(CNN) — US President Joe Biden on Wednesday issued a stern warning about the future of democracy in the country, saying it could depend on next week’s midterm elections. It was an urgent call six days before the final vote was cast in a race framed by the president almost in survival terms.
“We can no longer take democracy for granted,” said the president of Union Station in Washington. A site a few blocks away from the United States Capitol, where a mob attempted to obstruct the certification of the 2020 election on January 6, 2021.
It had a clear message to Americans contemplating next week’s congressional election: The nation’s future is at stake. Biden suggested that the primacy of candidates who supported the idea of voter fraud in the presidential race two years ago is a warning sign to the nation.
“As I stand here today, there are candidates running for office at every level in the United States—for governor, Congress, attorney general, secretary of state—who will not commit to accepting the results of the election.” Biden said, “This is a path of anarchy in the United States. It is unprecedented. It is illegal and un-American,” he insisted.
Biden’s speech squarely blamed the country’s dire situation on his predecessor, Donald Trump, accusing him of cultivating a lie that has turned into a web of conspiracies, resulting in an already sometimes violent There have been attacks.
“This intimidation, this violence against Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan officials who are just doing their job, is the result of lies, conspiracy and malice, told for power and profit, to create a cycle of anger. Repeated lies for hate, virginity and even violence,” Biden said. “Right now, we have to face those lies with the truth, the future of our country depends on it. “
“American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States … refuses to accept the will of the people,” he said.
The speech – a political event organized by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), not the White House – echoed what Biden has insisted on since his speech in Philadelphia. However, he departed from the Democrats’ central message by the end of the midterm elections, which have been a more optimistic portrayal of economic recovery.
Biden’s words on Wednesday were anything but optimistic, even as he expected Americans to back down against the threatening forces he described. The aide said Biden was inspired to deliver the speech last week after a man attacked the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who, according to his social media, was involved in conspiracy theories of authority, including election fraud.
Biden made sure to point out that most Americans, and even most Republicans, would not resort to violence. But he added that this would have an external impact.
“I think the voices of violence and intimidation are clearly in the minority in America,” Biden said. “But they talk tough and they are determined.”
Aides of the president told CNN that Biden and his team had for some time considered a speech on the issue of democracy, but in recent days they saw the decision as the basis for undemocratic rhetoric and threats of violence. , The attack on Paul Pelosi greatly worried Biden and his top advisers. The reprehensible home intrusion and assault on Pelosi left the 82-year-old hospitalized for surgery and has since been recovering from a fractured skull, among other injuries.
The aide said before the speech that Biden felt it would be important for him to directly condemn such threats and acts of violence.
The theme of protecting the soul of the nation, and pillars of the country’s democratic system, was at the center of Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign. Since then, the president has spoken on these issues throughout his presidency, but this Wednesday’s speech marked an attempt to vehemently underline what is at stake ahead of the midterm election.
“Democracy is on the ballot this year”
The president also urged Americans to make the idea of voter fraud a deciding factor when they cast their ballots for midterm elections.
“This year, I expect that the future of our democracy will be an important part of your voting decisions and how you vote,” Biden said. “Will that person accept the election result, win or lose?”
Taking a more optimistic tone near the end, Biden said: “You have the power. It’s your choice. It’s your decision, the destiny of the nation, the destiny of America’s soul, it’s where it always is: the people.” With.. on your hand, on your heart, on your ballot. Fellow Americans, we’ll meet now.”