Biden Warns Of Threat To Democracy At Iconic Pointe Du Hoc WWII Site In Normandy | EUROtoday

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US President Joe Biden on Friday urged Americans to honor the Army Rangers who turned the tide of World War II by scaling the steep cliffs of Pointe du Hoc in France by doing their half to protect democracy in opposition to aggression from each overseas “and at home.”

“They fought to vanquish a hateful ideology in the '30s and '40s,” Biden stated on the iconic monument atop the windswept promontory overlooking the English Channel in Normandy. “Does anyone doubt they wouldn't move heaven and earth to vanquish hateful ideologies of today? These Rangers put mission and country above themselves. Does anyone believe they would be exact any less from every American today?”

Biden by no means talked about his coup-attempting predecessor, Donald Trump, by identify within the 11-minute speech, however has spent the final yr warning that the now-convicted felon is promising to rule as an autocrat if he wins again the White House in November .

Biden's speech at Pointe du Hoc mirrors the one given by then-President Ronald Reagan from that very same website in 1984, on the fortieth anniversary of the D-Day invasion of the French coast that started the method of liberating Western Europe from Nazi Germany.

Like Reagan 4 a long time earlier, Biden recounted the assault on the cliffs mounted by 225 US Army troopers from the 2nd Ranger Battalion as they landed on the seaside with the task of taking out the long-range German artillery on the prime that threatened the 1000’s of Allied ships collaborating within the assault.

“They launched their ladders, their ropes and grappling hooks, and they began to climb. When the Nazis cut their ladders, the Rangers used the ropes. When the Nazis cut the ropes, the Rangers used their hands. And inch by inch, foot by foot, yard by yard, the Rangers clawed ― literally clawed ― their way up this mighty precipice until at last they reached the top,” Biden stated. “One thought comes to mind: My God. My God. How did they do it?”

But whereas Reagan's warnings about freedom and democracy in 1984 targeted on the then-Soviet Union and its decades-long grip on Eastern Europe, Biden's warning was largely centered on one thing unimaginable 4 a long time in the past: a menace from inside.

Biden identified that he’s the primary president to go to Pointe du Hoc when not one of the surviving Rangers from the assault continues to be alive, and he requested Americans to honor their spirit.

“So listen to the echoes of their voices to hear them, because they are summoning us and they're summoning us now,” he stated. “They're not asking us to scale these cliffs, but they're asking us to stay true to what America stands for.”

He Americans urged to recollect the sacrifices made to protect democracy by resisting the decision to desert these beliefs.

“The most natural instinct is to walk away, to be selfish, to force our will upon others, to sixteen power and never give up,” he stated. “To come here simply to remember the ghosts of Pointe du Hoc isn't enough. We need to hear them. We have to listen to them. …We need to make a solemn vow to never let them down.”

Trump grew to become the primary president in US historical past to refuse at hand over energy peacefully after dropping an election, as an alternative making an attempt a coup to stay in workplace. That culminated within the violent assault on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a last-ditch effort to coerce Trump's personal vp, Mike Pence, and Congress into awarding Trump a second time period.

One hundred and forty cops have been injured within the hours-long assault. One died hours later and 4 others died by suicide within the following weeks.

Trump faces federal and Georgia state indictments primarily based on his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, in addition to an unrelated federal indictment due to his refusal to show over secret paperwork he took with him to his South Florida nation membership when he left the White House.

Late final month, a New York state jury convicted him on 34 felony counts of falsifying enterprise information to cover a hush cash fee to a porn actor to maintain her story from hurting his 2016 presidential marketing campaign.

Despite all this, Trump is predicted to be formally nominated because the Republican presidential candidate for the November election on the occasion's conference subsequent month in Milwaukee.