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On March 5, 2024, in the so-called “Super Tuesday” primaries, there were no surprises. It became virtually certain that Joe Biden and Donald Trump will be the candidates of the Democratic and Republican Parties in the upcoming presidential elections on Tuesday, November 5, 2024. The 2020 race for the White House looks set to be repeated.

Against this electoral backdrop, two days later, Biden delivered the traditional State of the Union address in a joint sitting of Congress, that is, both the House of Representatives and the Senate. He began by recalling that one of his predecessors, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his annual message to Congress on January 6, 1941, when Hitler was looking to conquer Europe, expressed his belief that the Union was facing an unprecedented moment in its history. Similarly, in no uncertain terms, Biden said that American citizens today face a critical situation because “not since President Lincoln and the Civil War have freedom and democracy been under assault at home as they are today.”

This allusion set the stage for his passionate defense of the need to help Ukraine and prevent a victory for Vladimir Putin that would threaten Europe. In this way, Biden pointed to his domestic opponent as the main threat to democracy in both Europe and the United States, linking the importance of defending Ukraine with the January 6, 2021, assault on Congress. In a peremptory tone, inspired in part by the knowledge that he was already on the campaign trail, the president criticized his predecessor and future opponent.
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