Biden says “democracy is on the ballot” in midterms speech

Washington — With lower than one week to go earlier than the midterm elections, President Biden started a Wednesday night time speech on democracy by recounting the final week’s assault on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband at their San Francisco residence. 

Detailing the assault as described by police and alleged in court docket paperwork, Mr. Biden famous how the suspect allegedly entered the Pelosi residence and requested, “Where is Nancy?” earlier than attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer.

“It’s hard to even say,” the president stated throughout his speech at Union Station. “… Those are the very same words used by the mob when they stormed the United States Capitol on January the 6th.” 

In the Democratic National Committee speech introduced simply Wednesday morning, the president made the case that “American democracy is under attack,” and voters must counteract that at the poll field. The way forward for American democracy and threats to it have been a theme in a number of of Mr. Biden’s speeches, and he has grown extra vocal in naming what he believes are the partisan forces that threaten the nation’s democratic values.

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“American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election,” Mr. Biden stated. “He refuses to accept the will of the people.”

He framed the upcoming elections as one in which voters should ask themselves whether or not the vote they cast will protect democracy or put it in danger.

“Make no mistake,” he stated. “Democracy is on the ballot for all of us.” 

The president urged Americans to not solely discourage and denounce political violence, however to reject voter intimidation at the poll field

“Democracy’s imperfect. It always has been,” he stated. “But we are all called to defend it, now. Now.” 

The president additionally inspired voters to be “patient” as they await outcomes on election night time, and warned towards conspiracy theories. Twenty-seven million Americans have already voted, he stated, and lots of states do not begin counting ballots till after the polls shut, that means some elections won’t have outcomes for days, he stated. 

Mr. Biden additionally famous this is the “first national election since the events of Jan. 6, when the armed, angry mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.”

“I wish I could say the assault on our democracy ended that day. But I cannot,” the president stated. “As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every level of office in America: for governor, Congress, for attorney general, Secretary of State who won’t commit, they will not commit to accepting the results of the elections they’re running in. This is a path to chaos in America. It’s unprecedented. It’s unlawful. And, It is un-American. As I’ve said before, you can’t love your country only when you win.”

As Americans head to the polls and ship in their ballots, the president urged voters to contemplate whether or not a candidate will settle for the outcomes of the election, even when they lose.

“My fellow Americans, we’ll meet this moment,” Mr. Biden stated. “We just need to remember who we are. We are the United States of America. There’s nothing, nothing beyond our capacity if we do it together.” 

Anita Dunn, a senior adviser to Mr. Biden, stated Wednesday morning at an occasion hosted by Axios that the Capitol Hill space was chosen as the setting for the speech due to the violent assault on the close by Capitol constructing on Jan. 6, 2021, throughout which a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters tried to “subvert our democracy.”

“On Jan. 6 we saw violence geared towards subverting democratic processes there, so it is an appropriate place to make these remarks tonight,” she stated. “And political violence, the threat of political violence, which most Americans find abhorrent, the idea that you would use violence to further your political means, you know, it’s something that unites almost all Americans, and that we can all be united against.”

The president in September delivered a primetime deal with from Independence Hall in Philadelphia criticizing the so-called “MAGA Republicans” who maintain beliefs that run counter to democratic values.

Mr. Biden’s speech comes as the midterm elections enter the ultimate stretch, with Democrats hoping to keep up their management of the House and Senate. But latest CBS News polls present Republicans in a superb position to win a majority of seats in the House, as voters fear about the financial system and persevering with inflation, in addition to a unstable stock market.

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