WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that threats by some Republican candidates to refuse to accept the Nov. 8 election results if they lost posed a threat to democracy and he blamed the former President Donald Trump for inspiring them.
“Make no mistake about it, democracy is on the ballot for all of us,” Biden said in a speech just days before Americans are set to decide whether Democrats maintain control of the US Senate and House of Commons. representatives or cede power to the Republicans.
Biden, speaking at Union Station in Washington, not far from Capitol Hill, used the hammer attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at their San Francisco home as proof that democracy is under threat less than two years after January 6. , 2021, attack on the United States Capitol.
“The perpetrator came into the house asking, ‘Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?’ These are the exact same words used by the mob when they stormed the US Capitol on January 6,” Biden said.
He urged voters to “think long and hard about where we find ourselves”.
“As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every level of office in America — for governor, for Congress, for attorney general, for secretary of state — who will not commit to accepting the results of the elections that they ‘I’m in,’ he said.
Biden said election deniers have been inspired by Trump, who mulls a 2024 presidential bid, just as Biden wrestles with deciding whether he wants to run for another four-year term.
Biden said “American democracy is under attack” because Trump will not accept the 2020 election results he lost to Biden.
“He refuses to accept the will of the people, he refuses to accept that he lost,” Biden said.
In addition, former President Barack Obama has also expressed his concerns about the state of democracy.
Speaking at a Democratic rally for state candidates in Arizona on Wednesday night, Obama reflected on past movements to ensure women, African Americans and others who have been marginalized could participate in a democracy that he felt was now in jeopardy.
Biden, who along with Obama is on a campaign frenzy for Democrats in the final days before next Tuesday’s midterm elections, faces the possibility of Republicans taking over Congress, hampering his agenda.
Most medium-term forecasts predict that the Republicans are almost certain to take control of the House, while the Senate is a toss-up.
Biden said “the destiny of the nation” belongs to the people, and he struck an optimistic note as he closed his 20-minute speech.
“My fellow Americans, we will meet at this time. We just need to remember who we are. We are the United States of America. There is nothing beyond our abilities if we do this together,” did he declare.
Voter fraud is extremely rare in America, but a significant number of Americans are affected. A Reuters/Ipsos poll concluded Monday found that 49% of Americans think voter fraud is a widespread problem, with 34% of Democrats and 69% of Republicans agreeing.
Some 44% said they feared the US election was rigged, including 28% Democrats and 62% Republicans.
Despite these beliefs, 67% of those polled said they were confident their own ballots would be counted accurately, including large majorities of Democrats and Republicans.
Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Jeff Mason; written by Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu; Additional reporting by Anirdh Saligrama in Bengaluru; edited by Deepa Babington and Leslie Adler
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