During the weekend before Tuesday's highly anticipated midterm elections, President Joe Biden warned that Republican victories could weaken U.S. democracy, while former President Donald Trump hinted at another White House run.
On Sunday, while campaigning in New York for Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is in a tight race with Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin, Biden asserted that Republicans were willing to condone last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. Many in the party have made “light of” the recent assault of Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“New York, you have two days to make sure the rest of New York knows the good that they have in Kathy Hochul,” the president told a crowd of supporters at Sarah Lawrence College, referring to the moment as an “inflection point” in the nation’s history.
“Two days until the most important election in our lifetime,” he continued.
Biden also noted, “there’s never been a time in my career where we’ve glorified violence based on a political preference.”
Politico reported that former President Bill Clinton also appeared alongside Hochul in Brooklyn on Saturday. “The last-minute flood of heavyweights has signaled rising Democratic anxiety over losing one of the party’s long-established strongholds, where a Republican governor has not been elected since 2002,” the news outlet wrote.
Some in the GOP looked to Biden’s appearance as a sign that they were on track for a significant win.
“Kathy Hochul sees the writing on the wall but she has nowhere left to turn—that’s the only explanation for why she would invite deeply unpopular Joe Biden to campaign with her,” Republican National Committee spokesperson Andrew Eisenberger said in a statement, per Politico.
“Biden and Hochul’s policies destroyed New York’s economy and their criminals-first agenda has made communities less safe, which is why New Yorkers will elect Republicans up-and-down the ballot on Tuesday,” he added.
Meanwhile, Trump over the weekend was campaigning for Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) reelection, but he also focused on his own political future.
“I will probably have to do it again, but stay tuned,” Trump said, teasing his Monday event in Ohio in support of Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance. “We have a big, big rally. Stay tuned for tomorrow night.”
Last week, Trump told a crowd in Iowa that he’s “very, very, very probably” going to run for president again.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Finance and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.