.
Biden’s Strong Words Against Trump
Biden’s speech took a heated turn when discussing Trump, reminding the audience of Trump’s alleged derogatory comments about American soldiers. He further criticized Trump for his recent remarks suggesting that Gen. Mark Milley, the outgoing chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, deserved the death penalty. Biden called these comments “un-American.”
While discussing the challenges to democracy, Biden emphasized the importance of the Constitution, the peaceful transfer of power, and the absence of political violence in America.
Trump-McCain Rift Resurfaces
Trump’s disagreements with McCain, which lasted until McCain’s final days in office and continued even after his death, were brought into the spotlight once again. Notably, McCain’s deciding vote against the repeal of Obama’s health care plan drew Trump’s ire.
McCain National Library Announcement
Biden announced the creation of the McCain National Library, funded by the federal government. The library aims to provide education, work, and health monitoring programs for underserved communities in Arizona. The project is expected to attract between 50,000 and 100,000 visitors each year.
Arizona’s Political Importance in Upcoming Elections
Arizona, a state Biden narrowly won in 2020, is expected to receive numerous visits from presidential candidates leading up to the November 2024 elections. Other swing states like Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will also play crucial roles in the national election.
Last month, Biden was in Arizona to designate a large area near the Grand Canyon as a national monument, a move aimed at preserving Native American cultural sites and protecting the region from new uranium mining.
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