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In a fiery speech on Sept. 1, President Biden explained how extremist Republicans are threatening American democracy. Here are the highlights. (Video: Blair Guild/The Washington Post)

Today, President Biden warned that a Republican Party dominated and driven by his predecessor, Donald Trump, “is a threat to this country” in a prime-time address outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

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Biden repeatedly called out Trump and warned that Trump-led extremists are determined to take the nation backward, denying Americans basic rights. “History tells us that blind loyalty to a single leader and a willingness to engage in political violence is fatal to democracy,” Biden said in urging Americans to come together.

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  • 2 p.m. Eastern. Briefing by press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Watch here.
  • 2:50 p.m. Eastern. Vice President Harris delivered remarks on the climate and health-care law in Durham, N.C.
  • 8 p.m. Eastern. Biden delivered a prime-time speech. Watch here.

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