Biden: Democracy “on the ballot” as US midterm elections loom
The US President warns that the country’s system of governance is at risk from those who refuse to recognize results.
Just days before the crucial midterm elections in the United States, President Joe Biden warned that democracy is at risk from violence and lies.
After weeks of reassuring talks about the country’s economy, and its cost of living, Biden switched to a darker and more urgent message on Wednesday. He declared that the US system for governance was at risk from ex-President Donald Trump’s election denial lies and the violence Biden claimed they had incited.
Biden stated, “Make no mistake, democracy will be on the ballot for everyone,” as Americans vote in an election that will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control both the US Senate (and House of Representatives). Each of the 435 House seats is up for reelection, along with approximately a third of Senate seats.
Surveys predict that Republicans will take control of both the House and Senate. However, it is too close to call. While the Senate is evenly divided, the House currently has a narrow majority of Democrats while the Senate is controlled by the Democrats. Already, more than 27 million voters have cast their ballots.
Biden, speaking before the Democratic National Committee at Washington, DC’s Union Station, stated that threats from some Republican candidates to refuse acceptance of the results of the November 8 elections if they lose were a threat to democracy.
The president stated that “this driving force is trying success where they failed in 2020 to suppress voters’ rights and subvert the electoral process itself.” This is America’s path to chaos. It’s unprecedented. It’s unlawful. It is also un-American.
Trump refused to accept the outcome of the 2020’s election. His supporters attacked the US Capitol last January 6, as Congress was about to certify the results.
Biden referred in particular to the hammer attack last week on Nancy Pelosi’s husband by Biden, claiming that Trump’s false claims of a stolen election had “fueled the dangerous rise in political violence and voter intimidation over two years”.
Election workers in the United States are questioning whether they should return to work after being harassed and intimidated more than usual ahead of November 8. Five people were charged with federal crimes after harassing early voters.
National election officials are preparing for confrontations at polling stations led by a flood of conspiracy theorists who signed up as partisan poll watchers.
Biden stated that there has been an alarming increase in people who condone violence against political opponents or just remain silent. “We know that democracy is in danger, but it’s also something we can do to protect our democracy,” Biden said.
Biden ended his 20-minute speech on a happier note.
“My fellow Americans! We’ll meet here. All we have to do is remember who and what we are. We are the United States of America. He said that there is no limit to our ability if we work together.”
Although voter fraud is rare in the US and surveys show that many people are concerned about it, they are not uncommon. According to 49% of Americans believe voter fraud is a serious problem. This was according to a poll that concluded Monday. It was supported by 34% of Democrats and 69% of Republicans.
44% of Americans expressed concern about the US election being rigged. This includes 28% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans.
However, 67 percent of respondents stated that they believed their ballots would be counted accurately, which includes the large majority of Republicans and Democrats.
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