Marion McKeone: Biden finally springs for Trump’s throat in an invigorating offensive

The US president’s speech in Philadelphia last Thursday carried the fight to his predecessor, hammering home the theme that American democracy is under attack from far-right elements

Joe Biden delivers his speech attacking Donald Trump at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia last Thursday evening. Picture: Getty

Midterms are usually regarded as referendums on the current Oval Office occupant. The Congressional elections are viewed as a barometer of the public’s approval of – or disaffection with – the sitting president.

But the ongoing controversy around Donald Trump’s secretion of classified and top-secret documents in his bedroom, office and basement at Mar-A-Lago, his private members club and permanent residence, has unintentionally handed a gift to his political nemesis Joe Biden.

On Thursday night, ...