Biden Raises $1 Million Hours After Speech On Capitol Riots
WASHINGTON DC (ANI) – The campaign of President Joe Biden raised more than $1 million through online fundraising in 24 hours after his speech on the January 6 Capitol riots anniversary.
This comes after Biden on January 5 launched a “full-throated” attack against former President and likely GOP opponent Donald Trump, warning Americans that Trump’s re-election would pose a “threat to American democracy.”
The president zeroed in on January 6 to mark the third anniversary of the US Capitol riots and argued in his remarks that democracy is on the ballot in 2024.
In response to the 24-hour fundraising haul, the Biden campaign noted that they see preserving democracy as a political winner for the president in 2024.
“In election after election, democracy, and freedom are mobilizing issues for the American people. In 2024, that will be no different, and we are encouraged by the strong grassroots enthusiasm we are seeing around the President’s core campaign message,” Rob Flaherty, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told The Hill.
Notably, the speech was Biden’s first major general election speech and was delivered near Valley Forge, PA, a significant symbol of the American Revolution.
He focused on Trump — calling him a “loser” at one point — and underscored what he sees as the stakes in a rematch against Trump in November.
“A former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election,” Biden said.
“He’s done so because he values power over principle, because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest and America’s interest, and because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution,” he added.
Trump, in response to the speech, accused Biden of “fearmongering” and suggested the president was only attacking him on the issue of democracy because he could not run on other issues, The Hill reported.
A CNN poll has showed Trump leading Biden by 5 percentage points in Georgia, a state Biden carried in 2020 by roughly 12,000 votes. The poll also found Trump leading Biden by 10 points in Michigan, where Biden won by about 1,55,000 votes in 2020.