WASHINGTON– After weeks of soothing talks about America’s economy and inflation, President Joe Biden turned to a darker, more urgent message on Wednesday night, warning in the closing days of the midterm elections that democracy itself is under threat from former President Donald Trump’s election-denial lies and the violence who he said inspire you.
Noting the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband in particular, he said Trump’s false claims of a stolen election have “fueled the dangerous rise in political violence and voter intimidation over the past two years.”
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Six days before the major midterm election, Biden said, “As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every office in America, for governor, for Congress, for attorney general, for secretary of state, who will not commit to accepting the results of the election in which they participate.”
“This is the way to chaos in America,” he explained. “It’s unprecedented. It’s unlawful. And it’s un-American.”
The president, who has focused on drawing an economic contrast between Democrats and the GOP, turned his attention to “Ultra MAGA” Republicans — a nod to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan — calling them a minority, but “the driving force” of the Republican Party.
Noting growing concerns about political violence, as well as the threat posed by America’s long tradition of fiercely contested but peaceful and accurate elections, he said these Republicans are “trying to succeed where they failed in 2020, to protect voter rights.” to repress and subvert the electoral system itself.”
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The speech came days after a man attempting to kidnap House Speaker Pelosi seriously injured her husband, Paul Pelosi, at their San Francisco home, and physical threats shook members of Congress and poll workers.
“There is an alarming increase in the number of people in this country who are condoning political violence or who are simply silent,” Biden said. “Silence is complicity.”
Stressing that it is the first federal election since the Jan. 6, 2021 riot and Trump’s attempts to overthrow voters in the 2020 presidential election, Biden urged voters to reject candidates who disputed the results of the vote — which even Trump’s administration has declared itself free from widespread fraud or interference.
Biden urged voters to “think long and hard about the moment we are in.”
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“In a typical year, we don’t often face the question of whether our vote preserves or endangers democracy,” he said. “But we are this year.”
Biden delivered his remarks from Union Station in Washington, blocks from the US Capitol, the White House said, just six days before polling closed on Nov. 8 and as more than 27 million Americans have already cast their ballots.
“It’s from Capitol Hill because that’s where they tried to subvert our democracy,” senior White House adviser Anita Dunn told Axios, referring to the Jan. 6 attack.
“The threat of political violence that most Americans find abhorrent, the idea that you would use violence to advance your political means, is something that almost all Americans unite and that we can all agree against, and obviously we have terrible ones.” Seeing things just happened recently,” Dunn said.
Referring to Biden’s remarks, she said the Democratic president “will be very clear tonight that he’s speaking to people who don’t agree with him on any issues, who disagree with his agenda, but who can really unite behind this idea of this.” fundamental value of democracy.”
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“What we are seeing is an alarming number of Republican officials indicating they will not accept the results of this election,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
“This is not a regular time,” she added. “He will call out everything.”
Ahead of Biden’s speech, US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said he reviewed the attack on Pelosi’s husband and believes today’s political climate, after a massive increase in threats against lawmakers after Jan. 6, warrants more resources and better security for the Members of Congress are calling for a rare call to stop the acrimonious conspiracy talk that has swirled around the attack.
“Our brave men and women are working around the clock to fulfill this urgent mission at this divisive time,” he said in a statement. “Meanwhile, one significant change that will have an immediate impact is for people across our country to lower the temperature of political rhetoric before it’s too late.”
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Biden last delivered a prime-time speech outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 about what he called the “continued battle for the soul of the nation,” in which he criticized the “MAGA forces” of Donald Trump and his supporters condemned threat to the American system of government.
“They foster authoritarian leaders and ignite political violence that threatens our individual rights, the pursuit of justice, the rule of law and the very soul of this country,” Biden said at the time.
The new comments come as hundreds of candidates who falsely contested the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election are on ballots across the country, many poised to be elected to crucial roles in election oversight.
Unlike September’s remarks, which drew criticism from some quarters for being paid for by taxpayers, Biden’s speech Wednesday night will be hosted by the Democratic National Committee.
“The President will address the threat posed by voter deniers and those who seek to undermine confidence in elections and democracy, and the commitment to our democracy, in next week’s election,” the DNC said.
Many Americans remain pessimistic about the state of US democracy. An October poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that just 9% of adults think democracy works “extremely” or “very well,” while 52% say it doesn’t work well.
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https://6abc.com/election-day-2022-joe-biden-paul-pelosi-attack-midterm/12410490/ With election 6 days away, President Biden implores voters to save democracy from lies, violence